Ethical Intuitionism w/ Prof. Michael Huemer

Watch: Metaethics & Moral Realism Michael Huemer recently joined me to talk about metaethics, moral realism vs. antirealism, and his own preferred theory of ethical intuitionism. We also touched on evolutionary debunking arguments, companions in guilt, 'moral platonism', widespread moral disagreement, moral fictionalism, mistakes skeptics often make, and much else in moral philosophy. In his … Continue reading Ethical Intuitionism w/ Prof. Michael Huemer

New Stuff Hot Off The Press

I've been very active in the last month or so, despite the relative quiet on this blog. Here's what I've been up to: Atheist Makes the Case for Theism - w/ Adherent Apologetics Debate Breakdown: Christopher Hitchens vs. David Berlinski - w/ Ben Burgis Five Arguments Against God - w/ Jonathan MS Pearce Why bother debating … Continue reading New Stuff Hot Off The Press

We probably shouldn’t do anything about wild animal suffering

TL;DR Wild animal suffering – is it possible to do anything about it? Should we do anything about it? Even though the general principles that inform our concern for animal welfare shouldn’t be arbitrarily limited to animals outside the wild, I think intervention on any serious scale would be ill-advised. The natural order is deeply … Continue reading We probably shouldn’t do anything about wild animal suffering

God Probably Doesn’t Exist

Watch: A Catholic and an Atheist Debate God and Religion Here's my opening statement from the recent debate with John Buck on God's existence: In my rebuttal, I look forward to responding to the arguments that John has brought to the fore. But first I’d like to build a positive case of my own. I … Continue reading God Probably Doesn’t Exist

Teleological Evil 

“With respect to the theological view of the question: This is always painful to me. I am bewildered. I had no intention to write atheistically, but . . . I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae [parasitic wasp] with the express intention of their feeding within … Continue reading Teleological Evil 

Mysterianism: Rational Pessimism in the Metaphysics of Consciousness

What is consciousness? This intractable question, it’s often said, is a great mystery that philosophers and scientists will struggle to decipher for ages to come. There’s a sense in which this is clearly wrong. You know what consciousness is simply by virtue of being a conscious creature. Of course, the inner life of a subject … Continue reading Mysterianism: Rational Pessimism in the Metaphysics of Consciousness

Does God Exist? Opening Statement

I recently participated in a “devil’s advocate” debate on God’s existence. I defended theism, and my opponent, Christian Idealism, defended naturalism. Below is the transcript of my expanded opening statement. There were a few paragraphs which were saved for the rebuttal segment, but they’ve been included here. Here’s a link to the debate The post-debate … Continue reading Does God Exist? Opening Statement

William James’ Evolutionary Argument Against Epiphenomenalism

Imagine that pain and pleasure were inverted: behavior that usually brought about painful experiences instead brought about pleasant experiences, and vice versa. Poking yourself in the eye with a stick felt like quenching your thirst. Eating a good meal felt like being burned. Adaptive behavior felt excruciating, while maladaptive behavior was rewarding. To make matters … Continue reading William James’ Evolutionary Argument Against Epiphenomenalism

The Argument from Psychophysical Harmony

I was recently joined by Dr. Dustin Crummett to discuss a new argument from consciousness for theism. (Though psychophysical harmony is evidence for theism, it may be equally good evidence for non-theistic hypotheses that I find interesting, like axiarchism and natural teleology.) This is from the introduction of the paper: This paper develops a new … Continue reading The Argument from Psychophysical Harmony

Logical Fallacies?

Take a look at nearly any book on critical thinking and you’ll come across a list of fallacies: ad hominem, argument from ignorance, the naturalistic fallacy, god of the gaps, appeal to authority. Informal logical fallacies like these are invoked very often in the skeptic community and elsewhere. The problem is that many of these … Continue reading Logical Fallacies?