Category Archives: Philosophy

Mind and Cosmos

Originally posted on A Measure of Faith:
Thomas Nagel’s “Mind & Cosmos”, published in 2012, is almost certainly the book that has garnered the most attention over the last couple years in the God debate; and it has thus become…

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Some Bibliography on Naturalism and Secular Humanism

I recently added a ‘recommended resources’ section to Civitas Humana, which provides a bibliography of academic books pertaining to naturalism and secular humanism. Among the topics that the bibliography includes are humanist philosophy, the metaphysics of naturalism, materialist philosophy of mind, … Continue reading

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Missing Religious Ontologies in Ancient Polytheism

Below is a brief paper that I wrote for my “Greek Religion” seminar last quarter, where I address some of the ontologies of religion (e.g. sacred texts, church, dogma) that appear to be absent from ancient Greek polytheism. I discussed … Continue reading

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The Pot Calling the Kettle Black: David Hart’s Rant against Atheism and Naturalism in “The Experience of God”

Theologian and philosopher David Hart’s The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss has made something of a ripple since being published about a year ago in 2013. Shortly after its publication, columnist Oliver Burkeman wrote a review for The Guardian, … Continue reading

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PAMLA 2014 Paper: Philosophically Defining the Supernatural

Yesterday I presented a conference paper at the 112th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA). The conference theme for this year was “Familiar Spirits,” and I presented a paper titled “Philosophically Defining the Supernatural.” The … Continue reading

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History and the Divine Sphere: Homer, Herodotus, and Thucydides

Last academic quarter I taught discussion sections for a course on Classical Greece, in which we studied Greek literature during the 5th century BCE, including the works of Herodotus (c. 484-425 BCE) — the first Western historian — and the historian Thucydides (c. … Continue reading

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History and the Paranormal

You have probably heard it said before that history, as an epistemology, cannot prove miracles. I also have argued previously that history is methodologically naturalist, in that, while it does not preclude the supernatural from existing, it cannot provide warrant … Continue reading

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