Kant’s Practical Moral Argument for Belief in God

There's an interesting argument in Immanuel Kant's Critique of Practical Reason. Moral theories, he claims, all ultimately rest on three postulates: God, freedom, and immortality of the soul. If one wants to believe in and pursue the moral life, one ought to also accept these postulates as the a priori conditions for doing so. Why …

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Augustine and the Knowledge of God

The following post is from a paper I wrote for a Fall 2015 course in Ancient Philosophy. _________________________________________________________________________________ Introduction Arguments for the existence of God populate much of ancient and early modern philosophy, and still find their way into religious apologetics, academic debates, and other venues today. Though it is often claimed that many believe …

How Not to Defend the ‘Conceptual Penis’ Hoax

Lately there has been much talk and much debate surrounding a certain hoax paper published by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay. Attempting to follow in the footsteps of Alan Sokal and his famous hoax, Boghossian and Lindsay submitted a nonsense piece of writing to Cogent Social Sciences entitled "The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct." …

The Trump Administration and Plato’s Prophetic Critique of Democracy

In the run up to the presidential election last year, it felt like it became commonplace at some point to hear Trump referred to as a demagogue. Arguably, there is no better word for it, with the way he appealed to fear and patriotic bravado to mobilize his supporters, while neglecting to give the slightest …