Then, Now, and Al by Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff

This is an interesting lecture by Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff that gives a fascinating commentary on the history of the philosophy of the 20th century and explains how Alvin Plantinga fits in.  This was a paper that Wolterstorff wrote awhile ago and then presented it at Alvin Plantinga’s retirement. Then, Now, […]

0005 Readings in the History of Philosophy – Anaximander

For an explanation of this series, see 0001 – Readings in the History of Philosophy – Introduction   Anaximander (c. 610 – c. 546 BC) may have been a pupil of the great Thales of Miletus.  He lived in Miletus in Ionia which lies in modern day Turkey.  He has […]

Clark on Causation

Which came first, the cause or the effect?  Cause, you’d probably say.  Isn’t it obvious that since causes cause effects they must be before them?  Nope.  Not to everyone.  Take a minute to think of a definition of the term “cause.”  How do you use the term?  Why do you […]

0004 Readings in the History of Philosophy – Pherekydes of Syros

For an explanation of this series, see 0001 – Readings in the History of Philosophy – Introduction   Pherekydes of Syros (6th century BC) is thought to be one of the first philosophers (non-poets) to author a cosmogony (an account of how the universe came into existence).  Pherekydes’ lost cosmogonic […]

0003 Readings in the History of Philosophy – Thales of Miletus

For an explanation of this series, see 0001 – Readings in the History of Philosophy – Introduction   Thales of Miletus (624-586 BC) is regarded by many to be the first philosopher of the western world.  He is noted for being one of the first to predict events in astronomy, […]

Aristotle’s Theory of Predication

In ancient Greece, the arguments of Parmenides of Elea exposed the need for a theory of predication.  Aristotle supplied a controversial but generally robust theory in which he believed he escaped the counterintuitive conclusions of Parmenides.  I found a very good treatment of this theory in Predication, Homonym, and the […]

0002 Readings in the History of Philosophy – Guan Zhong

For an explanation of this series, see 0001 – Readings in the History of Philosophy – Introduction   Guan Zhong (c. 745-645 BC) was an advisor and Prime Minister who served Duke Huan of Qi in China. “When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant […]

0001 – Readings in the History of Philosophy – Introduction

Some men and women in history have devoted much of their lives to the pursuit of the truth.  Some have pursued the truth out of a desire for fame or because of a desire to solve problems.  Others have pursued truth because they are afraid of what may happen if […]

Encouragement from Philo

I have now listened to the first 80 podcasts of The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps by Peter Adamson, which can be downloaded at historyofphilosophy.net.  For the past year, have been slowly working through these podcasts and through Thales to Dewey by Gordon Clark while trying to read a […]

Kant and the Ontological Argument

  Introduction This article aims to explain and comment on Kant’s refutation of The Ontological Argument (OA).  The sections quoted below are from page 500-507 under the heading “The Impossibility of an Ontological Proof of the Existence of God” in Norman Kemp Smith’s translation of A Critique of Pure Reason […]

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