10 Reasons to Reject Scripturalism – Response Part 5 of 10

By C.Jay Engel and Luke Miner Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Objection 5 The occasionalist psychology of belief is in conflict with Scripturalism and yet is regularly appealed to by Scripturalists as an alternative to genuinely empirical modes of knowledge. Occasionalism that is, the idea that God […]

Party People and Epicurean Hedonism

Hedonism is the philosophy that pleasure the highest good.  A hedonist is a pleasure-lover.  Often, this philosophy is associated with people of the party spirit; those drunken carousing revelers who roll in at dawn and wake up at noon.  The Epicureans show up in Acts 17 and question Paul with […]

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 […]

Parmenides and a Definition of Truth

In Plato’s writing, Parmenides, Socrates paid a visit to Parmenides and Zeno.  As Zeno was explaining Parmenides’ views to some listeners, Socrates spoke up and presented an alternative to Parmenides’ theory.  Old Parmenides was impressed by Socrates when he came out and listened so he questioned Socrates until Socrates was […]

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 […]

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