Allan Hazlett Leaves Fordham For Edinburgh

Allan Hazlett arrived at Fordham long after I was done with coursework and, curiously, our primary interactions were in interviewing each other.  When he visited the campus as a prospective member of the faculty I participated in a lunch designed for him to meet the graduate students so that he could learn about the program [Read More...]

Back In Blog

Thanks everyone for your patience the last nearly four weeks as I have been rarely posting new ideas pieces.  I’ve been preoccupied with a short vacation, moving, and then some settling in and taking a few days to do nothing for the first time since finishing the dissertation in the spring. But it’s time to [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Mom!!!

I have the best mom in the world.  Sorry everybody else. From the time I was little until today, I have never for a millisecond had to doubt or worry about my mother’s love for me.  I am sure that without my ever having to think about it or consciously reference it, her love forms [Read More...]

How Did Rational Arguments Persuade You Out Of Belief?

One often hears the dubious claim that rational arguments cannot persuade any one to abandon their religious beliefs or their religious faith traditions.  I find when people perpetuate this idea they are usually trying to stop a debate that they find uncomfortable.  Sometimes people dismiss the possibility of rational persuasion in matters of belief because [Read More...]

Video Of Fordham’s 165th Commencement, At Which I Received My PhD In Philosophy

At 1:05:46-52 you can see me get the diploma (or a piece of paper temporarily representing it—the actual diploma came at the hooding ceremony shortly thereafter).  Back at 1:05:13 they start handing out the scrolls representing diplomas to the PhD graduands in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  The degree is conferred officially conferred by [Read More...]