2nd Top Q: “Is It Unfair To Call All Religions ‘Scams’?”

According to the Friendly Atheist, American Atheists are running the ad below in Huntsville, Alabama: Is it fair to call all churches scams?  Obviously there are at least some quite sincere believers.  Do all perpetuations of falsehoods and false promises for profit (of various forms) count as scams?  Or are the only scams those which [Read More...]

Philosophical Ethics: Can We Uphold A Moral Law And A Principle That We Should Break It?

In a series of posts this semester, I am going to blog all (or almost all) the lecture topics for the two Philosophical Ethics classes I am teaching this semester. Each of these posts will primarily explicate the reading or a theme that dominated class discussion in a way that should be accessible to novices [Read More...]

Philosophical Ethics: A Possible Kantian Formula For Determining The Permissibility Of Self-Defense

In a series of posts this semester, I am going to blog all (or almost all) the lecture topics for the two Philosophical Ethics classes I am teaching this semester. Each of these posts will primarily explicate the reading or a theme that dominated class discussion in a way that should be accessible to novices [Read More...]

Ricky Gervais, Atheism, And The Invention Of Lying

I’m really excited about The Invention of Lying, the upcoming Ricky Gervais film.  I started the script last spring online and simply couldn’t stop reading until it was done.  It was not a terribly funny read (except occasionally) but I love films which explore a thought provoking “what if” in a sufficiently thoughtful way and [Read More...]

Tells

Some really interesting tips for detecting liars.  A lot of stuff here that I hadn’t thought of before but they’re really intuitive and make you realize the many ways people can clumsily go about trying to deceive.  A few I found particularly worth note: • Timing and duration of emotional gestures and emotions are off [Read More...]

Kantian Reasons To Lie To The Murderer At The Door?

Michael Cholbi thinks he has some: First, the lie is not meant to advance the happiness either of the liar or of the potential murder victim, but to thwart the abuse of the victim’s autonomy that her murder would represent. Hence, if lying to the murderer is manipulation at all, it is manipulation in the [Read More...]


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