Archives for March 2013

From the archives: Gary Gutting on Mackie, Plantinga, and the problem of evil

Part of a series I originally published when leaving grad school, this may also be the longest discussion of a point I like to hammer a lot: no, there is not a consensus that Plantinga basically took care of the problem of evil. See here for part 1 of the series. [Read more…]

Buy me books and I will blog them

I’ve spent a lot of money on books in my life, and normally I’ve been able to afford to do so no problem, but I’m getting leerier of spending so much money on books when I’m trying to support myself on writing income. Obvious solution: beg for books in exchange for writing about them. [Read more…]

Fact checking some outrage over news coverage of the Steubenville case

As you probably know already, two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of raping a teenage girl and sentenced today. I’ve been seeing a bunch of outrage on Twitter and Facebook directed at CNN’s coverage of the verdict, for example this image: [Read more…]

The power of books

Something I created while wasting time last night: [Read more…]

Will there ever be another unmarried president?

Saw this on Facebook: [Read more…]

Pope Francis: strong on economic issues, vulnerable on Argentinian death squads

The new pope is an anti-gay bigot, but you knew that would be the case before the pick was announced. On that front, we may as well just be relieved that the cardinals didn’t pick Peter Turkson, who has defended laws that would give the death penalty for homosexuality. [Read more…]

Currently reading: Timeless Decision Theory

I’ve started reading Eliezer Yudkowsky’s 120 page document Timeless Decision Theory. Hopefully I’ll have something intelligent to say about it in the near future. If you want a taste of it but don’t have time for the whole think, I recommend Luke’s Decision Theory FAQ, as well as Eliezer’s post Newcomb’s Problem and Regret of [Read More…]

From the archives: Gary Gutting on the limits of philosophical argument

This is a post that’s sort of important to me in terms of my personal history, because it was written in December 2010, shortly after I had announced I was leaving the philosophy program at Notre Dame. It was originally part one of a three-part series; let me know in the comments if you’d like [Read More…]

Doug Krueger on Craig’s “PhDs only” rule

Doug Krueger, who’s been offering to debate Craig for years, showed up in the comments on my post on William Lane Craig’s refusal to debate Jeff Lowder to offer up some additional tidbits: [Read more…]