Feser’s Case for God – Part 7: Feser’s Concept of Change

FOCUS ON CHUNK #1 We are examining the first few premises of Edward Feser’s lengthy (i.e. containing fifty statements) Aristotelian argument for the existence of God, in Chapter 1 of Five Proofs of the Existence of God (hereafter: FPEG).  What I call Chunk #1 of this argument consists of the following premises and inferences: Change is a real feature of the world. But change is the actualization of a potential. So, the actualization of potential is a real feature of the world. No potential… Read more

Act now to protect Net Neutrality

The repeal of net neutrality rules potentially threatens your ability to access content you want (including this site).   Call your member of congress: 202-224-3121   https://www.battleforthenet.com Read more

Taking Atheism Ignorantly

Here is something that appeared recently in an article by one Michael Egnor on a site called “Evolution News.” He advocates taking atheism seriously. https://evolutionnews.org/2017/11/taking-atheism-seriously/ If you look closely you will see that the article has nothing directly to do with evolution. This really is not surprising since, despite its name, “Evolution News” is not a site containing news and information about evolutionary science. It is a creationist site. Maybe we atheists should start a site called “Creationism Triumphs over… Read more

Feser’s Case for God – Part 6: Ambiguity and Unclarity

LACK OF SPECIFICATION IN PREMISE (2) The more I examine Chunk #1 of Feser’s Aristotelian argument for God, in Chapter 1 of Five Proofs of the Existence of God (hereafter: FPEG), the more ambiguous and unclear this part of the argument seems to be. The problems begin with premise (2): 2. But change is the actualization of a potential.   (FPEG, Location 477 ) I initially interpreted premise (2) as asserting this more specific universal generalization: 2a.  ALL LOGICALLY POSSIBLE changes are instances of… Read more

Just how Religious is the Religious Right?

Just how religious is the “religious right?” Very. Just ask them. They will tell you moving stories about how they were lost sinners but gave their hearts to Christ, and have been living the blessed life every since. If being “religious” means being able to give a moving testimony, then they are certainly religious people. Or, perhaps, you are religious if you vigorously assent to every point of doctrine, even the flatly irrational ones. Surely, for someone to believe that,… Read more

Feser’s Case for God – Part 5: Potential Attributes vs. Contingent Attributes

POTENTIAL ATTRIBUTES VS. CONTINGENT ATTRIBUTES I think (i.e. strongly suspect) it is important to understand the relationship between Edward Feser’s concept of the potential attributes of X and logical possibility.  Feser does not provide clarification on this point, at least not in Chapter 1 of his book Five Proofs of the Existence of God (hereafter: FPEG), where he introduces and makes use of the concept of the potential attributes of X.  So, I think it is worthwhile to try to… Read more

Stand by Your Moore (Roy, that is)

Roy Moore’s supporters are standing by their man, despite highly plausible claims of sexual impropriety with girls in their early teens. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/roy-moore-supporters-stand-by-their-candidate-despite-sexual-assault-allegations?mbid=nl_Daily%20111017&CNDID=51648882&spMailingID=12332353&spUserID=MjMxNTQxMDUwNTE2S0&spJobID=1280982401&spReportId=MTI4MDk4MjQwMQS2 Damn liberals! Roy is a good ol’ boy! He was just tryin’ to put a little fun in his fundamentalism. Question: How often did the famously homophobic Moore condemn gays because they allegedly target the underage? More than once, I’ll wager. Read more

Feser’s Case for God – Part 4: Coffee with Parmenides

THE ARGUMENT FOR PREMISE (3) In his book Five Proofs of the Existence of God (hereafter: FPEG), Edward Feser presents an Aristotelian argument for God in Chapter 1.  In Part 2 of this series I divided that argument into seven chunks.  Chunk #1 consists of premises (1) through (14).  The first sub-argument in Chunk #1 goes like this: Change is a real feature of the world. But change is the actualization of a potential. So, the actualization of potential is… Read more

Feser’s Case for God – Part 3: Actualization of Potential

FESER TAKES OWNERSHIP OF THE FIVE ARGUMENTS In Five Proofs of the Existence of God (hereafter: FPEG), Edward Feser presents five “proofs” or arguments, each of which was inspired by an historical philosopher (or two).  However,  Feser takes full ownership of these five arguments, so that none of these arguments is put forward as merely an historical presentation or as merely a scholarly interpretation of a specific argument by an historical philosopher: In my earlier books The Last Superstition and Aquinas,… Read more

Why I am a Free-Speech Fundamentalist

I am a free-speech fundamentalist. That is, I hold that public forums, including public universities, should be open to the free expression of opinion. Period. Even when the opinion is offensive and obnoxious. Especially when the opinion is offensive and obnoxious. There can be no free speech if it is required that the speech not offend anyone. There can be no free speech if only certain viewpoints or ideologies are permitted. There can be no free speech if certain topics… Read more

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