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Ontology 101 part 3

The following three criteria can be used to generate a set of categories of kinds of entities:C1. Is this entity a natural entity?C2*. Is this entity able to affect a natural entity?C3. Is this entity a person?We are looking at various pairings of these criteria to see whether some combinations can be eliminated as being incoherent.  In previous posts, I briefly considered the pairing of (C1) and (C2*),  and the pairing of  (C1) and (C3), and now I will consider the … [Read more...]

Ontology 101 part 2

The following three criteria can be used to generate a set of categories of kinds of entities:C1. Is this entity a natural entity?C2. Is this entity able to affect nature?C3. Is this entity a person?I modified the second criterion slightly, to avoid dragging in a fourth criterion:(C2*)  Is this entity able to affect a natural entity?We are looking at various pairings of these criteria to see whether some combinations can be eliminated as being incoherent.  In the previous post, I … [Read more...]

Ontology 101

I’m no expert in metaphysics, so this post won’t be a polished lecture for a philosophy class (I do, however, have certification from Honda Motors to do repairs and maintenance on their cars, but that was from 1980, so it probably has expired).  But the questions raised by Jeff Lowder in his recent post on Moral Ontology  (http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2012/12/moral-ontological-argument2.html) intrigue me, and perhaps I can make a small contribution towards development of … [Read more...]

Swinburne on the Perfect Goodness of God

In Chapter 11 of The Coherence of Theism (revised edition, hereafter: COT), Richard Swinburne argues (among other things) that the following sentence makes a coherent statement: (PG) There is a person who is perfectly good.Perfect goodness is one of the divine attributes that theists use to define the word 'God'.  In order to show that the statement 'God exists' makes a coherent statement, Swinburne attempts to show that each of the divine attributes that are used to define the word … [Read more...]

A Red-winged Blackbird

My daughter is a freshman philosophy student who is currently writing her second-ever essay in philosophy.  The topic is Descartes Meditations.  We have been discussing the deceptive god and evil genius skeptical arguments for the past week.  So, my disagreement with Stephen Law about the relevance (or irrelevance) of the Kalam cosmological argument to the evil god hypothesis coincides nicely with philosophical discussions going on in my own household.  One question at issue … [Read more...]

Marriage Equality in the state of Washington

I'm proud to be a citizen of one of the first states to pass a Marriage Equality act (Referendum Measure No. 74 in Washington).70% of the ballots in the state have now been tallied, and Referendum 74 is currently ahead by about 6 percentage points (53% to 47%). There are a little over 370,000 more ballots to count, but 133,000 of those are from the largest and most liberal county in the state: King county (where I live), and King county is approving 74 by a large margin (about 66% to 34%), … [Read more...]

God’s Goodness and the Resurrection of Jesus

Most defenses of the resurrection of Jesus have focused on historical questions, for example:Q1. Was Jesus crucified in Jerusalem by Roman soldiers around 30 C.E.?Q2. Did Jesus die on the cross on the same day he was crucified?Q3. Was Jesus buried in a stone tomb on the evening of the day he was crucified?Q4. Was the tomb where Jesus' body was placed found empty on Sunday morning, about 36 hours after his body was removed from the cross?But the belief that Christians hold is not merely that some … [Read more...]

Jehovah is a Sexist – Part 6

I have finished examining the first three chapters of Genesis, and have also provided more than a dozen other examples from other parts of the Old Testament that show Jehovah to be a sexist (freely borrowing from Michael Coogan's excellent book God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says):http://crossexamination.blogspot.com/2012/09/is-islam-evil-part-7.htmlIn summary,  my reasoning goes like this: Jehovah is a sexist, so Jehovah is less than a perfectly good person.  If Jehovah is less … [Read more...]


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