What Happened to Quentin Smith?

Quentin Smith used to be a prolific philosopher, but, if PhilPapers.org is accurate, it has been many years since he's published anything new. He used to have his own website, which is now gone. His faculty page at WMU, which used to contain his vita and links to papers, is now stripped down to very minimal content. People tell me they've been unable to get ahold of him.I hope he is okay. If anyone has any information (and they are allowed to share it), please post a comment below or send me … [Read more...]

I Post a Reply to Jerry Coyne and Now I Am Blocked from Commenting on His Blog

I am used to this kind of behavior from some Christiana apologists, but not from fellow atheists. When I attempted to post the following comment on his blog post, alerting his readers to the fact that Coyne had unintentionally misrepresented my argument, I learned that I have been blocked from commenting on his blog.Dr. Coyne -- Thanks for your article and your interest in the argument. I don't think you've fairly represented Draper argument, however. I will explain why in detail on my blog … [Read more...]

What Happened to Philo?

Is it just me or has it been a while since a new issue of Philo was published? (For those who didn't know: Philo  used to be subtitled, "The Journal of the Society of Humanist Philosophers." It was subsequently re-subtitled as "A Journal of Philosophy.") Also, I see that its website is now significantly different than it had been. It now appears to be setup using the "Open Journal System" (OJS) software. … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from Moral Agency Revisited: A Reply to Jerry Coyne

1. IntroductionBiologist Jerry Coyne recently blogged about an argument I've called the "evidential argument from moral agency" (EMA). The argument was formulated by (then-agnostic, now-atheist) Paul Draper in an article in the American Philosophical Quarterly. (See here for a free copy.) I've blogged about the argument twice: see here and here.  It appears that Coyne has only seen the first blog post, which he says he finds easier to read than Draper's essay, but since he doesn't actually … [Read more...]

God-of-the-Gaps Arguments Summarized in One Word


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Boghossian: Publishing in Phil of Religion = Childish

I confess I had to do a double-take when I read the following tweet from Peter Boghossian. Being published in the philosophy of religion should disqualify one from sitting at the adult table.— Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) June 15, 2014 Notice what Boghossian is claiming. Boghossian is not just claiming that theists who have had books or articles published in the philosophy of religion should be disqualified from sitting at the adult table. His claim applies equally to nontheists who … [Read more...]

Review of Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and Its Implications

http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/48658-contemporary-philosophical-naturalism-and-its-implications/ … [Read more...]

Christian Apologetics and Politics

It's remarkable how many Christian apologists feature anti-Obama posts, links, etc., as if that were part of defending the claims of Christianity.(If any Christian apologists read this, I think I understand why you disagree with various Obama policies and how your disagreement relates to your faith. I'm just surprised to see partisan politics mixed in with apologetics, since I can imagine many of your potential "converts" may be more sympathetic to Obama's policies than you are and so may be … [Read more...]