Ferguson

Although this has nothing to do with the philosophy of religion, I'd like to make an exception and dedicate a post to what happened in Ferguson, Missouri. I have zero expertise or authority on any of the several issues involved here. My main goal is to provider readers a chance to discuss in the combox here if they are so inclined.In order to get the conversation going, I'll offer a few points / observations / links.I'm white; I live nowhere near Ferguson, Missouri; and I have no idea … [Read more...]

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...]

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 Philosophical Disquisitions Journal Club

One of my favorite blogs, Philosophical Disquisitions, just announced the Philosophical Disquisitions Journal Club. Essentially, it will work like any normal academic journal club wherein academic papers are read and critically analysed and discussed by a group of interested people. So every month a paper will be nominated (by me or someone else), those who are interested can read the paper, and then join in a discussion about it here on the blog. You can even join in if you haven't read the … [Read more...]

Returning to the Speaking and Debate Circuit

After a long hiatus, I'm finally ready to return to the speaking and debate circuit. If you'd like me to visit your school or group to speak or debate, please let me know. … [Read more...]

Hysterical Homophobe Fred Phelps Dies

I just got the message that the Rev. Fred Phelps has died:http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/anti-gay-pastor-fred-phelps-sr-dies-84-22986518#.UysiKRZcHhI.emailPhelps and his congregation became infamous by picketing funerals for those killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan with signs reading "Thank God for IED's (Improvised explosive devices that accounted for many casualties)." Their "reasoning" was that God permitted American soldiers to be killed as punishment for America's … [Read more...]

John Shook Is Now on Patheos in the Atheist Channel

Philosopher John Shook now has his own blog in the Patheos Atheist Channel. About John: John R. Shook is a scholar and professor living in the Washington, D.C. area. After receiving his PhD in philosophy from the University at Buffalo in 1994, he taught at small colleges and then was a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000 to 2006. John then joined the faculty of the Science and the Public online EdM program at the University at Buffalo, and he continues to be an … [Read more...]

Arrogant Atheists?

This is more than two months old, but I still think this is interesting.https://blogs.elon.edu/servingatheists/?p=1535What's interesting to me is that, according to these survey results, there is a certain symmetry between, on the one hand, theistic stereotypes about atheists, and, on the other hand, atheistic stereotypes about theists.  Dominant Theistic View Dominant Atheistic ViewMorality of "Other" Side Atheists are less moral than theists Atheists are as or … [Read more...]


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