What is Philosophy – Part 2

Some people (who are sadly mistaken) think that the question "What is philosophy?" can be answered simply by picking up a dictionary and reading the definition (or definitions) of the word "philosophy".  Although it is delusional to look to a dictionary to resolve this issue, it is not a bad idea to start out this investigation by taking a look at some dictionary definitions, on the assumption that this is only a first step of an inquiry, not the last step.Some basic clarification and … [Read more...]

How Many Ways to Analyze the Word ‘God’ – Part 7

My last post on this subject (How Many Ways to Analyze the Word 'God' - Part 6) was from way back in February of 2011.In that post I claimed that one can generate over 233 million definitions of ‘divine person’ from a set of just four attributes:1. power 2. knowledge 3. freedom 4. goodness Since the word 'God' can be analyzed in relation to the phrase 'divine person', this means that one can generate over 233 million definitions of 'God'.Recently in looking over my previous an … [Read more...]

What is Philosophy? – Part 1

The question "What is philosophy?" is an important question.  One reason this question is important is that we must answer this question FIRST, before we can answer any of the following questions:Q1. Is philosophy a legitimate academic discipline?Q2. Is philosophy useful?Q3. Can investigation/inquiry/argumentation in philosophy produce answers to significant questions?Q4. Can any significant claims be proven or shown to be more reasonable than their denial by use of the methods, … [Read more...]

The Nature of Naturalism

Over the last year (or two?), I've had on-again and off-again exchanges on various blogs with reader "Crude" about the definition of metaphysical naturalism. I'd like to comment on his (?) recent objections in the combox on Victor Reppert's blog start with the linked comment here and work your way down. Each time we've had an exchange, I've (virtually speaking) walked away scratching my head, not feeling the force of Crude's objections. Since that could be due to a misunderstanding on my part, … [Read more...]