[Feser] Stuck in the Map-Territory Gap

As promised yesterday, this is the kickoff of my analysis of and questions about Edward Feser's The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism.  Yesterday, in the index post, I pasted in Feser's summary of Aristotle's Four Causes which you may want to refer back to.  I'm interested in Feser's book because he's making the pitch that if you believe in moral order and some kind of telos for people, Christianity will follow inexorably.  Since I fit the first part of his modus ponens, I want t … [Read more...]

Human Approximations of Morality

Kant lecture

Adam Lee, author of Daylight Atheism, has just gotten into an argument with Peter Hitchens over Divine Command Theory.  Peter Hitchens contends: "For a moral code to be effective, it must be attributed to, and vested in, a nonhuman source. It must be beyond the power of humanity to change it to suit itself." Adam responded in two posts, the first titled "There Is No Non-Human Moral Authority" and a second responding to comments Hitchens made in-thread. I think I disagree with both the guys in … [Read more...]

Who Gets to Use Lewis’s Excuse?

Now that college is over, and I'm wrapping up my guest stint at Daylight Atheism, I finally have time to get back to reading and blogging about books (or more precisely, books about atheism and philosophy, since if I were blogging through all the YA fantasy I've been reading, this would be a very different blog).  I've just finished C.S. Lewis's The Problem of Pain, but I'm not that interested in discussing the main thesis of the book since, as I've said before, I don't think theodicy is a … [Read more...]

One last look at sight

This post is part of a series on morality and mathematics.  If you're not into timeless conceptions of physics, you should probably check out the other posts first.I’m swear at some point I’m going to finish up with the sight metaphor and get back to some of the posts I had planned, but in the comments of one of yesterday’s posts, Hendy brought up one idea I really want to address.Hendy said: Essentially, we seem to have honed in on what humans value and made systems that support those a … [Read more...]