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June 19, 2013
How much should you trust your empathy?
Recently, in The New Yorker, psychologist Paul Bloom took a shot at the idea that...
January 16, 2013
God and the Moral Law in Mormonism
After I wrote a review of The God Who Weeps, a book about Mormonism, I...
October 24, 2012
Bob, can I interest you in Transhumanism?
Bob Seidensticker has looked over my recent post on objective morality and hard to get...
October 19, 2012
Objective Morality and Hard to Get at Truths
Bob Seidensticker has been checking out C.S. Lewis, and he's put up a post explaining...
September 24, 2012
What are your utils denominated in?
In the comment threads for the "Hey! I didn't say Science Says!" post, there...
July 23, 2012
Head to Head with Hemant Mehta
Last week, I got to do an interview/argument with fellow Patheos blogger and Friendly Atheist...
June 18, 2012
Doing Comment Triage [check back for updates]
I really appreciate all the warm messages of support that I'm getting in the announcement...
June 18, 2012
This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal
Update: I'm starting to work through the comments section and respond here. For several years,...
June 11, 2012
It’s Teleology All the Way Down (Blogathon 4/12)
This post is number four of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon. I'm responding...
May 07, 2012
Have Humans ‘Won’ Evolution?
In the comments of my last post on evolution and the source of moral law,...
May 04, 2012
Scared of Darwin for All the Wrong Reasons
UPDATE: I've expanded a response to a commenter in a new post: "Have Humans 'Won'...
April 25, 2012
Immoral Moral Law, Unnatural Nature
Squeltchtoad's Immoral Moral Law thought experiment was weird and paradoxical enough that I had a...
April 23, 2012
An Objective Immoral Moral Law
My friend Squelchtoad has posed another useful thought example up at his interblag. I'm excerpting...
April 12, 2012
Morality in Multiple Dimensions
In college, I got into a lot of debates about moral relativism, cultural imperialism, and epistemological modesty. When we...
April 12, 2012
We Go Together / Like Essence and Telos / Doo-bop a doo-bee doo
Here's Adam of Daylight Atheism's reply to the questions I asked him yesterday about the...
April 11, 2012
Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism recently reran an essay he wrote in response to Peter Hitchens ("Atheists...
April 02, 2012
If only I weren’t determined to fight about free will!
The Chronicle of Higher Education is holding an essay symposium on Free Will and I...
February 29, 2012
Evolution Doesn’t Select for Ethics
Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards. I’m one of five...
January 03, 2012
It’s Utilitarianism All the Way Down?
In the recent thread on human-independent morality, Ash had a question for me and Adam...
December 30, 2011
Human Approximations of Morality
Adam Lee, author of Daylight Atheism, has just gotten into an argument with Peter Hitchens...
November 29, 2011
It’s a Fair Cop, Douthat
In a response to a lot of the debate that followed Jennifer Fulwiler's conversion story...
May 29, 2011
Who Gets to Use Lewis’s Excuse?
Now that college is over, and I'm wrapping up my guest stint at Daylight Atheism,...
April 04, 2011
Challenge Accepted: God’s Obligations
Brandon Watson, a philosophy professor who blogs at Siris, has taken a crack at one...
March 30, 2011
Play it Again: God’s Genocides
This is a new feature for the site, where I'm going to try to pull...
March 06, 2011
The Euthyphro Strikes Back
This week, The King and I blog (which is doing a guided reading through the...
February 16, 2011
Case Study in my Ethics/Metaphysics
Yesterday, I posted an adaptation of a speech I gave at Yale and promised to...
January 20, 2011
Follow Up on Sam Harris
Just as a quick follow-up to my post on The Moral Landscape, I wanted to...
January 18, 2011
Taking a Wrong Turn in the Moral Landscape
I really, really wanted to like Sam Harris’s The Moral Landscape: How Science Can...
December 31, 2010
Questions for Atheists: Does Moral Law Exist in Itself?
This post is one in a series responding to Michael Egnor's challenge to New Atheists to explain what they...
August 11, 2010
Natural Moral Theory is Bunk
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