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Tooley's Reply to Craig's New A Posteriori Argument

In this video, Michael Tooley offers what I take to be a successful undercutting defeater for Craig's latest a posteriori argument for the second premise of his version of the kalam cosmological argument. The relevant segment occurs from 1:13:35 to 1:17:00. Note Craig's appeal to the Common Apologetic Strategy.  

(For what it's worth, our previous discussions of Craig's latest a posteriori argument for the second premise of his kalam cosmological argument can be found here and here.)

Kahane on Cosmic Insignificance

Guy Kahane (Oxford) has an interesting new paper (in the latest issue of Nous) on cosmic insignificance. Here's the abstract: The universe that surrounds us is vast, and we are so very small. When we reflect on the vastness of the universe, our humdrum cosmic location, and the inevitable future demise of humanity, our lives can seem utterly insignificant. Many philosophers assume that such worries about our significance reflect a banal metaethical confusion. They dismiss the very idea of cosmic significance. This, I argue, is a mistake. Worries about cosmic insignificance do not express metaethical worries about objectivity or nihilism, and we can make good sense of the idea of cosmic significance and its absence. It is also possible to explain why the vastness of the universe can make us feel insignificant. This impression does turn out to be mistaken, but not for the reasons typically assumed. In fact, we might be of immense cosmic significance—though we cannot, at this point, te…