Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kahane's Fantastic New Paper on the Axiological Implications of Theism

Kahane, Guy. "If There is a Hole, It is not God-Shaped", in Kraay (ed.). The Axiological Implications of Theism (forthcoming). The penultimate draft can be found here.

Absolutely essential reading.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Deem's New Critique of Plantinga's and Stich's Evolutionary Arguments Against Cognitive Reliability

Deem, Michael J. "A Flaw in the Stich-Plantinga Challenge to Evolutionary Reliabilism", Analysis (forthcoming).

The penultimate draft can be found here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Intriguing New Critique of Theistic Platonism

Baras, Dan. "A Reliability Challenge to Theistic Platonism", Analysis  (2017) doi: 10.1093/analys/anx089.

Here's the abstract:
Many philosophers believe that when a theory is committed to an apparently unexplainable massive correlation, that fact counts significantly against the theory. Philosophical theories that imply that we have knowledge of non-causal mind-independent facts are especially prone to this objection. Prominent examples of such theories are mathematical Platonism, robust normative realism and modal realism. It is sometimes thought that theists can easily respond to this sort of challenge and that theism therefore has an epistemic advantage over atheism. In this paper, I will argue that, contrary to widespread thought, some versions of theism only push the challenge one step further and thus are in no better position than atheism.
The penultimate draft can be found here.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Grinbaum's New Critique of the Argument from the Effectiveness of Mathematics

In the 1960s, Eugene Wegner argued that the effectiveness of mathematics to explain and describe the natural world is a philosophical problem. Since then, a number of theists have appealed to Wegner's work as the basis for a theistic argument.

In a new paper ("The Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Physics of the Unknown", Synthese. (2017). doi:10.1007/s11229-017-1490-0), Alexei Grinbaum offers a reply to Wegner's original argument. The paper can be found here.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

My Debate with Michael Rota on God's Existence

A video of the debate can be found here.

(Apologies about the $2 rental fee. I hold no rights to the video, and I make no profit from it. In fact, I'd have to pay for it to watch it!)

My Podcast Interview on Real Atheology

The interview covers theism's problem of creation ex nihilo and other topics. Those interested can listen here at Real Atheology. Relevant blog posts can be found here

Many thanks to Justin Schieber and Ben Watkins for having me on RA! It's an excellent podcast. I highly recommend it to readers of this blog who are interested in valuable conversations about contemporary philosophy of religion.

Review of Mawson's God and the Meanings of Life

Craig G. Bartholomew reviews the book for NDPR.

Review of Lewis & Barnes' A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely-Tuned Cosmos

Yann Benétreau-Dupin reviews the book for NDPR.

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