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Mereological Essentialism Restricted

Article (Philosophy)

Do wholes have their parts essentially? If y is ever a part of x, is the property of having y as one of its parts then essential to x, so that y will necessarily be a part of x as...

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Moral Rights, Moral Responsibility and the Contemporary Failure of Moral Knowledge

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Human rights are in desperate straits around the world. They are widely proclaimed, but brutally violated on a mind-numbing scale. The basic outlook which I wish to represent in this talk is that moral rights depend, for their effective implementation,...

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Naturalism’s Incapacity to Capture the Good Will

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One area that has been a problem for the Naturalistic outlook has been the ethical. Judgments about who is a good or bad person, what is the right or wrong act and what ought or ought not to be done...

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No Pluralism In Moral Matters

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Pluralism urges us to regard alternative ways of being and acting as equally acceptable. But Does the idea of pluralism make any sense as applied to morality? Or does pluralism become an issue only so far as morality is not...

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Non-Reductive and Non-Eliminative Physicalism?

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John Searle has argued that there is a simple solution to the age-old problem of the relationship between the mind and the body. It has been available to "any educated person" for about a century, ever "since serious work began...

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Notes for Two Talks on Intelligent Design, Evolution, and the Purpose of Education

Lecture (Philosophy)

Part I: USC Templeton: The Case of Intelligent Design—Current Controversies In the sense relevant here, a design is an arrangement of elements to form a larger whole, typically a whole that serves some larger function.  It can...

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Observations on Current Leadership Issues in Higher Education

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Several profoundly significant facts characterize Christian and other institutions of higher education at the present time: Administrative leadership is disconnected from what is taught as 'knowledge'.  The situation in higher education today is one where existing institutions, both Christian...

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On the Texture and Substance of the Human Soul

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Colin McGinn comments that "the idea of a peculiarly mental substance is, when you think about it, extremely weird: it is quite unclear that there is any intelligible conception associated with the words `immaterial substance'. This is shown in the...

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On What To Make of The Republic, Book 1

Critical Review (Philosophy)

The first Book of The Republic (Steph. 327-354) usually strikes the contemporary student as quite puzzling.  A number of personalities are introduced whom we today rarely have any sense at all of their significance.  They all meant something...

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Personal Soul Care

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Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Prov. 4:23, NASB The call of God to minister the gospel is a high honor and a noble challenge. It carries with it unique opportunities as...

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Phenomenological Tendencies in British Moral Theory

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There is an inherent phenomenological tendency in British moral theory, especially from JOHN LOCKE <1632-1704> onward. The purpose of his Essay<1690> was, he said, to consider the discerning faculties of a man, as they are employed...

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Phenomenology and Metaphysics

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I Under the heading of "Husserl's Ontology" I have chosen to discuss the troubled relationship between phenomenology and metaphysics. Like oil and water, they are not supposed to mix except as subjects of thought and discourse. Doing phenomenology is...

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Predication as Originary Violence:  A Phenomenological Critique of Derrida’s View of Intentionality

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What happens to intentionality in the thought of Jacques Derrida? When he is finished--when the terminological chain of differance has been finely interwoven with and marked off from that of "presence"--what has been made of that common state of...

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Preface: Life Without Lack

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity)

God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. —2 Corinthians 9 :8   The world is a perfectly good and safe place to...

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Preface: Painting as a Pastime

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity)

Battered and torn by disastrous turns of events in government service, Churchill sought relief from the pain of dashed hopes and public humiliation through experimentation with the art of painting. This opened to him an unsuspected world of vitality, order,...

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Preface: The Allure of Gentleness

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity, Philosophy)

“What are the hard questions that smother faith?”—Dallas Willard   The question above comes from a conversation I had with my father, Dallas Willard, about this book. Answering hard questions is what he wanted the book...

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Preface: The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Philosophy)

Human life has an inescapable moral dimension. That is, it essentially involves choices with reference to what is good and evil, right and wrong, duty and failure to do what ought to be done. Any human community, whatever its scope,...

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Preface: Until Christ is Formed in You

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity)

“My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” (Gal. 4:19)   It is clear from Paul’s letters that he was indeed passionately concerned for the spiritual...

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Realism Sustained? Interpreting Husserl’s Progression Into Idealism

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It is generally believed among those familiar with Husserl’s philosophy that in his earlier career he adopted a realist theory of knowledge, represented by his Logical Investigations, and that he later modified that realist theory in such a...

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Realist Analysis of the Relationship Between Logic and Experience (A)

Article (Philosophy)

By "logic" I shall understand the intellectual and practical contents of academic courses under the heading of "Logic," and that would take in the contents of the textbooks used and lectures given in such courses. So we wish here to...

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Redemption of Reason (The)

Article (Christianity, Philosophy)

I’m speaking this morning on "The Redemption of Reason" because I think that is the most salient thing I can talk about from the point of view of my work as a philosopher. The task assigned to me...

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Reductionism: A Response to Professor Ellis

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I agree with so much of what professor Ellis says that I am, no doubt, less than the ideal commentator in this case. Nevertheless, I found his presentation to be highly interesting and instructive—and highly important in this...

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Reflections on Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker

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What logical relation, if any, does the theory of evolution have to the argument from the existence of order in the world of nature to the existence of a mind as causal source of (significant aspects of) the world of...

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Rethinking Evangelism

Article (Christianity)

A LOT OF PEOPLE SUSPECT THAT NOT ONLY IS the world shifting in some significant ways, but assumptions of what it means to do evangelism in that world are shifting, as well. The questions, of course, are not only about...

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Review: A Critical Study of Husserl and Intentionality

Article (Philosophy)

I This remarkable book is one of the most significant studies in Husserl's philosophy to appear in recent decades. It is a major expression of a tendency in Husserl interpretation that has been developing for some time, rooted primarily...

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