Category: Feser

  • Evil and influence

    [Content warning: post covers news stories about sexual abuse] We’ve covered the right wing trad-catholic obsession with demons as an explanation for un-hellish activity before. This time the news of demons up to no good comes from the musician/game designer/columinst/author/publisher/film producer and hypothetical litigant Vox Day (link for reference http://voxday.blogspot.com/2020/04/a-ferocity-and-intensity.html ) Day is not a […]

  • It’s cosmological arguments all the way down

    For those keeping score not only has Inaugural Dragon Award Winner for Best Horror Novel Not to Feature an Actual Horror Novel, Brian Niemeier got a new post about the existence of god up (https://www.brianniemeier.com/2019/04/a-proof-for-god.html ) but in a outbreak of morphic resonance John C Wright has a post up about the cosmological argument as […]

  • Did fandom cause the collapse of civilisation or vice versa? Let’s Assume Neither :)

    It’s been a long time since I linked to a post by the improbable 2016 Campbell Award Finalist and Inaugural Dragon Award Winner for Best Horror Novel That Was Actually A Space Opera, Brian Niemeier but a posy at his blog caught my eye [direct link, archive link]. Brian’s politics mixes standard alt-right nationalism and […]

  • Ockham, the neo-Thomist right and transgender rights

    Micael Gustavsson asked a good question in the previous post and my reply got so long that I thought it should be a post instead. [A caveat – I’m not an expert on Medieval philosophy or Ockham but I have been to Surrey. Any philosophy professors or expert on the theology of the middle ages […]

  • The Right Really Doesn’t Like William of Ockham

    No, no, not a piece on how the right’s current tendency towards consipracy theories or misplaced explanations. The Right (or at least the tiny section of the right who knows who he was) don’t like the actual William of Ockham 1285-1347. William, an English Fransciscan monk is an important figure in the philosophy of epistmology […]

  • Is Martin Freeman Lucy Liu? (and other theological questions)

     In the US a Christian college is sanctioning a member of its staff who asserted that Islam worships the same god as Christianity. Apparently this is a controversial notion and at odds with the college’s official doctrine. Now for an atheist the argument is a bit like asking whether Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny lee-Miller both […]

  • Review: The Last Superstition – A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser

    In various previous posts I’ve looked at aspects of Feser’s book in some detail. In this last post I want to give a more general review. The Last Superstition – A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser claims to be an attempt to show that atheism is essentially irrational and that belief in […]

  • Review: Feser – Part 9

    Review: Feser – Part 9

    Part1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 , Part 6 , Part 7 and Part 8 The Last Superstition – A Refutation of the New Atheism: The New Scholasticism in Action Feser’s book is relatively thin on original ideas as it is intended to be primarily advocacy for Aquinas’s approach to philosophy. Fewer […]

  • Review: Feser – Part 8

    Part1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 , Part 6 and Part 7 The Last Superstition – A Refutation of the New Atheism: The Scholastic Dead End. In Part 7 I discussed how mathematics broke from Platonism and from a pre-dominant metaphysics. As I noted there, the various foundational crises in mathematics did […]

  • Review: Feser – Part 7

    Part1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 The Last Superstition – A Refutation of the New Atheism: Mathematics and Geometry Part Seven? Seriously? Do not be misled – that I am over seven thousand words into a review of a relatively short book does not indicate that this is a […]

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