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Erik Wielenberg and the Autonomy thesis: part four Intrinsic goodness

March 31st, 2017 22 Comments

In my last two posts, I argued that  Erik Wielenberg fails to show that Godless Normative Robust Realism (GRNR) avoids some of the standard objections to the autonomy thesis. This brings me to Wielenberg’s third claim III, Wielenberg suggests that GRNR is prima facie preferable to various theistic accounts of axiological properties. Several authors have […]

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Mark Murphy Reviews Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.

April 30th, 2012 3 Comments

Those who have followed my recent discussions of Walter Sinnott-Armstrong’s writings on God and Morality. Might be interested in this review of Armstrong’s book “Morality without God”  by Mark Murphy in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Mark  is a lecturer in moral philosophy at Georgetown University. He is is one of the leading critics of divine command ethics […]

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Ethics: What Does God have to do with it? @ Auckland University

July 11th, 2011 4 Comments

World class Ethicists John Hare (Yale Divinity) and Mark Murphy (Georgetown Philosophy) are in town for the Naturalisms in Ethics Conference and the Meeting of the Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association at the University of Auckland where they will be speaking along with New Zealand’s top Ethicists. We leaped on the opportunity to organise the following […]

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Fallacy Friday: Denying the Antecedent

April 30th, 2011 31 Comments

This week I will look at the fallacy of denying the antecedent. Before I can elaborate exactly what is involved in this fallacy, it is important to introduce and analyse some valid arguments that are superficially similar. Modus Ponens One of the very first valid inferences one learns in logic is modus ponens. To use […]

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Freedom, Science and Christianity: A Response to James Valliant Part II

February 18th, 2010 2 Comments

Recently Peter Cresswell published a guest post by James Valliant, which originally appeared on SOLO. In Freedom, Science and Christianity: A Response to James Valliant Part I, I addressed Valliant’s claims that science and freedom of religion were unanimously opposed by Christians and the success of science and freedom of religion in Europe was solely […]

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Does Abortion Benefit the Fetus? A Critique of Himma Part 2

December 24th, 2009 7 Comments

In my previous post, Does Abortion Benefit the Fetus? A Critique of Himma Part 1, I discussed Kenneth Einar Himma’s argument that even if a fetus is a human being, laws permitting feticide are compatible with the harm principle.I elaborated an important objection to Himma’s argument, an objection articulated by Mark Murphy, which appeals to […]

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Does Abortion Benefit the Fetus? A Critique of Himma Part 1

December 18th, 2009 7 Comments

This series was developed from the paper I gave to the Auckland STAANZ Conference: Eschatology and Pneumatology. In Is Abortion Liberal? I suggested that one cannot simultaneously affirm the harm principle, accept that a fetus is a human being, and support permissive abortion laws. If abortion is homicide then it harms a human being, and […]

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