Wittgenstein: belief, behaviour and beetles
11/28/2012 10:24:00 AM
The topic of todays post is the meaning of mental-state terms, such as belief and desire. These terms are commonly used to refer, somewhat mysteriously, to strange things going on inside our heads. When a person says I believe that > read more
Some thoughts about 'atheism', 'theism' and 'agnosticism'
10/17/2012 16:08:00 PM
It is common for people to describe themselves in relation to the question of the existence of God as 'atheist', 'theist' or 'agnostic'. Even before we get into the interminable debate as to whether there really is such a thing as God, I think there > read more
Colin McGinn on the limits of explanation
10/11/2012 07:50:00 AM
McGinn: mean but fairThere has been a widespread assumption in philosophy, and other disciplines, that the problems of the world are there waiting to be solved, and that indeed they can and will be solved by human beings. The problem of consciousness > read more
'If time-travel is possible, where are all the time-travellers?'
08/31/2012 03:44:00 AM
Philosophy Of... returns, after a short leave of absence! > read more
05/13/2012 15:28:00 PM
In 'The Barber Paradox' and 'The Pinocchio Paradox', I gave examples of self-reference paradoxes. Douglas Hofstadter, in 'Godel, Escher, Bach' introduces the notion of a 'strange loop', saying:'The "Strange Loop" phenomenon occurs whenever, by moving > read more
Mary and the black and white room
05/09/2012 09:40:00 AM
Is there 'something-it-is-like' to see red, over and above the > read more
What is knowledge?
05/06/2012 12:33:00 PM
If knowledge isn't Justified True Belief, then what the hell is it?Philosophers like to analyze concepts; that is, to take a concept and give conditions necessary and sufficient for that concept. For example, an analysis of talking bullshit mig > read more
The 'Pinocchio paradox'
05/02/2012 18:08:00 PM
As usual, Philosoraptor makes an intriguing point. It's a type of self-reference paradox; a variant of the 'liar' paradox.The possible paradox can be phrased as follows: > read more
The supposed passage of time
05/01/2012 15:49:00 PM
Time seems to pass - at least, thats what plenty of people (some philosophers included) seem to think. However, on reflection, its pretty baffling what this claim is supposed to amount to. Taking it literally, we might suppose that time flows l > read more
In defence of William Lane Craig
04/27/2012 17:22:00 PM
William Lane Craig, or 'Bill' to his mates.William Lane Craig is a Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is best known for his 'Christian apologetics', which has led him into combat with some of the world's mo > read more