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Do You Even Science, Frater?

The other day, I went to a Thomistic Society talk about Aquinas’s views on the Problem of Evil and other topics. At one point, the presenter casually mentioned that humans engage in self-destructive behavior, like alcoholism, self-mutilation, drug addiction, etc., while non-human … Continue reading

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The Last Superstition: Let’s Meet Aquinas

Chapter 3: Getting Medieval Having laid the groundwork in Chapter 2, Feser now moves on to the star of the show, Thomas Aquinas. He opens the chapter with a story of Aquinas overlooking a woman’s achievements, and instead interrupting her … Continue reading

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The Last Superstition: Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Chapter 2: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Aristotle’s metaphysics We now come to Aristotle, and one of Feser’s central points (emphasis in the original): How significant is Aristotle? Well, I wouldn’t want to exaggerate, so let me put it this way: Abandoning … Continue reading

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The Last Superstition: Plato’s Forms

Chapter 2: Greeks Bearing Gifts is a recap of the history of Greek philosophy that led to Thomas Aquinas, which he’ll talk about in chapter 3. This is, in my opinion, the best chapter in the book. I’ll skip over … Continue reading

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The Indian and the Ice: When to Believe Something

Imagine a woman living in India in the 18th or 19th century[1]. Her cousin, the sailor, has just returned from a trading voyage and, after being suitably plied with food and attention, tells his audience about distant lands where it … Continue reading

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Flaming Telephone

(Note to people reading this in a future when they’ve grown up never using a telephone for voice communication with another human: we used to have a game where a message would be distorted by serial whispering, and we found … Continue reading

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I Am Chase and/or Sanborn

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Intuition Pump So the other day, I found myself inside a philosophical intuition pump. But first, a bit of background: Qualia (singular quale), in philosophy, are basically the sense of … Continue reading

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