Identity and Morality

Within existentialism, there is a notion that morality emerges from the act of being observed. It’s not ubiquitous or necessary within existentialism, but the idea is there. The observation can be internal or external, which raises a question about identity and whether intentional actor exist differently to other objects. Existentialism gets its name from a… Continue reading Identity and Morality

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Moral recklessness: The road to Hell…

There is a way of discussing morality that is separate from the strict definitions of good and bad. ‘Simple consequentialism’ talks of good and bad in terms of weighing costs and benefits, and there are more complex versions of consequentialism that deals with intent and what that intent tells you about the person and whether… Continue reading Moral recklessness: The road to Hell…

Sherlock Holmes, ‘inference to the best explanation’, false dichotomies and God

There’s a way of thinking called abductive reasoning, commonly referred to as “the inference to the best explanation”. Sherlock Holmes famously uses it, and his use is fallacious. There are many structures of argument that would fall under abductive reasoning, which this post will look at, briefly, focussing on their errors. It will then focus… Continue reading Sherlock Holmes, ‘inference to the best explanation’, false dichotomies and God

The Ontological Argument for God – and why it’s nonsense

There is an argument for God called the ‘Ontological argument’ and it received an ambivalent welcome whenever it is trotted out, which seems increasingly rarely. It isn’t at all compelling, and yet that appears to be irrational because it’s rare to see someone actually attack the premises or the structure. However, that, today, is what… Continue reading The Ontological Argument for God – and why it’s nonsense

“Ultimate Reality”?

It’s tempting to be sold on the idea of “ultimate reality”; that there exists something deeper than the reality we have, and that is the real arbiter that justifies or disconfirms the validity of our beliefs; the very concept of truth or even the mark scheme against which beliefs are considered more or less defensible… Continue reading “Ultimate Reality”?

The Brexit vote teaches us that we should be practicing how to do referendums

A Guardian columnist named George Monbiot is arguing for more referendums in the UK. His reasoning is pretty good: the problem with the EU Referendum was that it was a large, complex question boiled down to two answers given to a populace inexperienced in referendums. Referendums, especially significant ones, shouldn’t be a ‘learning-on-the-job’ experience; the… Continue reading The Brexit vote teaches us that we should be practicing how to do referendums