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I enjoyed your review and analysis of Harris' book; I will have to read it at some point. If free-will is incoherent, then it seems the contrary state, determinism or what have you, is also incoherent. I agree that the individual lacks awareness of the brain states that contribute to every action, but it also does not seem that if knowledge of all of these states is possible that it follows my choice or action would then be knowable or determined prior to my doing it. Having just taught Camus, it seems that most of our lives are spent without consciousness of the causes of our actions, but that does not mean we lack the capacity to "wake up". Again, we can't know all the antecedents of our actions, but we can know enough to make an informed choice. Camus starts from the notion of absurdity and works towards a notion of freedom allowing him to admit that this notion is never complete or I guess coherent. The question is whether a partially determined will admits of any freedom, and if not, is it a completely determined will? I must exert my will (or not) and get back to grading.
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Cheers for the link; gonna go check this out... sounds like Peter Boghossian is the next Christopher Hitchens!
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Annoucement: program in existential psychoanalysis and phenomenology at the Existential Psychoanalytic Institute of Seattle
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The Arab Spring raises numerous issues in political philosophy such as the justification of the state, the nature of the state, and the role of the state, liberty, and property. All of these concepts ...
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This coming spring, Western Washington University will be hosting the second annual Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion with guest speakers Dr. Jeffrey Schloss and Dr. Michael Murray who wi...
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A podcast and video of my recent talk on Plantinga's religious epistemology.
In this podcast and accompanying video, Paul Pardi lays out what he sees as Plantinga’s core argument and briefly examines some objections. The presentation was designed as a primer to Plantinga’s ide...
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disperately true!! :-)
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This presentation was given by Dr. Peter Boghossian of Portland State University on January 27, 2012. In this talk, sponsored by The Freethinkers of Portland State University and published by philosop...
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Not to put too fine a point on it, but from this post and reading some things +Peter Boghossian has written, it's not that clear that he really understand what the function of Faith is supposed to be for a believer i.e. do even believers hold that "Faith" is the best way to investigate immanent material reality and draw reliable conclusions about it? No, so the fact that it isn't doesn't disabuse a person of faith from anything whatsoever.

The articles of faith most believers hold are almost all about transcendent reality which is not directly accessible to empirical investigation, or about empirical events (say, the resurrection), which are mostly only subject to historical investigation, and so empirical, scientific investigation of material reality tells us nothing about whether Faith-as-such is successful at apprehending these realities, or whether non-Faith is preferable.

Further still, people of faith don't have faith in Faith, they have faith in a particular God, particular tenants, traditions etc. And this particular critique proceeds as if believers do have faith in Faith-as-a-process, which believers don't. So, as a believer, I can readily concede that faith-in-faith-as-process is misguided, and still hold that Faith in the God of the Bible (a person, not a process) is perfectly warranted and uniquely accurate at apprehending the true nature of reality (that is, the most important, spiritual, transcendent level of reality). In the same way, a believer can completely affirm various critiques of "religion" in general and still advocate for a particular religion, without contradiction. In other words, to the extent that he is correct, he is irrelevantly correct
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