Words such as ‘matters’, ‘dangerous’, and even ‘good’, require an indexical, by which is meant these words require a to or a for. Once you flesh in the indexical you open questions such as why, how, and so what? Some… Read More ›
Hobbes on Consensus
If ‘x’ is true, then ‘x’ is true independently of whether one man [sic] or all men believe ‘x’ is true. But no one man’s reason, or the reason of any one number of men makes the certainty, no more… Read More ›
Introducing Theodicy. What on earth is a Theodicy?!
Loosely speaking, a theodicy is an attempt to explain why God allows evil in the world. More particularly, it’s an attempt to answer The Problem of Evil; that is, to give an account of how the existence of God and… Read More ›
On Judging Facts. Three Quotes Worth Comparing: Hobbes, Mill, Lippmann.
“And as in arithmetic, unpracticed men must, and professors themselves may often err and cast up false, so also in any other subject of reasoning, the ablest, most attentive, and most practised men may deceive themselves and infer false conclusions,… Read More ›
Social Epistemology, 5 Short Examples (suitable for a class)
You can’t fact check every little thing and still have friends. Can you imagine what a jerk I’d be if I insisted on fact checking everything everyone says to me? Tammy: I went to the mall this morning. Pam: Did… Read More ›