Many nonbelievers are convinced that Islam subjugates, even oppresses women. Now, there’s a certain carelessness in such blanket descriptions. The Islam of the Taliban and that of the Bosniaks are quite different. Still, we can identify a historical mainstream within Islam, and observe that this mainstream upholds patriarchal social ideals. I guess for many of … Oppression? False Consciousness?
This video is getting attention on some secular blogs now. I must say, it’s surprising to see that Catholic anti-democracy views still survive, in the US especially. But here it is: a four-minute defense of rule by a Catholic monarch as a political ideal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A-cWrs5mwE It has a kind of semi-insane coherence characteristic of some … Catholic monarchism
Although the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University does not provide a single sentence (in the first four chapters of The God Delusion) defining or explaining what he means by a “scientific hypothesis” or by a “scientific question”, there are a few comments and phrases here and there that … A Scientific Question? Part 4
In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins asserts some interesting and controversial claims about the epistemology of religious belief, especially the belief that God exists. He asserts that this belief is a scientific hypothesis, that the question at issue is a scientific question, and that the correct answer to the question is a scientific fact. A … A Scientific Question? Part 3
Philosophers, even when old dogs (well, I’m 57), should be able to learn a few new tricks. My mind has changed on a number of issues in just the last few years. For one thing, two books, Hilary Kornblith’s Knowledge and its Place in Nature and Robert Fogelin’s Walking the Tightrope of Reason, disabused me … Why I am a Retributivist (sort of)
I want to recommend Luke Muelhauser’s Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot [iTunes] podcast on philosophy of religion and metaethics. The podcast does not always have the best sound quality, and Luke occasionally makes rookie mistakes like forgetting to turn off the intro music track, but he is a good interviewer, his discussions are deeper … Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot
Is the question “Does God exist?” a scientific question? I don’t know about you, but this topic is giving me déjà vu all over again. This is basically the question that was posed by Logical Positivists early in the twentieth century, and they in turn were following in the footsteps of David Hume, basically updating … A Scientific Question? Part 2
An old Prosblogion post asks its readers to name the top ten (or so) philosophy of religion books since 2000. I’m curious what readers here think. Which books do you think have made the greatest contribution to the subject since then? Note that I’m not necessarily asking which books you think have been the most … Best philosophy of religion books since 2000?
The question “Does God exist?” has generally been considered to be a philosophical question. It has, in fact, generally been considered to be a paradigm case of a philosophical question. However, some people believe that science has much to contribute towards answering this question, and many people believe that philosophy has not only failed to … A Scientific Question? Part 1
Here’s a photo that’s a part of a story run by The Daily Mail, “The Talibanisation of British childhood by hardline parents”: The caption: Joyless: A Muslim family stay covered up as the[y] bathe on a British beach. The “joyless” assumption is understandable. After all, they’re all wrapped up in clothes that restrict movement; such … Joylessness or family values?