A Skeptic’s Wager 9

Blaise Pascal

“If we submit everything to reason, our religion will have no mysterious and supernatural element. If we offend the principles of reason, our religion will be absurd and ridiculous.” — Blaise Pascal, Pensées. More…

Kant’s “What Is Enlightenment?” Then and Now Reply

By Br Robert Antonio, LC

Immanuel Kant writes the essay “What is Enlightenment” in response to a question posed by a Prussian official and clergyman. The historical context is 18th century Prussia, currently under the rule of the enlightened Frederick the Great. Even though he ruled despotically, Frederick the Great brought about huge political and economic reform. Five years before the French Revolution, the enlightenment was in full swing, but few would be able to predict the consequence of its ideas in the French Revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic Wars.

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

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Richard vs Richard: The Dawkins–Rorty Debate Reply

Imagine a debate between Richard Dawkins and Richard Rorty. What would it be like?

Richard Rorty, American Pragmatist

Unfortunately, we will never know for sure, since our friend Rorty went on to receive his eternal reward in the spring of 2008 — he did not believe in that eternal reward, but we should hope that he attained it anyway.

Rorty’s pragmatism, in brief, is a sort of thoroughgoing practical relativism. The core tenet of pragmatism is often described as “Whatever works.” More…

Saint Anselm of Canterbury: Man of Faith Seeking Understanding Reply

April 21, Feast of Saint Anselm of Canterbury

St Anselm of Canterbury

I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand. More…

Metaphysical Argument Against Abortion 2

If you question the morality of abortion, then you should also question its legality.

Why? Because abortion is murder. It involves willfully killing an innocent human being, which is morally corrupt, because it is murder.

To show why that is the case, one needs to first show that the child in the womb, from the moment of its conception, is a human person. Once that premise is established, the rest of the argument follows: If you accept that the unborn child is a human person then you also must accept that abortion is not only immoral, but should also be illegal.

Here are some indisputable  facts taken from an article from LiveAction.org, to argue that the unborn child is a human person:

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Human Dignity: The Origin and End of Man 1

By Gonzolo Herrera

Kids have no problem when we ask them about their origin. They will simply answer I come from mom and dad. Biologically, we know that we are product of dad’s sperm and mom’s egg. We have very similar DNA to that of our parents; we even look alike and most of the times have similar psychology. After analyzing types of activities that are specifically human — abstract understanding, the ability to reason, the power to choose freely, we come to realize that man has a spiritual soul. A problem arises: More…

Nietzsche and Neuroscience Reply

Thereupon, in the year 2006 or 2026, some new Nietzsche will step forward to announce: “The self is dead”—except that being prone to the poetic, like Nietzsche I, he will probably say… “The soul, that last refuge of values, is dead, because educated people no longer believe it exists.”

Thomas Wolfe, “Sorry, But Your Soul Just Died”

In Thomas Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons, More…

Minimalist Mistakes: Contradict Yourself While Explaining the Obvious in Four Simple Steps Reply

If you are ever aware of anything, you are aware of the fact that you are conscious.

The truly amazing thing about consciousness — immediate awareness of one’s self and one’s own mental states — is that it occurs naturally and effortlessly. More…