Philosophy posts

The Abstract and the Concrete, or, the Road to Fascism

I was thinking about the way in which the anti-abortionists justify their views. I have always said that “Pro-Life” ...
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Secular Calvinism

Australia is one of the most secular of developed nations. At the last census, 22% of people marked “No religion” ...
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Hang on – I’m getting an idea

So, it's been a while. My brain went into recess while my finances collapsed, I changed jobs and generally got ...
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The place of religion in democratic secular countries

There is a religion which oppresses women, which is enthusiastically adopted by marginalised groups, which hates democracy and which has ...
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Is Physicalism coherent?

In my last post I argued that physicalism cannot be rejected simply because people assert there are nonphysical objects which ...
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Is physicalism an impoverished metaphysics?

Every so often, we read about some philosopher or other form of public intellectual who makes the claim that a ...
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On tribalism

Humans evolved in tribes, our species’ equivalent of the general primate troop structure. This meant that members of the tribe ...
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Even more videos by Adam Ford

Adam has caught up with the remainder of his interviews with me and put them on Facebook. Once more I ...
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Some more videos

Adam Ford has added some more of the short videos he did with me a couple of weeks ago. I ...
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Wilkins on demarcation

Continuing Adam Ford's series of me as a talking head: ...
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Wilkins on philosophy of science

As part of the Science Week activities that informed the last few posts, I will be giving a brief introduction ...
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Genes – the language of God 0: Preface

This will be a series of posts for a secondary school seminar run at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne during ...
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Philosophical works that inspired me

I have been mulling over the philosophical works that were of most influence upon me when I was developing into ...
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Begging that damned question

Something that bugs the hell out of me, literally, is the misuse of English. Of course, I was trained ...
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