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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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A nineteenth century view on classification

The principle upon which I understand the Natural System of Botany to be founded is, that the affinities of plants ...
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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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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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Morality and Evolution 7: Conclusion

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] So far I have made out the following arguments:
  • Evolution does in fact debunk moral ...
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Morality and Evolution 6: Moral dispositions

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] In any field that has statistical variation, it is necessary to isolate the variables. Biology is ...
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Morality and Evolution 5: biology and culture

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] I should note that there is no set historical sequence implied in the levels 0 to ...
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Morality and evolution 4: Is morality fitness-enhancing?

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] If we agree that morality enhances fitness, because it enables cooperation, several questions arise: what sort ...
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