Monthly Archives: April 2008

Write a book and get rich …

Well, the annual Statement of Royalties for my Cambridge University Press books arrived this morning. I’m off to buy a Tuscan villa on the proceeds … … or rather a meal or two. Sigh. My income per paperback copy sold … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 15: Enough already!

Suppose a first year student wrote this (about mind-body substance dualism): There are no very persuasive arguments against dualism … Dualism is commonly mocked rather than argued against. Then we’d berate this exhibition of sheer ignorance. We’d send the student … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 14: Miracles?

Those who are getting fed up with me banging on and on about the Murray/Rea Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion and are waiting for some serious stuff can rest easy. This will be the penultimate post on that book. … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 13: Big Bang vs Steady State

In the 1950s and earlier 1960s, there was quite wide support for the Hoyle/Gold/Bondi “steady state” cosmology as a rival to what we now think of as a Big Bang model. The basic idea is that the universe, on the … Continue reading

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You can download mp3s of the whole Portishead set at the Coachella Festival yesterday in California from here And, of course, YouTube has videos of various quality from concerts on the ongoing tour. What I find bizarre is the typical … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 12: Evil and the ad hoc

Chapter 6 of the Murray/Rea book concentrates on the familiar argument that the existence of a “Perfect Being” God can’t be squared with the amount of apparently utterly superfluous evil to be found in this sublunary world. Half way through … Continue reading

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Religion and evil

“Women should live under religious laws“. Comments are superfluous.

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Philosophy of Religion 11: Which problem of evil?

So where have we got up to, reading through Michael Murray and Michael Rea’s Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion? Ah, the problem of evil. But which problem of evil? To start with, there’s the particular problem for those whose … Continue reading

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Faculty colloquium

I do have doubts about the point of general faculty colloquia, meaning afternoons where we present papers to each other. People who share interests — the logicians for example — talk to each other anyway, and philosophy has got so … Continue reading

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Sigma_1 functions and properties

Rob Trueman, one of our undergraduates, came up with a nice question today which left me kicking myself that I’d not footnoted the point/forestalled the question in my Gödel book. In Ch. 13, I’d proved that any function that is … Continue reading

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