Philosophy

How to Make a Monster: Three Ways to Create a Definition

You think definitions are important. I just know it. Don’t believe me? Look at the knock-down-drag-out arguments in your life and you’ll discover your zeal for definitions. Why was your statement last month not technically a lie? Why is Gina a racist even though she claims not to be ? Why don’t you qualify as …

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Three Forms of Objectivity: Impersonal, Personal, & Interpersonal

There are three ways to look at objectivity; one impersonal the other personal, the third interpersonal. In this post I am thinking of objectivity especially in the context of disagreement or controversy. What do we want? What we want in talk of objectivity, is to get at reality; to get at the truth of the …

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Will the Real “Critical Realism” Please Stand Up?

I am writing my dissertation on critical realism. More specifically I am putting critical realism in conversation with analytic theology. Critical realism feels something like a 1960’s to early 2000’s topic. Except for a form that emerged in the early decades of the 20th century, most critical realists did their work in the last quarter …

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Science, Philosophy and Religion?

Last week I wrote a short piece the for the Fuller Analytic Theology blog. These are my thoughts on a recent talk that Dr. Hud Hudson gave during our weekly fuller Analytic Theology presentation. Hudson’s paper was titled “A Metaphysical Bridge.” It dealt with the interface that analytic philosophy can provide for dialogue between science and religion. …

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Advice I’ve Gleaned From a Year With a PhD Writing Feedback Group.

For the last year, I have been participating in a group of 6 or 7 people (three postdocs, my supervisor, and a fellow Ph.D. student) reading and giving feedback on each other’s papers. We typically read book chapters prior to submission to publication, and journal articles prior to submission to publishers. From time to time a …

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