Are Eternalist Worlds are Too Valuable?

Let a possible world w include 100 happy people that exist for 10 minutes and then cease existing. 1. w includes 100 happy people existing for 10 minutes only. The value of w, I think, is ten times
Let a possible world w include 100 happy people that exist for 10 minutes and then cease existing. 1. w includes 100 happy people existing for 10 minutes only. The value of w, I think, is ten times [More]

Mere Addition

Stephen Grover offers an interesting version of the Mere Addition Paradox (‘Mere Addition and the Best of all Possible Worlds’, Religious Studies, 1999) against Swinburne’s brief
Stephen Grover offers an interesting version of the Mere Addition Paradox (‘Mere Addition and the Best of all Possible Worlds’, Religious Studies, 1999) against Swinburne’s brief [More]

Evil and Compatibilism

There is widespread belief that compatibilism + theism cannot offer a credible solution to the logical problem of evil. Why does anyone believe that? I think they’re reasoning this way: if
There is widespread belief that compatibilism + theism cannot offer a credible solution to the logical problem of evil. Why does anyone believe that? I think they’re reasoning this way: if [More]

Adams on Creating the Best

Robert Adams famously argued that an unsurpassable being need not actualize the best possible world. Adams urges that he does not believe that there is a best world, but assumes there’s one
Robert Adams famously argued that an unsurpassable being need not actualize the best possible world. Adams urges that he does not believe that there is a best world, but assumes there’s one [More]

Richard Swinburne Lecture: Why ‘God Exists’ is Good News

This lecture will take place in Toronto on November 3rd. All are welcome to attend. It will also be live-streamed on the web. For details, see: www.ryerson.ca/~kraay/theism.html. Title:
This lecture will take place in Toronto on November 3rd. All are welcome to attend. It will also be live-streamed on the web. For details, see: www.ryerson.ca/~kraay/theism.html. Title: [More]

CFP: Inductive Logic and Confirmation in Science II

(24-25 October 2014; Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA) Submission deadline: *** Friday, May 30, 2014 *** Notification by: June 30, 2014 Submission
(24-25 October 2014; Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA) Submission deadline: *** Friday, May 30, 2014 *** Notification by: June 30, 2014 Submission [More]

Handling the infinities in Pascal’s wager

In its classical formulation, Pascal’s Wager contends that we have something like the following payoff matrix: God exists No God Believe +∞ −a Don’t believe -b c where a,b,c are finite.
In its classical formulation, Pascal’s Wager contends that we have something like the following payoff matrix: God exists No God Believe +∞ −a Don’t believe -b c where a,b,c are finite. [More]

Necessary and Sufficient Conditions

I have found necessary and sufficient conditions to be among the most powerful devices in philosophy for framing questions and clarifying ideas.
I have found necessary and sufficient conditions to be among the most powerful devices in philosophy for framing questions and clarifying ideas. [More]

Tom Morris on the Popularity of Philosophy

Morris, in an article for the Huffington Post, picks up on the new New York Times blog on philosophy and spends some time defining the discipline and explaining why everyone one should be doing it. It seems philosophy is striking some chords with the wider population. "Journalists have called me ... [More]