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Winning an Argument

Since I teach philosophy, I am sometimes asked about how to win an argument. Being a philosopher, I always engage in a philosophical discussion rather than providing tips on how to destroy with “facts” and “logic.” In philosophy, an argument is a set of claims. There are two types of claims in an argument: one [More]

Florida’s Proposed War on Protest

While the protests in Florida have generally been peaceful, Governor DeSantis is making proposals that are clearly aimed at intimidating protestors and allowing the legal suppression of constitutional rights. One key part of the proposal is that crimes most commonly committed by protestors be increased from misdemeanors to felonies. These include obstructing traffic during an [More]

Headlining

Suppose you saw an article headline saying, “President admits activity was criminal in nature.” If you loath the president, you are likely to infer that the activity was on the part of the administration and might rush to post the article on Facebook or tweet it before reading the article. If you support the president, [More]

Perfect Analogy Fallacy

In the ongoing ideological battle, I have been using arguments by analogy to defend governmental mask requirements. My silly comparison is to laws against public nudity. My serious comparisons are to such things as automobile safety laws and regulations governing food handling. After engaging in discussions with people who disagree with me, I have been [More]

Trump & American War Dead

The Atlantic recently published a piece claiming that Trump described Americans killed in was as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers.’ Trump has denied these claims and his supporters have rushed to defend him. As would be expected, people trend to believe or reject the claims based on their ideology rather than on considerations of the evidence. I [More]

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Dr. Robert McKim
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  • Professor of Religion and Professor of Philosophy
  • Focuses on Philosophy of Religion
  • Ph.D. Yale

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Dr. Alvin Plantinga
  • on Where the Conflict Really Lies
  • Emeritus Professor of Philosophy (UND)
  • Focuses on Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion
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  • on faith as a cognitive sickness
  • Teaches Philosophy at Portland State University (Oregon)
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  • Has a passion for teaching in prisons
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