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Ruse, first causes, and Kantian antinomies

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Coyne blog on Ruse It seems that Ruse can’t quite get his argument tuned to what he is feeling about the New Atheists. This kind of ‘something is wrong with Dawkins’ atheism pitch’ feeling has hit a lot of people. But Ruse can’t quite figure out how to proceed. I can’t really help since, while […]

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Tags: cosmology · Kant · Science & Religion

Kant’s eerie timing, the eonic effect, and the Great Divide

February 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Comment on Ethics, Freedom to Act and Scientific Naturalism/Scientism James said, February 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm · A Kantian perspective would be insightful, but I think his philosophy is impossible to clarify in contemporary times. It has become so mixed up with the ideas of Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Schopenhauer, etc. that few people can […]

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Ethics, freedom to act, and scientific naturalism/scientism

February 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Previous post: end of id…. Granting the abuse of the design argument by its proponents, the fact remains that scientists have obscured the question with their own methodology which leaves all discussion paralyzed. The design debate simply confuses the issue, so consider a different question, the nature of ethics, its relation to science, the nature […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · Kant · Science & Religion

History, evolution, and Kant’s challenge

January 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

For the connection of evolution, philosophy and Kant check out this selection (and the one that follows): Kant’s Challenge

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Darwinists suckers for Nietzschean oversimplifications

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Do Human Rights Require Religious Beliefs? What difference would it make if we accepted what Bernard Williams has called “Nietzsche’s thought”–“there is, not only no God, but no metaphysical order of any kind”? One consequence, Nietzsche suggested, is that we could no longer believe that human beings were created by God in His Image and […]

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Tags: Kant · liberalism · The Eonic Effect

Discovering ‘transcendental idealism’

December 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Visions of a Ghostseer Our discussion of a Biocentrism critique derailed on the idealism issue, and one can only recomment a some Kant (or Schopenhauer) here: his approach is neitehr idealism, as such, or about the transcendental in the usual sense. This label scares people away, but Kant is the best critique of scientism, although […]

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More on biocentrism and idealism

December 17th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Comments on Biocentrism Demystified reece sullivan said, December 17, 2009 at 12:11 am · Stephen, Would you elaborate on various flavors of idealism; I’m familiar with Berkley, of course, but don’t know how he differs from others, or rather, how others differ from him. Also, what’s your take on panpsychism? I’ve found it attractive, but […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · physics

Hauser guilty of cowardice?

December 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments

IT SEEMS BIOLOGY (NOT RELIGION) EQUALS MORALITY I was perhaps overly hasty in dismissing Hauser’s work today in a previous post. His thesis makes a good deal of sense, and shows a strong resemblance to Kantian thinking on morality. The problem I have is, not the suggestion that our sense of morality has ‘evolved’, but […]

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Cambridge Guide to Kant on history

November 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Kant’s ‘Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim’ A Critical Guide Series: Cambridge Critical Guides Edited by Amélie Oksenberg Rorty Harvard University, Massachusetts James Schmidt Boston University I notice that Cambridge has come out with an book of essays on Kant’s essay on history. I can feel sure they are trying to neutralize […]

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Kant was/could have been no Darwinist

November 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

It is amusing to google on the ‘teleomechanists’, only to find that I am the main commenter on this subject, and the book by Lenoir on this: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=teleomechanists Kant scholarship is, I fearfully suspect, being devious on this issue for the simple reason that they don’t want to bring the Darwin establishment down on their […]

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Disguised metaphysics

November 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Every stage of the Darwin debate involves one or other of the classic metaphysical snafus depicted by Kant, in the triple zone of ‘divinity, soul, and free will’ issues (or their antitheses). Visions Of A Ghostseer

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The inverted creationism of physicists/cosmologists

November 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Man vs God Darwin made it clear once again that—as Maimonides, Avicenna, Aquinas and Eckhart had already pointed out—we cannot regard God simply as a divine personality, who single-handedly created the world. This could direct our attention away from the idols of certainty and back to the “God beyond God.” The best theology is a […]

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Tags: cosmology · Evolution · Kant · physics

Kant and Biocentrism

November 4th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe (Hardcover) ~ Robert Lanza (Author), Bob Berman This book has been traveling in comments, and I sat down and went through it again: it is actually very close to Kant indeed, almost a rediscovery, but on its own terms, […]

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Tags: biology · Evolution · Kant

Bryan Magee on Kant

November 4th, 2009 · No Comments

We were asked yesterday for an introduction to Kant. I cited a link to Amazon for Korner’s short Kant, a classic you can get second hand for almost nothing there. The problem with Kant is that you will be driven to try and sit down and do The Critique Of Pure Reason straight on. In […]

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More on space-time issue in Kant

November 4th, 2009 · No Comments

More on space-time issue in Kant Stephen P. Smith said, November 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm · Here is a re-write of the above, and my take on space-time as represented by geometry. An approach that offers interesting results is the method of construction as professed by intuitionist mathematics (e.g., Brouwer`s mathematics). Construction may require […]

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Space, time and idealism vs realism

November 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Comment on 3 silly beliefs held by critics of silly Xtians Your perplexity is absolutely to the point and represents one of the major philosophical debates in the last two centuries. Let me note that while Kant went out of his way to reconcile his views with ordinary realism, admitting the real existence of space […]

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Brain, phenomenon and noumenon

November 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on ‘silly beliefs…” Stephen P. Smith said, November 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm · Kant would note that the brain is only an appearance, and that there is hint of the thing-in-itself that is beyond. Therefore, to attach selfness to the appearance of brain matter is to miss Kant`s point. The same is true […]

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Kant, design, and biology

October 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Comments on ID and Kant From the web 13 Design and autonomy Kant’s critique of teleological judgment in the second half of the Critique of Judgment has an even more complicated agenda than his aesthetic theory. The work has roots in both eighteenth-century biology

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Crazy ideas

October 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Where do people get those crazy ideas about religion and the supernatural?f This is a perfectly good question, but we should tit for tat at once with, Where do scientists get those crazy ideas about reductionist Darwinism? In general Kant is the best on this one: we are confronted with the frustration and inevitability of […]

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Kantian frameworks

October 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Visions of a ghostseer The framework or Kant and transcendental idealism (which is not transcendental or idealistic) is the only real option in the reductionism/religion collision.

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Tags: Evolution · Kant · Science & Religion

A science of history?

October 13th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Laws Of History And Popper On Historicism Is there a science of history? One of the amusing ironies of historical theory here is the way that Karl Popper, in attacking Marxist theory as ‘historicism’, unwittingly launched a torpedo against the ‘science of history’. It is essentially the same argument as Isaiah Berlin’s critique of ‘historical […]

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Kant vs Nietzsche on ‘death of god’ and rebirth of morality

October 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Does the Death of God Mean the Death of Morality? A Darwinian Response to Nietzsche’s Challenge Actually not, the ‘death of god’ (a false concept in any case) can be a precondition for a real morality, without the theistic confusion over autonomy criticized by Kant. Behind all the hot air of Nietzsche’s ‘death of god’ […]

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Scientism and the antinomies of freedom

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The Science of Freedom Students of science these days are given a very narrow history of their subject. But real science education should include the history of modern philosophic reaction to Newtonianism, and the paradoxes that are generated by reductionism. Beginning with Rousseau and Kant a counterpoint to modern science arose that tried to clarify […]

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Visions of a Ghostseer

September 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Visions of a Ghostseer: all of the problems of the Darwin debate were highlighted decades before Darwin, by the philosopher Kant. And in fact the source for his critiques goes back still further to the mid-eighteenth century with his ‘Visions of a Ghostseer’

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