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August 7, 2017

Let’s imagine for a moment that God is creating the universe. In an instant, God determines all of the physical facts about the universe, down to the exact position of every single atom. The question now is — is God done? That is to say, has God created everything that exists? “Physicalists” would say yes. […]

July 24, 2017

In what will come as a surprise to no one, it turns out that the concept of evil is pretty problematic — in more ways than one. The aptly-named “Problem of Evil”, originally formulated by the Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus, remains one of the most famous objections to the existence of a benevolent God. The […]

June 14, 2017

What is morality? Is it objective or subjective? Does it vary between cultures or is it universal? Does it even exist? According to a 2009 PhilPapers Survey, 56% of the world’s professional philosophers favour “moral realism” — the position that objective moral facts exist and govern our everyday lives. Some readers may find this number […]

May 22, 2017

What does it mean to possess true freedom? Although we traditionally believe that freedom consists in protection from direct restrictions on our actions, some philosophers believe that this conception does not adequately capture what we mean by “freedom.” Elizabeth Anderson provides an illuminating example: consider two alternative societies, one that lacks traffic lights and traffic […]

May 8, 2017

If I asked you to list people who really hate sand, you might start with Anakin Skywalker. But you should certainly also include Eubulides of Miletus, the Greek logician who invented the Sorites Paradox, or, more charmingly, the “Paradox of the Heap.” Eubulides asks you to agree with the following three intuitive statements: One grain […]