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Guilt

Somewhere, I ran across the following story: Fred was the most hated person in the Foreign Legion. Everyone wanted him dead. One day, Fred was assigned to go on a mission alone in the middle of the desert. At midnight the night before, Alex put poison in Fred’s canteen. An hour later, unaware of this,… Continue reading Guilt

Religion

Do You Even Science, Frater?

The other day, I went to a Thomistic Society talk about Aquinas’s views on the Problem of Evil and other topics. At one point, the presenter casually mentioned that humans engage in self-destructive behavior, like alcoholism, self-mutilation, drug addiction, etc., while non-human animals don’t. That made my [citation needed] sense tingle, so I looked around. Among other… Continue reading Do You Even Science, Frater?

Atheism · Religion

The Last Superstition: Let’s Meet Aquinas

Chapter 3: Getting Medieval Having laid the groundwork in Chapter 2, Feser now moves on to the star of the show, Thomas Aquinas. He opens the chapter with a story of Aquinas overlooking a woman’s achievements, and instead interrupting her with a comment about her body: he once came upon “a holy nun who used… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Let’s Meet Aquinas

Atheism · Religion

The Last Superstition: Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Chapter 2: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Aristotle’s metaphysics We now come to Aristotle, and one of Feser’s central points (emphasis in the original): How significant is Aristotle? Well, I wouldn’t want to exaggerate, so let me put it this way: Abandoning Aristotelianism, as the founders of modern philosophy did, was the single greatest mistake ever made… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Atheism · Religion

The Last Superstition: Plato’s Forms

Chapter 2: Greeks Bearing Gifts is a recap of the history of Greek philosophy that led to Thomas Aquinas, which he’ll talk about in chapter 3. This is, in my opinion, the best chapter in the book. I’ll skip over the first section, From Thales to Socrates because although it’s interesting, from a historical perspective,… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Plato’s Forms

Things I've Learned

Why Is Universalizability a Good Thing?

Back in 2010, Greta Christina wrote about liberal and conservative moral systems. At the core was a set of studies showing that while everyone shares the same core values — fairness, minimizing harm, authority, purity, loyalty, and a few others — that liberals and conservatives prioritize these values differently: liberals tend to put a higher… Continue reading Why Is Universalizability a Good Thing?