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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts -

Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts

Are there moral facts?  Are there unevidenced facts?

Facts are things that are true. Opinions are things we believe. Some of
our beliefs are true. Others are not. Some of our beliefs are backed by
evidence. Others are not. Value claims are like any other claims: either
true or false, evidenced or not. The hard work lies not in recognizing
that at least some moral claims are true but in carefully thinking
through our evidence for which of the many competing moral claims is
correct. -- Justin P. McBrayer

Friday, April 24, 2015


I have very few files that I can email but there are lots of links to materials on this page.
Further, I would recommend starting with the Philosophy portal at
On the other hand, I like a less orderly approach -- getting an idea, such as what is the philosopy of Mark Twain(?), then copying and pasting the question into Google (for instance).  I am usually amazed by the results.
I believe you will soon discover that you have been a philosopher for a lifetime.  If the Internet is too daunting, you can do very much the same on a personal footing, by establishing a good relationship with a good research librarian.
I am beginning a book now, This Book Will Make You Think, by Alain Stephen (see Google Books).  It has a great "Selected Bibliography," several trails to follow.

I forgot to mention that if you have an account at any of our Bluegrass area public libraries, you can access an unbelievable selection of electronic materials related to philosophy by checking your library's home page, finding the Kentucky Libraries Unbound link, then search on "philosophy."  Eureka!  I think I'm going to start downloading "Downton Abbey and Philosophy" right now!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Natural Philosophers -- Science and the Nature of Reality

The scope of the program that Diana Rast and Seetha Subramanian presented in the last meeting was tremendous.  They have shared their slide show and here are the images:

Science and the Nature of Reality



Philip K. Dick