As someone who feels they engage with issues of real controversy daily it is hard to underestimate the frustration of seeing debates one regards as long-settled inflame people again and again month after month. Presently, one such issue has been brought to the fore by Non-Prophet Week, a week of charitable giving by the non-religious, 29 October – 4 November. This is the third annual incarnation of the event organised by the British Federation of Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Student Societies (AHS). Read the rest of this entry
The following is another essay I wrote back in 2008.
Does Plato Provide A Good Argument For the Immortality of the Soul?
Plato (423 – 347 BC) provides several arguments for his claim that the soul is immortal, and for various reasons none of these are convincing. Their fundamental flaw is that the existence of a kind of soul to which the arguments apply is presupposed. Most of the arguments are found in his Socratic dialogue Phaedo (of which the Recollection Argument is also found in the Meno, but I do not cover that version here) and a further important one is found in the last book of The Republic (another Socratic dialogue). Read the rest of this entry
Critique of Arguments for Vegetarianism
Surely there’s nothing actually wrong with eating meat is there? Yes some people prefer not to because of sensibilities concerning animal suffering, but they just can’t separate the idea of animals being cute and fluffy with the idea of meat just being what humans eat. But are there any reasonable arguments against being omnivorous?
What are the fields of eudaimonology and soteriology in philosophy? Here I will attempt an original overview of an answer. I happen to be very interested in each of them individually but in this short piece I hope to give some indication of how they are similar to, and how they interact with, one another.