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Does the Euthyphro Dilemma Apply to Evolutionary Ethics?

| January 8, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  One of the most popular, but misguided, challenges that atheists fling at theists is Plato’s Euthyphro Dilemma. I have written about why this is no dilemma at all for theists in other blog posts, so I won’t cover that ground again now. Philosopher Matt Flannagan, though, has introduced a new wrinkle […]

What Questions about Evolution Have Really Been Answered?

| October 11, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt Microbiologist James Shapiro, in his book Evolution: A View from the 21st Century, makes some common sense statements about the controversy over evolution. Remember that Shapiro is no young earth creationist. He is firmly entrenched as an important figure in the world of evolutionary science. Here is what Shapiro says: General discussions […]

How Is a Mouse Different from a Man?

| October 9, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Ever since technology advanced to the point that scientists could map out entire genomes of various animals, we have been hearing how human beings are extremely similar to other mammals at the level of genes. These similarities always make news, but I have always found these similarities to be much ado […]

Not Your Grandmother’s Evolution

| October 7, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  I just finished reading James Shapiro’s book, Evolution: A View from the 21st Century. Shapiro is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Chicago and a deeply influential figure in evolutionary biology. He is not a fellow at the Discovery Institute, but, shockingly, he finds the currently popular evolutionary mechanisms of […]

What Explains the Existence of Objective Evil?

| June 10, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt Objective evil exists.  When we observe the world around us, we realize that there are many things about the world that should not be, things that are wrong.  When we see a child abused, we immediately know that it is evil; we know it is wrong, that it should not be.  […]

Why Does the Denial of Moral Facts Undercut Knowledge of Any Kind?

| April 17, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Moral skeptics frequently argue that evolution has tricked us into thinking that our moral judgments are based on mind-independent moral facts. Even though it seems like our moral judgments are examples of authentic reasoning, they are not. Joshua Greene is a typical voice of moral skepticism: Moral judgment is, for the most […]

Why Can’t Evolution Be the Source of Transcendent Moral Values?

| April 5, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In two previous blog posts (here and here), I have called attention to the fact that human beings universally take for granted that our moral judgments transcend time, place, and species. We judge certain actions to be morally right or wrong regardless of when these actions occurred, where they occurred, and […]

Was Darwinism Connected to National Socialism and Marxism? Part 3

| March 20, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In parts 1 and 2, we looked at philosopher David Stove’s claims that Darwinism was coopted by both the National Socialists and the Marxists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, both of whom brought mass murder to a scale the world had never before seen. But what of these […]

Was Darwinism Connected to National Socialism and Marxism? Part 2

| March 18, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1 philosopher David Stove reminded us what countless other historians have already noted, that the National Socialists drew justification of their policies from Darwin’s ideas. Stove then reminded us that Marxist writers also drew inspiration from Darwin. Not content to merely state the connection, Stove presents evidence: The reader […]

Was Darwinism Connected to National Socialism and Marxism? Part 1

| March 15, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  National Socialism (Nazism) and Marxism are, for the most part, dead and buried as movements. However, it is incumbent on us, the caretakers of the cemetery, to remind everyone of the past so that it won’t be repeated. Perhaps you believe that we are just beating a dead horse by mentioning […]

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