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Daemonodicy: The Problem of Good

x Bookmark   Daemonodicy   ~ The Problem of Good ~   Jason Zarri   “Leibniz’s solution of the problem of evil, like most of his other popular doctrines, is logically possible, but not very convincing. A Manichaean might retort that this is the worst of all possible worlds, in which the good things that more »

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A Counterexample to Social Externalism?

x Bookmark Jason Zarri Suppose there are two linguistic communities of (roughly) equal size, dispersed throughout a large area. Both speak dialects of the same language. One community uses the term ‘arthritis’ to refer exclusively to a painful condition of the joints, the other uses it to refer to any painful condition in one’s limbs. There is more »

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The Threat We Face against Superbugs or CREs and the Need for Good Government

x Bookmark   By Peter Krey “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria: Has the Age of Antibiotics Come to an End?”  “More formally known as CREs, these ‘superbugs’ resist most antibiotics, spread resistance to other germs and kill roughly half of the people they infect.” See PBS Newshour Frontline. Watching Frontline last night, we watched with horror more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Appendix

x Bookmark   Appendix Jason Zarri Some may have noticed that on my account, as it stands, bivalence will fail for empty nouns or noun-phrases. A false-maker for a sentence is defined as a reference-maker for its subject term which is not a reference-maker for its predicate term. If the subject term is empty, it more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Part 3

x Bookmark Part 3: Philosophical Implications   Jason Zarri I think my approach has the advantage that it can explain why necessary truths don’t have everything as a truth-maker. Granted, “The Earth has exactly one moon –> the Earth has exactly one moon” is true no matter what, but it does not therefore have everything as more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Part 2

x Bookmark Part 2: A Quasi-Formal Account Jason Zarri   I will now define truth-makers for truth-functional compounds and quantified sentences. To define truth-makers for them, we  will also require the notion of a false-maker: We say that x false-maker for a subject-predicate sentence p iff x is a reference-maker for p’s subject term but is not a more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Part 1

x Bookmark   Part 1: Introducing the Idea   Jason Zarri In this post I introduce the idea of reference-making, which I take to be more-or-less undefined, and use it to account for the idea of truth-making for subject-predicate sentences. I take a truth-maker to be a reference-maker for a sentence. In Part 2 I’ll give a quasi-formal more »

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The Pan(en)theisms of Leslie and Sprigge

x Bookmark Scott Ryan has a new essay in Philosophy, The Pan(en)theisms of Leslie and Sprigge.  

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In Defence of Panexperientialism

x Bookmark Andy Kay has a new article in Philosophy; In Defence of Panexperientialism.  

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A Problem for Hume’s Problem of Induction

x Bookmark   A Problem for Hume’s Problem of Induction Jason Zarri   Could Hume consistently believe that his argument to the effect that inductive inferences are not justified is successful? In this post I put forward reasons to think the answer is “no.”   Hume, very basically, argued that inductive inferences are not justified more »

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