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NOTES on Richard Taylor (1919-2003): The Argument from Contingency

Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation can state that religion is a superstition of the past, but philosophers today are still taking the question of the existence of God seriously. One contemporary philosopher who believes he has a … Continue reading

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NOTES on Richard Taylor (1919-2003): Freedom and Determinism

https://pixabay.com/en/choice-select-decide-decision-vote-2692575/ One philosophical problem that has personally given me fits is that of freedom and determinism. One way to define determinism is that according to determinism, all events are caused. The American philosopher Brand Blanshard defines it more precisely as … Continue reading

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NOTES on Richard Taylor (1919-2003): Materialism and Personal Identity

https://pixabay.com/en/knowledge-book-library-glasses-1052010/ In the second edition of his book Metaphysics (1974), Richard Taylor (1919-2003) examines the advantages and disadvantages of believing in the metaphysical theories of Materialism (in the form of the Identity Theory, aka the Identity Thesis) and of Dualism. … Continue reading

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