Category Archives: Reasonings

Philosophical ratiocination with an attempt at rigor

A Sneer is Not an Argument

Eoin Moloney writes and asks: Mr. Wright, I have read you for some time, and respect your opinion, but I was hoping you could respond in more detail to the claims advanced by the commenter on Strange Notions, the one … Continue reading

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Why the Rats Conquer Empires

It is darker than you think. Perhaps you have heard about speech codes on campus, about the intolerance of the Left, about their mob tactics, their fetid hypocrisy, and you thought we who complain about it were exaggerating. You perhaps … Continue reading

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Please Read the Matt Walsh Blog

http://themattwalshblog.com/ And read it every day. The man is pure brilliance. For example: The Argument for Obama’s $10.10 Minimum Wage Hike, Explained in Dialogue Form: Worker: “Hi, I’d like to work for you.” Employer: “Sorry, the government says we have … Continue reading

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Lost in the Garden of Forking Paths

Despite the imposition on the patience of my loyal readers. I would be DELIGHTED for the opportunity to discuss this particular paradox of philosophy with someone (anyone) other than Dr Andreassen. I will say only that he has no interest … Continue reading

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One more time, Sysiphus

Trapped in the Purgatory of an Endlessly Repeated ongoing conversation: Dear Dr Andreassen, Out of a spirit of charity, despite the fact that you will not hear me this time any more than you heard me the last countless number … Continue reading

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On the Impossibility of Empirical Metaphysics

More of the same. This time, with no pictures of the Catwoman. But then, on the hypothesis that parallel Newtonian universes are possible, how do I avoid drawing the implication that such universes that start out physically identical will continue … Continue reading

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When Can We Start Shooting the Bastards?

Part of an ongoing conversation. A reader (here) has written to ask on what grounds I am not outraged over Mr Shea outlawing talk of secession and treason by outraged pro-gunners at his blog. I began with a respectful disagreement … Continue reading

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In Defense of Aplomb

A loyal reader and daily pen-pal of mine has burned his Mark Shea fan club card. During crunch time with deadlines looming, I ought not post on meat-days (that is, non-Fridays) but in this case I make an exception, because … Continue reading

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Moral Absolutism in an Atheist Universe

Does atheism allow for an objective moral code? Now, it is no use to say that ‘atheism’ is not a doctrine since not all atheists agree on all points. Nonsense. They all agree on the one point that there is … Continue reading

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Too Wealthy for the Public Weal

A reader with (considering the question) the very appropriate name of Moore writes in to ask: Economically and socially speaking, is there any amount of wealth that is ‘too much’? Here’s the analogy: we have a right to bear arms. … Continue reading

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The Last Post on this Topic for a While

Darrell says: Mr. Wright, if I recall rightly, refers to himself as a compatiblist (a determinist who believes in free will – a position that I thought Dr. A held as well, but I am now uncertain) and believes in … Continue reading

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Seeking Closure on the Closure Discussion

Bel Roise once again asks a question to attack the Foundation of my philosophy. Okay, not really, but I could not resist the pun. Time permits me at the moment only to reply to one remark in his long and … Continue reading

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To the Purist Voter

While I honor and respect any man who withholds his vote from Governor Romney on that grounds that Mr Romney is so evil from stem to stern that a vote for him will tarnish one’s immortal soul and damn one … Continue reading

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On the Necessity of Ontology

A reader apparently named after a famous admiral from Trantor bent on destroying The Foundation, Bel Riose, asks an interesting question, but also cautions us not to the ongoing and endless conversation about materialism to reach its ontological and axiomatic … Continue reading

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The Same Inescapable Topic Yet Again

A reader who has far more patience for this long dead topic than it deserves asks:  I believe that the question that Dr. Andreassen has been trying to ask with the convoluted Mechaspeare thought-experiment is, do immaterial things impact the … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Defining the Indefinable, Defending the Indefensible

A reader recently asked my opinion on this issue. Since this article from January of last year is already written and at hand, I thought it simpler to reprint it. Defining the Indefinable, Defending the Indefensible In reference to this … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Parable of the Chessman

This article appeared in February of this year, and originally appeared the year previous. An inattentive reader made the unlikely claim that I was reluctant or unable to answer the question addressed here. I reprint the article as a reminder … Continue reading

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The Challenge of the Ultimate Prime Number

Andreassen characterizes my previous discussions with him concerning eliminative materialism (the doctrine that nothing but matter exists) in this way: I am happy to present the evidence and argument that convinced me, if only we could get past the jeer … Continue reading

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What is this Election About?

I don’t think people who have not studied economics can grasp the magnitude of what’s been done to us, and how swiftly all our modern world-wide extended order can grind to a halt. I hope everyone understands that the money, … Continue reading

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More of the Same

Part of an ongoing conversation. Nostreculsus writes: Mr wrf3 is making an interesting claim. Imagine that radio antennae pick up a series of radio signals – intervals of activity (above a certain threshold) alternating with periods of radio silence. It … Continue reading

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Illustrations of the Natural Law

This is taken without amendment from the first Appendix of C.S. Lewis’ THE ABOLITION OF MAN. The purpose here is to show the universality of certain moral precepts, especially those on which even men who say they doubt the universality … Continue reading

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Vacation and the Naturalist Fallacy

Just a note to those interested in any ongoing argument here at the my Journal that this is vacation week for me, and I have been out of communication for several days, and shall be for several more. Lest I … Continue reading

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More on Natural Law

A reader weighs in with a comment on Natural Law which is more clearly written than what I could say. Allow me to reprint his words here without further comment from me: Here’s hoping our host won’t mind if a … Continue reading

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The Self-Impeaching Denial of Natural Law

Part of an ongoing conversation.  A reader with the abbreviated name of wrf3 has illogically denied the existence of Natural Law in a fashion as to show he knows not what the term means. Attempts to explain the term to … Continue reading

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An apology to Atheists

Recently in this space, I made the bold claim that atheism by its very nature, since it defies all tradition and repudiates all the greatest thought of all history Western and Eastern as superstitious nonsense, subjects the atheist to an … Continue reading

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