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Potentially, the Atheist Nexus is home to many philosophers, professional or amateur. This group will be the place for them to debate philosophical standpoints, share new ideas, or help each other understand various philosophical propositions.

Do you ever find yourself discussing the philosophy of science or the philosophy of mind, or do you ever consider yourself a cynic, an existentialist, a nihilist or a skeptic? Join up and launch yourself into interesting discussions and analyses. Connect with your fellow thinker!

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Our Unthinkable Situation, beyond Nihilism

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Jan 23. 1 Reply

The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris

Started by Rodney A Sayre. Last reply by JP Carey Sep 4, 2013. 3 Replies

The Masochist's Wager

Started by Nathaniel Summers. Last reply by Steph S. Jan 7, 2013. 1 Reply

Can You Imagine Nothing?

Started by JP Carey. Last reply by Steph S. Dec 1, 2012. 3 Replies

STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY UPDATES

Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry

[Revised entry by Charles L. Griswold on February 4, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography, notes.html] Plato's discussions of rhetoric and poetry are both extensive and influential. As in so many other cases, he sets the agenda for the subsequent tradition. And yet understanding his remarks about each of these topics - rhetoric and poetry - presents us with significant philosophical and interpretive challenges. Further, it is not initially clear why he links the two topics together so closely (he suggests that poetry is a kind of rhetoric). Plato certainly...

Hegel's Aesthetics

[Revised entry by Stephen Houlgate on February 2, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] G.W.F. Hegel's aesthetics, or philosophy of art, forms part of the extraordinarily rich German aesthetic tradition that stretches from J.J. Winckelmann's Thoughts on the Imitation of the Painting and Sculpture of the Greeks (1755) and G.E. Lessing's Laocoon (1766) through Immanuel Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment (1790) and Friedrich Schiller's Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795) to Friedrich...

Liberalism in Latin America

[New Entry by Faviola Rivera on February 1, 2016.] Liberalism was the dominant political discourse in Latin America during most of the nineteenth century. Initially, in the first half of the century, it was a discourse of liberation from colonial rule in Hispanic America. Later, in the second half, liberalism was firmly established as an ideology of nation building in most of the region. However, by the mid twentieth century, liberalism had mostly vanished from the political scene, except for the case of Colombia where the liberal party continued to be a live political option until the end of...

Disability and Health Care Rationing

[New Entry by Jerome Bickenbach on January 29, 2016.] In the 1990s philosophers, in particular bioethicists, debated the broad question of the justice of health care resource allocation, and in particular the ethical pros and cons of the dominant rationing strategy based on cost effectiveness analysis (CEA) with benefit characterized in terms of "quality of life". A dominant theme in this literature was whether a pre-existing health state, or resulting health outcome, should be taken into account when allocating health resources. More specifically, the debate centered on whether a...

Feminist Perspectives on Sex and Gender

[Revised entry by Mari Mikkola on January 29, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Feminism is said to be the movement to end women's oppression (hooks 2000, 26). One possible way to understand 'woman' in this claim is to take it as a sex term: 'woman' picks out human females and being a human female depends on various biological and anatomical features (like genitalia). Historically many feminists have understood 'woman' differently: not as a sex term, but as a gender term that depends on social and cultural factors (like social...

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Comment by Bryon on December 11, 2010 at 3:24am

ummm... If you are a southerner you can crash on my couch for a night or so while you find your way out of hell....free even.

Comment by Vangelis Stamatopoulos on October 24, 2010 at 2:53am
According to wikipedia, the 5th-century BCE Greek philosopher Diagoras is known as the "first atheist". But I imagine that atheism has existed in some form or other ever since (wo)man first created god(s) for their amusement/fear. Philosophers and free thinkers down the century have come across great opposition from theists, even Charles Darwin himself delayed publishing his great work due to the consequences to theism and therefore the repercussions that he would experience from theists. Today in Australia, atheism seeks to exclude non-theist groups it does not see as fitting in its modified definition of atheism. You can read more in my blog here.
Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on September 19, 2010 at 7:12pm
Language as the root of religion, that' is interesting but i think the problem is more deeply imbeded in us. Language may indeed make the problem bigger though.
Comment by Kevin Ray Smith on September 19, 2010 at 3:52pm
Okie, I think you are on to something. There is a theory among those who study how religion began that states,religion began as a result of a virus of language. A virus where certain words were taken to mean something spiritual. When in fact, they were never intended to be understaood in that way.
Comment by Okie Tokie on June 10, 2010 at 4:48pm
IF language had never been developed, there never could have been religion since it is spread by words, spoken and written.
Comment by Keith Brian Johnson on June 7, 2010 at 2:19pm
I meant to say that he then needs to show necessary existence or necessary nonexistence *before accepting premiss (2) as well.*
Comment by Keith Brian Johnson on June 7, 2010 at 2:18pm
Here's one:
1. If God possibly exists, then God necessarily exists. (Premiss)
2. Possibly, God does not exist. (Premiss)
3. God does not necessarily exist. (2, P~q=~Nq)
4. God does not possibly exist. (1,3, Modus Tollens)
5. God necessarily does not exist. (4, ~Pq=N~q)
6. God does not exist. (5, N~q-->~q)

It's just Hartshorne's and Plantinga's version (well, essentially) with "Possibly, God exists" replaced by "Possibly, God does not exist." I stress that neither their version nor the one above should be taken as conclusive, as there is a problem with accepting both premisses simultaneously--once one accepts (1), he then needs to show (for Hartshorne's or Plantinga's proof) that God necessarily doesn't exist or (for the proof above) that God necessarily does exist. But, of course, anyone who could show such a thing wouldn't need an ontological proof in the first place!
Comment by D R Hosie on June 7, 2010 at 1:51pm
In response to Kevin Ray Smith:
I will, of course, have to leave it to you, to determine just how great it is, but I did just post an article on this subject - An Ontological Basis, For the Denial of God
Comment by Kevin Ray Smith on February 6, 2010 at 9:26pm
Howdy! Does anyone have a link to a great ontological "disproof" other than Douglas Gaskin's ironic disproof?
Comment by Anwar Diamante on December 6, 2009 at 2:31pm
Im working on pursuing a doctorate in urban education with a concentration on marxism, feminism, existentialism, post-structuralism, post-colonialism, critical race theory, and lgbtq theory.
 

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