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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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The Day Philosophy Leaked into the Air

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 12, 2016. 4 Replies

Our Unthinkable Situation, beyond Nihilism

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Jan 23, 2016. 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

STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY UPDATES

Moral Psychology: Empirical Approaches

[Revised entry by John Doris, Stephen Stich, Jonathan Phillips, and Lachlan Walmsley on November 17, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Moral psychology investigates human functioning in moral contexts, and asks how these results may impact debate in ethical theory. This work is necessarily interdisciplinary, drawing on both the empirical resources of the human sciences and the conceptual resources of philosophical ethics. The present article discusses several topics that illustrate this type of inquiry: thought experiments, responsibility, character, egoism v. altruism, and moral disagreement....

Karl Jaspers

[Revised entry by Chris Thornhill and Ronny Miron on November 15, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Karl Jaspers (1883 - 1969) began his academic career working as a psychiatrist and, after a period of transition, he converted to philosophy in the early 1920s. Throughout the middle decades of the twentieth century he exercised considerable influence on a number of areas of philosophical inquiry: especially on epistemology, the philosophy of religion, and political theory....

Preferences

[Revised entry by Sven Ove Hansson and Till Grüne-Yanoff on November 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html, revealed-preference.html] The notion of preference has a central role in many disciplines, including moral philosophy and decision theory. Preferences and their logical properties also have a central role in rational choice theory, a subject that in its turn permeates modern economics, as well as other branches of formalized social science. The notion of preference and the way it is analysed vary between these disciplines. A treatment is still lacking that takes into account the needs of all usages and tries to combine them in a unified approach. This entry surveys the...

Mary Shepherd

[Revised entry by Martha Bolton on November 13, 2017. Changes to: Main text] Mary Shepherd (1777 - 1847) is the author of several works advocating a systematic metaphysics and theory of knowledge which were highly regarded by her contemporaries. Born and raised a short distance from Edinburgh and well versed in the intellectual life of the city, she urges a philosophy adamantly opposed to main tenets of the Scottish school. She finds them unable to sustain scientific inquiry, everyday practical reasoning, and belief in an almighty deity. Her aim is to replace them with a metaphysics consisting of...

The Church-Turing Thesis

[Revised entry by B. Jack Copeland on November 10, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] There are various equivalent formulations of the Church-Turing thesis. A common one is that every effective computation can be carried out by a Turing machine. The Church-Turing thesis is often misunderstood, particularly in recent writing in the philosophy of mind....

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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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