In this session from my 2011 Introduction to Philosophy class at Marist College, we continue our study of Descartes’ Meditations, focusing specifically on Mediations 3 and 5, in which Descartes provides some rather interesting arguments for God’s existence

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This is a video in my new Core Concepts series — designed to provide students and lifelong learners a brief discussion focused on one main concept from a classic philosophical text and thinker. This Core Concept video focuses on Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, 1st part of the 2nd part, questions 90-91 and 94 (IaIIae, q. […]

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This is a video in my new Core Concepts series — designed to provide students and lifelong learners a brief discussion focused on one main concept from a classic philosophical text and thinker. This Core Concept video focuses on Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, 1st part of the 2nd part, question 94 (IaIIae, q. 94), and […]

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http://www.philosophybites.com/ The design argument for God’s existence is that the appearance of design in the natural world is evidence for the existence of a divine designer. The specific version of the argument that Hume examines is one from analogy, as stated here by Cleanthes: The curious adapting of means to ends, throughout all nature, resembles […]

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This is a video in my new Core Concepts series — designed to provide students and lifelong learners a brief discussion focused on one main concept from a classic philosophical text and thinker. This Core Concept video focuses on Plato’s Republic, book 4, and discusses the four “cardinal virtues” — justice, wisdom, courage, and temperance […]

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This is a video in my new Core Concepts series — designed to provide students and lifelong learners a brief discussion focused on one main concept from a classic philosophical text and thinker. This Core Concept video focuses on Plato’s Republic, book 4, and discusses Plato’s analogy between the ideal city and the human soul. […]

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This is a video in my new Core Concepts series — designed to provide students and lifelong learners a brief discussion focused on one main concept from a classic philosophical text and thinker. This video focuses on Plato’s work, The Phaedo, and sets out an argument Socrates provides there for the immortality of the soul […]

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Today we explore the penultimate ethical theory in this unit: contractarianism. Hank explains Hobbes’ state of nature, and implicit and explicit contracts, as well as the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and the benefits, and costs, of violating contracts. Get your own Crash Course Philosophy mug or Chom Chom shirt from DFTBA: https://store.dftba.com/collections/crashcourse The Latest from PBS Digital […]

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In this Wireless Philosophy video, Geoff Pynn (Northern Illinois University) follows up on his introduction to critical thinking by exploring how abductive arguments give us reason to believe their conclusions. Good abductive arguments don’t guarantee their conclusions, but give us very good reasons to believe their conclusions. This sort of inference is called “inference to […]

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A general description of the form of argument taken by abductive teleological arguments for the existence of God.

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