The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

Anselm

Author: Andrew Chapman Category: Philosophy of Religion Word Count: 1000 1. God’s Greatness The Abrahamic conception of God is that he’s awesome—all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, creator of the universe, self-existent, and a host of other properties that make him not just very, very great, but the greatest that there is or could possibly be. “This is … Continue reading The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

Deontology: Kantian Ethics

Immanuel Kant's "Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals"

Author: Andrew Chapman Category: Ethics Word Count: 998 “Trolley problems” are philosophical thought experiments where we make an imaginary choice that usually ends in someone getting, well, run over by a trolley. Here we will use trolley problems to introduce Kantian Ethics, which is the ethical theory developed by Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), and introduce deontological … Continue reading Deontology: Kantian Ethics

The Gettier Problem & the Definition of Knowledge

Edmund Gettier.

Author: Andrew Chapman Category: Epistemology Word Count: 1000 1. The Traditional Analysis of Knowledge What is knowledge?1 To get clear on the notion of knowledge, many philosophers have proposed that we provide an analysis of the concept of knowledge. To provide such an analysis would be to lay out and explain each of the components of that concept. The … Continue reading The Gettier Problem & the Definition of Knowledge