An introduction to W.K. Clifford’s “The Ethics of Belief.”
Plato’s Crito: When Should We Break the Law?
Author: Spencer Case Categories: Historical Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics Word Count: 1,000 Audio and video below Plato’s Crito describes a conversation that takes place in 399 B.C.E. in an Athens prison, where Socrates awaits execution. Not long before, an assembly of more than 500 Athenian citizens convicted Socrates of corrupting the youth and … Continue reading Plato’s Crito: When Should We Break the Law?
Because God Says So: On Divine Command Theory
Author: Spencer Case Category: Ethics, Philosophy of Religion Word Count: 1000 Assuming God exists, what is the relationship between God's commands and morality? Assuming that God is morally perfect and so commands all and only good things, we may distinguish between two claims: a. God commands what He does because it is good. b. What … Continue reading Because God Says So: On Divine Command Theory
Take My Word for It: On Testimony
Author: Spencer Case Category: Epistemology Word Count: 995 Consider two lives. Helen Keller was born blind and deaf, but her access to the written word enabled her to succeed as a writer and activist. Peter the Wild Boy, discovered near Hanover, Germany in 1719, possessed sight and hearing, but was innocent of language. He left the world … Continue reading Take My Word for It: On Testimony