The last BQTA post was the unadorned transcript of the conversation between Dan Dennett and Sean Carroll published on 1/6/20, … More
Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prizewinning Physicist Says
Here at BQTA, we beg to differ. Atheism is not only consistent with science and the scientific method, but … More
What is Morality, anyway?
If science is the truth about reality, how can there be morality? Moral responsibility seems incompatible with science. Human bodies … More
Scanlon at Berkeley, Part III. Learning from Psychopaths.
Tim Scanlon’s final topic during his series of Townsend lectures at UC Berkeley was “Learning from Psychopaths”. This was … More
Scanlon at Berkeley, Part II. Being Realistic About Reasons
While hanging out in the philosophy library before the first of Tim Scanlon’s Townsend lectures, I finally got around to … More
Scanlon at Berkeley, Part I. Ideas of Identity and “The Good Place”
Last week, Tim Scanlon visited Berkeley to deliver the Townsend Lectures to the philosophy department on Ideas of Identity … More
Rawls and Climate
“It is uncertain whether man will not use his powers to destroy himself, and others, and the whole of nature.” … More
Morality, Reasons, Causes Part I
Yes, Nature’s road must ever be preferred; Reason is here no guide, but still a guard: ’Tis hers to … More
Nihilism? That could be exhausting!
What if we tried to pursue reality to the bitter end? Not to look for what we hope to find, … More
Dialog on Morality, part III: Sail Away
Today, slavery is universally condemned as immoral, but until fairly recently, slavery was an accepted aspect of life. Most societies … More