Menuge: Dr. Angus Menuge joined Concordia University Wisconsin in Menuge has also edited volumes on C. Lewis, Christ and culture and the vocation of scientist, and has written several Bible studies.
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Wintery Knight 10 Comments Soldiers of the st Airborne Division test the new M pistol My friend Seth mentioned to me that he likes the argument from reason, so I thought I would post something about it from a Christian scholar who I really admire.
Angus Menuge offers the best I think argument for the proposition that theism is the best ground for our reasoning capability. Menuge : Dr. Angus Menuge joined Concordia University Wisconsin in Lewis, Intelligent Design and the case against scientific materialism. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
I got these straight from the source, and got permission to post them, too. Here is the introduction to the paper that Dr. Menuge read at the EPS conference: The argument from reason is really a family of arguments to show that reasoning is incompatible with naturalism. Here, naturalism is understood as the idea that foundationally, there are only physical objects, properties and relations, and anything else reduces to, supervenes on, or emerges from that.
For our purposes, one of the most important claims of naturalism is that all causation is passive, automatic, event causation an earthquake automatically causes a tidal wave; the tidal wave responds passively : there are no agent causes, where something does not happen automatically but only because the agent exerts his active power by choosing to do it.
The most famous version of the argument from reason is epistemological: if naturalism were true, we could not be justified in believing it. Today, I want to focus on the ontological argument from reason, which asserts that there cannot be reasoning in a naturalistic world, because reasoning requires libertarian free will, and this in turn requires a unified, enduring self with active power. The two most promising ways out of this argument are: 1 Compatibilism—even in a deterministic, naturalistic world, humans are capable of free acts of reason if their minds are responsive to rational causes; 2 Libertarian Naturalism—a self with libertarian free will emerges from the brain.
I argue that neither of these moves works, and so, unless someone has a better idea, the ontological argument from reason stands.
The paper is 11 pages long, and it is awesome for those of you looking for some good discussion of one of the issues in the area of philosophy of mind. I blogged about that argument before. They both work, and they are both awesome. Powerpoint slideshow But there is more than just the paper! The slides are easier to understand than the paper, but the paper is not too bad. Positive arguments for Christian theism.
Angus Menuge explains the ontological argument from reason
Note: At the time of writing, Dr. Menuge is the current president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society Introduction Almost everyone is in favor of human rights, and many of our cultural debates depend on pitting one alleged human right against another. Both of the major human rights instruments, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights include the basic right to life, for the obvious reason that without life, none of the other rights can be exercised. Yet today, it is common to claim that abortion and physician assisted suicide are also fundamental human rights. Since the set of rights claims is inconsistent, we all need some principle that will tell us when a particular claim is or is not justified. But most philosophers are committed to naturalism.
Have you heard about Dr. Angus Menuge’s ontological argument against naturalism?
Wintery Knight 10 Comments Soldiers of the st Airborne Division test the new M pistol My friend Seth mentioned to me that he likes the argument from reason, so I thought I would post something about it from a Christian scholar who I really admire. Angus Menuge offers the best I think argument for the proposition that theism is the best ground for our reasoning capability. Menuge : Dr. Angus Menuge joined Concordia University Wisconsin in Lewis, Intelligent Design and the case against scientific materialism. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. I got these straight from the source, and got permission to post them, too.
A falência do naturalismo como fundamento para os Direitos Humanos | Angus J. L. Menuge
Our new and exciting series presenting a representative sample of American loons from A-Z. Angus Menuge is a professor of philosophy at Concordia University and has published stuff in from a philosophical point of view certain half-respectable venues and in Christian apologetics journals. He is a hardcore Christian apologetic who claims to have been converted by C. Lewis — he claims to have been an agnostic before that but contradicts that claim well enough by himself why are very religious people so often dishonest about such things? He is, as mentioned, a firm creationist, and he is also a Fellow at the Discovery Institute.