Welcome to the 126th Philosophers' Carnival! The Philosophers' Carnival is a regular round-up of blog posts related to the academic discipline of philosophy.
Our first exhibit is David Fryman's, Is God Necessary for Morality? at The Bennett Commentary. David argues that most disputes on this question are purely verbal - that religious morality is a fundamentally different notion from secular morality, and the former, of course, relies on God, while the latter does not.
Next in line, Katja Grace wonders whether running computer simulations of yourself can make you more likely to win the lottery at Meteuphoric.
The University of Otago announces a rare book exhibition on the history of experimental philosophy. By today's standards, it is unclear how much of this qualifies as philosophy, and how much as something more like natural science, but the organizers do "claim that experimental philosophy went beyond natural philosophy," and besides, as an early modernist myself, I couldn't resist passing this along.
The Liar Paradox, at Enigmania contains an argument for the conclusion that the truth value of the Liar sentence ("this sentence is false") is vague. The author describes this as a 'commonsense' solution, but I'm not at all convinced that commonsense allows for vague truth values. (Of course, it's not as though any of the other responses to the Paradox are particularly commonsensical.)
And last, but not least, my own contribution is a discussion of the role of true and immutable natures in Descartes's ontological argument.
That's it for this installment! The next carnival will be held on June 27 at Icthus 77.Posted by Kenny at June 6, 2011 1:11 PM
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