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Love as a Core Philosophical Issue, Part 2

Posted by Michael S. Pearl, 01 July 2010 - * * * * * · 508 views

The word love  is commonly applied to the personal experience of feeling affection for some other individual(s) - regardless of whether that affection is of a romantic or of a filial sort or a sort of friendship. Most often, and for most people, the term love  is reserved for an extraordinarily intense or exceptional attraction - again, whether of a roman...


Love as a Core Philosophical Issue, Part 1

Posted by Michael S. Pearl, 21 June 2010 - * * * * * · 480 views

Sharon Krishek's excellent article, "The Enactment of Love by Faith: On Kierkegaard's Distinction Between Love and Its Works" 1 , begins by noting that:Soren Kierkegaard, who was well attuned to the nuances of words, decided to call his important religious treatise on love Works of Love . This decision demands attention: Why works  of love...


Overhauling Morality for American Medicine, Part 1

Posted by Michael S. Pearl, 02 April 2010 - * * * * * · 270 views

Ever since John McCain foisted her upon the American people, Sarah Palin has come to be regarded – rightly or wrongly, fairly or not - as more of a blurter than a thinker. Last summer, Palin blurted her way into the middle of the national discussion concerning the legislation which had been proposed for overhauling the American health care system. Virtual...


On the Cosmological Argument, Part 5

Posted by Michael S. Pearl, 21 March 2010 - - - - - - · 262 views

On the Cosmological Argument, Part 5   Continued from here  The Nature of Possibilities   Traditionally, possibilities are regarded as abstract things, where “abstract” is supposed to be a contrast to “physical”. Where “physical” by definition indicates the space-time context, the possibilities which constitute the singularity (the apparent first context)...


On the Cosmological Argument, Part 4

Posted by Michael S. Pearl, 20 March 2010 - * * * * - · 352 views

On the Cosmological Argument, Part 4   Continued from here  The Cosmology of Stephen Hawking   As discussed previously, the Hawking-Penrose theorems appear to be wholly compatible with there being a first context as per the Cosmological Argument, but Hawking's imaginary time-based “no boundary” condition for the space-time universe would seem to effec...


On the Cosmological Argument, Part 3

Posted by Michael S. Pearl, 19 March 2010 - - - - - - · 265 views

On the Cosmological Argument, Part 3   Continued from here  Causes and Contexts   Putting aside the issue of atemporal eternalism, at least for the moment and certainly for the sake of simplicity of expression, there is the matter pertaining to the Cosmological Argument regarding whether, despite there being a beginning as already discussed, any things co...


On the Cosmological Argument, Part 2

Posted by Michael S. Pearl, 18 March 2010 - - - - - - · 451 views
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On the Cosmological Argument, Part 2   Continued from here  The Natures of Beginning and the Infinite   According to the Cosmological Argument, no thing comes to be without being caused by - or without being dependent on - some other thing(s), and this apparently rather innocuous understanding immediately leads to the considerations regarding whether ther...


On the Cosmological Argument, Part 1

Posted by Michael S. Pearl, 17 March 2010 - - - - - - · 486 views
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On the Cosmological Argument, Part 11    Introduction and The Nature of Contingencies   Back in 1994, Quentin Smith reported2  that world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking had “recently argued that there is 'no place for a creator', that God does not exist.” Has Hawking ever so explicitly denied God? Or, is this Smith's own interp...





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