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Monday Night Philosophy Talks (monthly)

Greetings Toronto Philosophers,

As you may know we've been doing a lot on the philosophy of mind, and it's time to switch it up a little.  I thought we would have a few sessions on the philosophy of religion.  This topic is great in terms of conceptual/analytical debates because it talks about absolutes.  We'll run into all kinds of brain twisters as we take a look at causation, coming into being, eternity, goodness, perfection, freedom, etc, in the context of theological arguments.  Also, I think that this will make for a natural segue into other things, such as the philosophy of science.

Here's a link to some Philosophy of Religion lectures from the University of Oxford.  These were suggested by a member of our group (thank you Anthony Draper)!  For Monday, Sept. 23, we'll cover lectures 1 and 2.  (There are handouts there as well).

So, please take a listen.  This is a big topic - we'll have fun with this!  And see you in a week.



Here's how to access the iTunes version:

-Go to iTunes Store

-Click on iTunesU from top menu

-Click on Universities & Colleges, right sidebar

-Click on Oxford U.

-There you will find Philosophy of Religion


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  • David

    Predators have a more complex task in hunting for food as compared with herbivores grazing. This would drive the evolution to higher intelligence, eventually leading to self-awareness.

    September 28, 2013

    • Anthony D.

      "Predators hunting" may (or may not) be a sufficient condition for self-awareness, but it's not a necessary condition. Plenty of our ancestors and cousins are herbivores (or practically herbivore) such as monkeys and the great apes. Elephants are another example of herbivores that are most likely self-aware (all the animals I mention here pass the "mirror test" for self-awareness).

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey friends, it's such a safe space to talk! Here is the link to Some Answered Questions.

    See you next month!

    1 · September 23, 2013

    • Anthony D.

      Hey, no fair.

      When you said you had a book to recommend, I said, "it had better not be the bible!" but sending me a link to the "Baha'i Reference Library" ain't gonna cut it, either. Citing religious texts as your source for justification in belief of God commits a logical fallacy called question-begging.

      Regardless, I read the passage in this book titled, "PROOFS AND EVIDENCES OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD" and I must say it was very weak. It was loaded with bad grammar and logical fallacies, so I didn't get much out of it (certainly not any PROOF or EVIDENCE for the existence of God). If you need me to elaborate more on the problems I encountered with this "book", I will do so at the next mtg.

      September 26, 2013

    • Julie W

      Thanks for sharing Yi. I really enjoyed your contribution to the discussion...hope you keep coming out!

      September 28, 2013

  • David

    Thanks Brennan. I'll check those out.

    September 24, 2013

  • Brennan

    So nice meeting everyone tonight!

    Two pieces of food for thought, that I couldn't recall this eve:

    A great read on whether other species that're intelligent would be the same as us (predator vs prey discussion):

    The talk between Billy Graham and Woody Allen on the existence of God:

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am new to Toronto and I would love to join your club. Thanks in advance!

    September 20, 2013

  • David

    If the universe did not include predators then it probably would not have produced self-aware beings.

    1 · August 29, 2013

    • Anthony D.

      How you figure? "Predators" doesn't strike me as a necessary condition for self-consciousness. In fact, it's easy to imagine a universe consisting of exactly one conscious agent being self-aware.

      August 30, 2013

  • Eeshmam

    I am new to the group. When I get there can someone please help me to meet everyone. Thanks!

    August 2, 2013

  • Bhavesh

    I am currently in India and will be coming back to Toronto on 4th of sept. Just joined this group and looking forward to meet everyone of u soon

    July 29, 2013

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