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Good Reasons to Believe: Do Ontological Arguments Provide Good Reasons to Believe

Here is my recent appearance on “Good Reasons to Believe.”  I ran out of time towards the end.  I had hoped to present my own formulation of a deontic-ontological argument.

Enjoy!

Upcoming Good Reasons to Believe: “Do Ontological Arguments Provide Good Reasons to Believe?”

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This Sunday I will be on Good Reasons to Believe asking the question “Do Ontological Arguments Provide Good Reasons to Believe?”

“Daniel Vecchio is PhD student and lecturer at Marquette University where he teaches courses in Logic and Human Nature. His area of research is on essences and necessity in Aristotle’s modal syllogistic. This week, Daniel will be discussing various ontological arguments for God’s existence. He will survey the argument’s historical development, and consider the most common objections. Are there any ways to respond to these objections? Are any ontological arguments still relevant? Daniel will explain why he thinks that the philosophical and theological merit of these arguments should not be overlooked.”

So tune in!

Details: the show streams through Ustream live (Sunday 10/13  4pm UK time,  11am EST, 10 am CST).  You should be able to find the show through this link NCG Studios: The Place.  See you there!!

P.S. If you miss the show, I’ll post the YouTube archive when it becomes available.

Good Reasons to Believe: Are Moral Arguments Any Good?

Here is my talk on the Moral Arguments.  A few points were rushed towards the end.  And I was getting a lot of audio in my headphones, which I should have muted because it distracted me.  So apologies for that!  Otherwise, I think it is a helpful summary of some of the major issues, as well as a brief introduction to my modalized version of the argument.  I hope to take my modalized version of the argument to the next level by presenting it at some conferences, but it still needs some work.

Enjoy!

Upcoming: Good Reasons to Believe talk “Are Moral Arguments Any Good?”

This Sunday I will be on Good Reasons to Believe asking the question “Are Moral Arguments Any Good?”

In the show, I will develop a couple of versions of the moral argument, and assess whether I think they are ultimately successful.  In particular, I will focus on the Kantian version of the argument, which may be less familiar to some.  So tune in!

Details: the show streams through Ustream live (Sunday 6/9  4pm UK time,  11am EST, 10 am CST).  You should be able to find the show through this link NCG Studios: The Place.  See you there!!

P.S. If you miss the show, I’ll post the YouTube archive when it becomes available.

Good Reasons to Believe: Daniel Vecchio & Marc Belcastro

Here is my interview of Marc Belcastro and his defense of the Contingency Argument.

Marc was an excellent guest and helped me through as a first time host. Excellent job, Marc!

“Good Reasons to Believe” Interview of Marc Belcastro Tomorrow (2/10)

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Tomorrow I will be interviewing Marc Belcastro on “Good Reasons to Believe”.  Marc’s talk is entitled “The Contingency Argument for God’s Existence”.  He will be explaining the Leibnizian Cosmological argument, and I get to grill him a little!  Marc is an excellent and careful philosopher, so this should be good.  Also, it will be my birthday, so the best gift to me would be for you to tune in (I am not sure that that would be a sufficient reason to tune in, but it’s some sort of reason)!

Bio: Marc Belcastro is a Christian theist, of the Anselmian Trinitarian variety. His primary philosophical interests include philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. Concerning philosophy of religion, his attention has lately been occupied by two contemporary versions of the cosmological argument as well as by divine command theory. Concerning philosophical theology, he’s recently been attempting to develop some work on the respective Christian doctrines of the Trinity and of final punishment. Marc also has an affection for metaphysics and coffee, together or apart. He intends to pursue a PhD in philosophy in the near future, and he also aspires to become a father, a novelist, and a better cook. Marc, his excellent wife Shelly, and their pretty cute dog Tibby live in Dayton, Ohio.

Details: the show streams through Ustream live (Sunday 2/10  4pm UK time,  11am EST, 10 am CST).  You should be able to find the show through this link NCG Studios: The Place.  Hope you’ll tune in!

P.S. If you miss the show, I’ll post the YouTube archive when it becomes available.

Good Reasons to Believe: Alan Darley & Daniel Vecchio

Here is my interview with Alan Darley on his show “Good Reasons to Believe”.

My talk is called “Pragmatic Arguments for a Skeptical Age”.  Enjoy!

Guest on “Good Reasons to Believe” with Alan Darley

I’m excited to announce that I will be on “Good Reasons to Believe” this Sunday 1/27 at 10am CST.  The show’s host, Alan Darley, and I will be discussing skepticism and the so-called pragmatic arguments for belief in God (think Pascal and William James).

I met Alan through the Unbelievable? Group on Facebook.  We share a passion for Thomism and debate.  I thought it would be interesting to discuss James and Pascal since I think they are often misunderstood and have fallen into disfavor among apologists.  Nonetheless, I think such arguments present a very powerful case against the Sagan-esque skepticism of the “New Atheist”, which is often expressed by the ECREE slogan (extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence).

Details: the show streams through Ustream live (Sunday 1/27 4pm UK time, 10 am CST, 11am EST).  You should be able to find the show through this link NCG Studios: The Place.  Hope you’ll tune in!

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