Can We Know Anything with Certainty?

Rene Descartes

There are many reasons we might want to philosophize—become better people, gain self-knowledge, understand the history of thought, etc. But I was drawn to philosophy because I wanted to know, as far as is possible, what was true. This sentiment echoes the very first sentence of the very first book in my very first college philosophy class, way back in 1973. Continue reading Can We Know Anything with Certainty?

Nietzsche: Active and Passive Nihilism

Friedrich Nietzsche

What is Nihilism?

Nihilism is the philosophical doctrine that denies the existence of one or more of those things thought to make life good especially truth, values, or meaning. A nihilist doesn’t believe that knowledge is possible, that anything is valuable, or that life has meaning. Nihilism also denotes a general mood of despair or pessimism toward life. Continue reading Nietzsche: Active and Passive Nihilism

Polytheism and Reformed Epistemology

Triumph of Faith over Idolatry by Jean-Baptiste Théodon (1646–1713)

[My post “Faith and Properly Basic Beliefs” provoked this response from Dr. Darrell Arnold.]

My Beliefs Are Basic, Your’s Are Not

Sociologists and historians can show us many cultures in which individuals have had beliefs that they probably thought were properly basic. Continue reading Polytheism and Reformed Epistemology