Philosophy in Progress

William F. Vallicella
Philosophy both narrowly and broadly construed
Created 19 Jan 2021
  • Callicles as Precursor of De Sade
    03 May 2022
    At Gorgias 492, tr. Helmbold, the ‘divine’ Plato puts the following words into the mouth of Callicles: A man who is going to live a full life must allow his desires to become as mighty as may be and n...
  • The Consolations of Philosophy
    30 Apr 2022
    Mattia Preti, Boethius and Philosophy oil on canvas, c. 1680, Malta, public domain I feel a little guilty at deriving so much intellectual stimulation from the events of the day. It is fascinating to ...
  • The Question of the Reality of God: Wittgensteinian Fideism No Answer
    19 Apr 2022
    Taking a Wittgensteinian line, D. Z. Phillips construes the question of the reality of God as like the question of the reality of physical objects in general, and unlike the question of the reality of...
  • Ratzinger on the Resurrection of the Body
    17 Apr 2022
    "I believe in . . . the resurrection of the body and life everlasting." Thus ends the Apostles' Creed. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) addresses the meaning of this article of faith on p...
  • Wittgenstein on Christianity
    15 Apr 2022
    From Culture and Value, University of Chicago Press, 1980, tr. Peter Winch, 32e, emphases in original: Christianity is not based on a historical truth; rather, it offers us a (historical) narrative an...
  • The Philosopher and the Christian
    11 Apr 2022
    George W. Bush once referred to Jesus Christ as his favorite political philosopher, thereby betraying both a failure to grasp what a philosopher is and who Jesus claimed to be. Jesus Christ is not a p...
  • Husserl, Thomas, and Sister Adelgundis
    08 Apr 2022
    Some of us live the tension between the autonomy of reason and the heteronomy of faith and trust. On the one side, we are admirers of Edmund Husserl with his ethos of critical examination, of cautious...
  • Merit and 'Equity'
    07 Apr 2022
    Those who lack merit too often seek to achieve by political means what they cannot achieve by accomplishing something. Leftists aid and abet them. Equality before the law and equality of opportunity a...
  • Lecturer on Personal Identity Denied Honorarium
    31 Mar 2022
    The members of the philosophy department were so convinced by the lecturer's case against diachronic personal identity that they refused to pay him his honorarium on the ground that the potential reci...
  • Be Positive!
    30 Mar 2022
    The Cloudview Trailhead is the one nearest to my house. It is a bit hard to get to as one must negotiate a number of turns. One fellow didn't like people driving onto his property in search of it so h...
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