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Sunday, November 14, A.D. 2010
Nagel on Evolutionary Naturalism and the Fear of Religion

Bill Vallicella of Maverick Philosopher reflects on an interesting and honest admission in The Last Word by Thomas Nagel in “Nagel on Evolutionary Naturalism and the Fear of Religion.” I recommend that you read it.

A young Jesuit professor that I had argued that moral considerations largely drive men’s theoretical commitments. I rejected his view at the time, thinking that it was bad form to psychoanalyze disagreement. The older I get, the more I think that he was right. Of course, we must deal with arguments rationally by examining the matters being discussed. Nonetheless, when I think about the arguer rather than simply addressing the argument, non-rational motivations may explain what often seems to me inexplicable.

Posted by Joseph on Sunday, November 14, Anno Domini 2010
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