A common set of arguments against intelligent design theory is that it, the Discovery Institute, or the motives behind the theory are religious in nature. It is supposed that for this reason, intelligent design theory is not scientific or is not a viable theory. I have previously shown that intelligent design theory is a historical … Continue reading Intelligent Design Theory and Religion – Simply Philosophy

Feser and Intelligent Design

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Feser and Intelligent Design I think that Edward Feser is an excellent philosopher. I also think that his criticisms of intelligent design theory are criticisms of the philosophical mistakes of ID advocates rather than criticisms of any central features of intelligent design theory. Feser criticizes intelligent design theory on a number of grounds. First, that … Continue reading Feser and Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design Theory | Simply Philosophy

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Intelligent design theory began with the publication of Behe’s book Darwin’s Black Box in 1996. Since then a number of other books have been published both for and against intelligent design. Wikipedia is especially unreliable  on this issue because accuracy requires reading the primary sources rather than secondary source commentaries. In fact, much of the secondary sources … Continue reading Intelligent Design Theory | Simply Philosophy

Limiting Political Power – Simply Philosophy

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Political power can be distributed either top-down or bottom-up, but it can also be limited in various ways. There are a number of ways to limit political power. It may be limited by a higher authority, by a lack of need, by a shared moral system or by a shared agreement. These ways of limiting … Continue reading Limiting Political Power – Simply Philosophy

Distributing Political Power

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Political power – the power to tax, enforce and write law – must be distributed across individuals. Each area of power may be distributed differently. There are two main actors: the government itself and the people who are governed. Within the government the same division exists as well. In Canada, the provinces are governed by … Continue reading Distributing Political Power

Political Power – Simply Philosophy

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I have shown in a previous series that the existence of a government, the power to tax, imprison and fine individuals and the power to regulate are all necessary on occasion and sometimes morally permissible. However, this does not show that the acts and powers claimed by our present governments are either necessary or morally … Continue reading Political Power – Simply Philosophy

Government and Power – Simply Philosophy

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I have discussed the two previous arguments for anarchism already and have explained by they both fail. This third argument does not fail in the usual sense. We know from experience that power corrupts, and the greater the power the greater the corruption. Government is a particular example of this. The problem with power is … Continue reading Government and Power – Simply Philosophy

Coercion and Rights – Simply Philosophy

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In the two previous posts I have shown that a common anarchist argument against taxes fails and that the community may morally obtain your property, even if you must be coerced to do so. So it is simple to show that coercion is sometimes permissible in the case of property rights. Governments also claim the … Continue reading Coercion and Rights – Simply Philosophy

Community Assistance | Simply Philosophy

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In a previous post, I explained that a common anarchist argument against taxes fails. But that does not mean that taxes are moral. It just means that one argument against taxes fails. This is my positive argument for taxes (or something like them). I will say upfront that this argument does not justify the taking … Continue reading Community Assistance | Simply Philosophy