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Walden Pod is a philosophy, science, and culture podcast featuring Emerson Green (Counter Apologetics).

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Walden Pod is a philosophy, science, and culture podcast featuring Emerson Green (Counter Apologetics).

    41 - Phenomenal Conservatism & Epistemology w/ Michael Huemer

    41 - Phenomenal Conservatism & Epistemology w/ Michael Huemer

    Today I'm speaking with Dr. Michael Huemer about phenomenal conservatism, a theory in epistemology that seeks to ground justified beliefs in the way things “appear” or “seem” to the subject who holds that belief. We discuss a wide range of issues in epistemology, including internalism vs. externalism, justified true belief, proper functionalism, the epistemic value of psychedelic experiences, religious experiences, radical skepticism, knowledge, conceptual analysis, intuition, and much else.




    Michael Huemer is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is the author of more than seventy academic articles in epistemology, ethics, metaethics, metaphysics, and political philosophy, as well as several books, including Skepticism and the Veil of Perception, Ethical Intuitionism, Paradox Lost, and Dialogues on Ethical Vegetarianism, and his new book, Knowledge, Reality, and Value: A Mostly Common Sense Guide to Philosophy.




    PC: If it seems to S that P, then, in the absence of defeaters, S thereby has at least some justification for believing that P.




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    40 - What is Naturalism?

    40 - What is Naturalism?

    Naturalists, according to David Papinau, author of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on naturalism, urge “that reality is exhausted by nature, containing nothing ‘supernatural’.” Naturalism “has no very precise meaning in contemporary philosophy” beyond this, along with an emphasis on science as a means to understand the natural world.




    Naturalism is the view that there is only the natural world. I defend this simple conception of naturalism, ward off a few criticisms, and argue that there’s a kind of parity between the terms “theism” and “naturalism.” In other words, if you don’t have a problem with the term “theism,” you shouldn’t have a problem with “naturalism.”




    Luke Roelofs - Combining Minds: How to Think about Composite Subjectivity





    Is God the Best Explanation of Things? A Dialogue - Joshua Rasmussen & Felipe Leon (this wasn’t mentioned in the episode, but Leon does a wonderful job fleshing out “liberal naturalism”




    Graham Oppy - The Best Argument Against God




    Sean Carroll - Poetic Naturalism




    Galen Strawson - Real Naturalism




    William Lycan - Philosophy of Language: A Contemporary Introduction




    Naturalism - SEP




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    a few elaborations of naturalism...




    “By ‘naturalism’ I mean the view that the world contains a single basic type of stuff, whose behavior is governed by a single set of simple, general laws, and that these laws are those revealed by science. The most common version of naturalism among contemporary philosophers is physicalism, the view that the world is entirely made up of matter, and matter is exhaustively described by physics. But some philosophers reject physicalism, even while accepting naturalism, holding that matter is not exhaustively described by physics—there are fundamental aspects of matter that physics is blind to. In particular (they tend to say), there are certain things each of us can know about matter, such as that one particular portion of matter (the one between our ears) sometimes feels and thinks and experiences, which go beyond both what physics itself says and what can be deduced from any physical description, no matter how detailed. Because facts about my consciousness are left out by any purely physical descriptions, these ‘naturalistic anti-physicalists’ infer that consciousness must be itself a fundamental feature of reality, no more derivable from physical properties than mass is derivable from charge.”




    Luke Roelofs







    “Naturalism is a philosophy according to which there is only one world -- the natural world, which exhibits unbroken patterns (the laws of nature), and which we can learn about through hypothesis testing and observation. In particular, there is no supernatural world -- no gods, no spirits, no transcendent meanings. I like to talk about a particular approach to naturalism, which can be thought of as Poetic. By that I mean to emphasize that, while there is only one world, there are many ways of talking about the world. "Ways of talking" shouldn't be underestimated; they can otherwise be labeled "theories" or "models" or "vocabularies" or "stories," and if a particular way of talking turns out to be sufficiently accurate and useful, the elements in its corresponding vocabulary deserve to be called real.”




    Sean Carroll







    “Naturalism says that causal reality is natural reality: the domain of causes is nothing more nor less than the natural world. Atheism says that there are no gods; in consequence, atheism says that there is no God. Naturalism entails atheism: if causal reality is natural reality, then there is no (supernatural) cause of natural reality, and, in particular, there is no God. But atheism does not

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    Panpsychism Debate: Emerson Green vs. Aaron Rabinowitz

    Panpsychism Debate: Emerson Green vs. Aaron Rabinowitz

    Aaron is a lecturer in the Rutgers philosophy department (@ETVpod). Emerson is the host of Counter Apologetics and Walden Pod (@waldenpod).


    Aaron’s podcast, Embrace the Void https://voidpod.com/


    This debate took place on the Right to Reason podcast https://therighttoreason.podbean.com/e/panpsychism-debate/


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    39 - How do you defend substance dualism? with Dustin Crummett

    39 - How do you defend substance dualism? with Dustin Crummett

    Dr. Dustin Crummett received a PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2018, and he is currently working on animal ethics as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He specializes in social and political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of religion. Today, we talk about vagueness arguments against materialism, phenomenal conservatism, doubt arguments, Phineas Gage, physical causal closure, the core theory, vitalism, ghosts, split-brain cases, occam's razor, panpsychism, idealism, dual-aspect theories, and the problem of psychophysical luck.





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    Micah Edvenson & Dustin Crummett on Socialism





    Dustin Crummett with John Buck & Inspiring Christianity on Dualism 





    A Deeper Analysis of the Problem of Evil with Dr. Dustin Crummett 





    Is The Problem Of Evil Worse Than We Thought? Non-Alchemist & Dr. Dustin Crummett 





    Science, Mind, and the Limits of Understanding - Noam Chomsky 





    Can physicalism explain phenomenal consciousness? 





    Luke Roelofs - Combining Minds 





    Hedda Hassel Morch - The Evolutionary Argument for Phenomenal Powers 




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    38 - What is Philosophy?

    38 - What is Philosophy?

    What is philosophy, and who counts as a philosopher? My two favorite answers come from Alvin Plantinga and Arthur Schopenhauer. According to Plantinga, philosophy is just thinking hard about something. Schopenhauer put it a bit more loftily: philosophy represents our attempt to “lay bare the true nature of the world.” (At least, this is true in philosophy’s more ambitious moments.) Additionally, I would submit that philosophy is the intensification of a natural human activity.



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    David Egan on Philosophy [Aeon]



    Alvin Plantinga and William Lane Craig on Philosophy [Reasonable Faith]



    Transcript [emersongreenblog]



    Is philosophy dead? [iTunes]



    You’re wrong to hate philosophy [iTunes]

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    37 - Watching a painfully bad critique of panpsychism

    37 - Watching a painfully bad critique of panpsychism

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18 Ratings

nickanderhoey ,

You’re the best!

Heard you on Right to Reason. You acquitted yourself well, sir!
T Jump behaved with hostility and aggression from the start. I was really upset. You did great! Chalk it up to experience, mate. We’ll keep honing those arguments.

williamnapp ,

love the consciousness episodes

Mainly here for the panpsychism content. Keep it up! :)

joeyteale ,

Don’t miss out.

This is a clear, concise, and informative philosophy podcast. The host, Emerson Green, is an intellectual force to reckon with. Whether you’re already a philosophy junkie on the search for substantive philosophical examinations, or you are just becoming interested in philosophy more generally, I highly recommend taking a listen.

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