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By James E. Tomberlin, Peter van Inwagen (auth.), James E. Tomberlin, Peter van Inwagen (eds.)

The target of this sequence is to notify either specialist philosophers and a bigger readership (of social and common scientists, methodologists, mathematicians, scholars, lecturers, publishers, etc.) approximately what's going, who is who, and who does what in modern philosophy and common sense. PROFILES is designed to give the study job and the result of already extraordinary personalities and colleges and of newly rising ones within the a number of fields of philosophy and good judgment. there are numerous Festschrift volumes devoted to quite a few philosophers. there's the distinguished Library of residing Philosophers edited by way of P. A. Schilpp whose structure inspired the current company. nonetheless they could in basic terms conceal little or no of the modern philosophical scene. confronted with a big growth of philosophical details and with a nearly scary department of work and lengthening specialization we'd like systematic and commonplace methods of keeping an eye on what occurs within the occupation. PROFILES is meant to accomplish the sort of functionality. each one quantity is dedicated to 1 or numerous philosophers whose perspectives and effects are awarded and mentioned. The profiled philosopher(s) will summarize and overview his (their) personal paintings usually fields of important contribution. This paintings might be mentioned and evaluated by means of invited participants. correct old and/or biographical info, an updated bibliography with brief abstracts of an important works and, each time attainable, references to major stories and discussions can be included.

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The latter has to do instead with arguments for the nonexistence of God or - what is quite another matter - for the irrationality or impropriety of believing that there is such a person as God. It is these arguments - 'atheological arguments' as we might call them - in which I've been interested. Going all the way back to Epicurus, philosophers have held that the existence of evil (or of the amounts and varieties of evil we do in fact find) furnishes the premises for a cogent atheological argument.

It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Wayne Days Those far-off fabulous days at Wayne during the late fifties and early sixties were, from a philosophical point of view, perhaps the best thing that has happened to me. I came to Wayne in the fall of 1958, as did Robert C. Sleigh, who then looked like a skinny, crewcut sophomore. The people already there were Nakhnikian, Hector Castaneda, Edmund Gettier, John Collinson, and Raymond Hoekstra, a graduate of Calvin College and a former student of Harry Jellema.

Somehow most of the topics in which Sleigh was then interested turned out to be relevant - set theory, modal logic, Carnap's probability theory and much else besides. Gettier acquired considerable fame as a teacher of logic, even though he had learned little or no logic in graduate school. One semester his teaching assistant - a graduate student in mathematics - prepared an exam for him. The exam involved problems in Copi-style natural deduction. The students took the exam, the assistant graded it and Gettier handed it back - but neglected to do the problems himself.

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