Monday, May 15, 2023

Philosophical Naturalism: Some Posts


Once, in my MCCC Philosophy of Religion class, a student asked me, "Dr. Piippo, do you believe in Satan and demons?"

I answered, "Yes."

And, BTW, so did the apostles Peter and Paul. So did Jesus.

Demons and angels are persons, without physical bodies. Do I believe this? Yes.

Why? Part of my answer is: I have never been a philosophical naturalist or physicalist. That is, I have never believed all reality is reducible, without remainder, to physical particles.  (On particle physics, check this helpful book out.) 

Here are some of the posts I have written relating to the incoherence of physicalism, and the reality of non-physical objects (such as, e.g., moral facts, or free will.) 

Demons in America


The Churchlands - famous philosophical eliminative materialists

A dinosaur chooses to question the reality of free will

The Gospel of Scientific Materialism