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Red Letter Philosophy

Dec 24, 2022

What does it mean to believe? Is belief a virtue? This week we celebrate Christmas by pondering Christmas belief. In particular, we ponder these questions aboard The Polar Express.

Dec 16, 2022

17th century philosopher, Baruch Spinoza, wrote, “nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.”  Spinoza, a philosophical child of Descartes’, sought to draw out the logical implications of Descartes’ philosophical revolution.  Monism, pantheism, and Spinoza on this week’s episode of Red...

Dec 2, 2022

What is ultimately real?  According to Descartes, reality is composed of two substances, mind and matter.  Why did Descartes think this?  More importantly, why should we care?  In this week’s episode, we take up these questions.

Nov 22, 2022

Is gratitude a virtue?  Gratitude is not listed among the four cardinal virtues.  Gratitude is not listed among the three theological virtues?  Should it be among the virtues?  Does the Thanksgiving holiday get overlooked?  A series of questions and reflections on the Thanksgiving holiday on this week’s Red Letter...

Nov 18, 2022

In this episode, we continue to contemplate Descartes’ response to the challenge of nominalism, doubt, and radical skepticism.  In particular, we ponder a piece of wax.  Does a piece of wax hold the key to understanding knowledge, reality, and God?  Descartes and the meaning of it all, on this week’s Red Letter...