Medieval Arguments for the Existence of God Part 4: Teleological Arguments

Medieval Arguments for the Existence of God Part 4: Teleological Arguments

This is part 4 of a four-part series on the medieval arguments for the existence of God. Part 1 outlined the four types of arguments for God’s existence, part 2 covered ontological arguments, part 3 covered cosmological arguments, and this final part (part 4) will wrap up the series by covering teleological arguments. 

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Medieval Arguments for the Existence of God Part 3: Cosmological Arguments

Medieval Arguments for the Existence of God Part 3: Cosmological Arguments

This is part 3 of a four-part series on the medieval arguments for the existence of God. Part 1 outlined the four types of arguments for God’s existence, Part 2 covered the ontological arguments, and this post (part 3) will cover cosmological arguments. Part 4 will wrap up the series by covering teleological arguments. 

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Medieval Arguments for the Existence of God Part 2: Ontological Arguments

Medieval Arguments for the Existence of God Part 2: Ontological Arguments

This is part 2 of a four-part series on the medieval arguments for the existence of God. Part 1 covered the four categories of arguments for God’s existence, the philosophical problems of faith, and key terminology relevant to the debate. This post will cover the ontological argument exclusively, while parts 3 and 4 will cover the cosmological and teleological arguments, respectively. 

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Seneca’s Timeless Advice on the Art of Reading

Seneca’s Timeless Advice on the Art of Reading

Reading a great book (specifically nonfiction) is to acquire, within a matter of hours, the insights and knowledge that the author spent months, years, and sometimes decades developing. In this sense, books are knowledge multipliers, shortcuts to years of research and thinking, and the more books you read, the more hard-won knowledge you accumulate in a fraction of the time.

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A Lesson on the Difference Between Philosophy and Religion

A Lesson on the Difference Between Philosophy and Religion

How to Live a Good Life book cover

A philosophy of life is a considered set of principles by which one finds meaning, purpose, and coherence in the world. A philosophy of life contains an epistemology (what can be known), a metaphysics (how the world works), an ethical framework (how to behave and treat others), and variously a political philosophy that describes how society should be structured. 

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Epicurus on the Three Obstacles to Happiness and Tranquility

Epicurus on the Three Obstacles to Happiness and Tranquility

According to Epicurus (341–270 B.C.E.), an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of Epicureanism, the path to living the good life is self-evident. At bottom, there is something that we all seek for its own sake, and that is pleasure, just as we all seek to avoid the opposite of pleasure, pain. Since we all know with relative certainty the kinds of things that bring us both pleasure and pain, we can use this knowledge as the foundation for living the best possible life. 

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