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2017

Introduction


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Judy Walker and Tom Flynn
Who cares about philosophy, anyway? You must, because you have one.

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26
2017

Philosophy as the Las Vegas of Rational Inquiry


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Daniel C. Dennett
Philosophy is always going to be the default home of nonnaturalists and antinaturalists. Since no other discipline will take them seriously, they gravitate toward philosophy and find each other.

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2017

The Future of Philosophical Naturalism


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Russell Blackford
Philosophical naturalism comes in different flavors, but it is essentially the idea that nothing supernatural affects events in the world around us –– or perhaps that nothing supernatural even exists.

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2017

Naturalism and the Fundamental Question


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Stephen Maitzen
Why is there anything, rather than nothing at all? The German philosopher G. W. Leibniz, co-discoverer of calculus, called it "the first question that should rightly be asked."

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Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism: Clarifying the Connection


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Barbara Forrest
During the past two decades, an attack has been waged in the United States against both methodological naturalism and philosophical naturalism.

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2017

Goldilocks Naturalism


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Scott Aikin, Thomas Dabay, and Robert B. Talisse
Naturalism is obviously a philosophical view. It is a view about what is, about how to inquire and what to inquire into, and about what we can meaningfully talk about. Moreover, because of these features, naturalism is also a view about how to do philosophy.

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2017

Religion Is An Empirical Question –– Finally


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Robyn E. Blumner
Karl Marx never wrote the phrase “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” He wrote, “[Religion] is the opium of the people.” Close enough. Marx saw religion as a fantasy that allowed people to balm their degraded lives.

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2017

Only the Truth Will Prevent Harm


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Sarah Haider
Nothing is as destructive to a political ideology as a hypocrisy exposed. An accidental hypocrisy indicates ignorance, and ignorance, thankfully, can often be remedied with evidence and reason.

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2017

Censor Social Media and Lose the War Against Terrorism


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Faisal Saeed Al Mutar
I recently made a joke on Facebook about both ISIS and the absurdity of New Age religions and positive-thinking cults by saying that "If you don't like ISIS, join them because change comes from within."

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26
2017

What If We’re Wrong?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Greta Christina
I’m not asking this question in a general skeptical sense. I’m not asking what we do when we suspect that we’re wrong, how we examine whether we’re wrong, or how we know when we’re wrong. I’m asking a very specific question.

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