Credo in Unum Deum

I Believe in One God

External World Scepticism and Natural Law

I have been in conversation with a friend of mine who is delving deeply into the debate over external world scepticism (EWS) and whether it can be adequately defeated without any question begging.  I am wondering about the fate of Natural Law and the certainty we have of its reality and moral claim on our lives, if as our sceptical frineds say, our choice to not be EWS is purely pragmatic.  It seems that Natural Law only follows from our pragmatic belief in an external world… in which case objective, absolute ethics honestly go out the window.One way out is to have an a priori argument for the existence of God.  This would surely close the discussion, but too many folks, especially Theists (?), are sceptical (?)… “It’s too easy, too good to be true” is the common retort… Personally, I dig Anselm’s proof, and the Bonaventurian, Scotistic, von Hildebrandian, and finally Seifertian developments to it.  That isn’t to say that I understand it even partly, but what I know about it, seems to be our best bet.Thoughts… that’s all. 

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January 23, 2008 - Posted by | Philosophy

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