Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Dictatorship of the Old Order

(Conference Paper, PHAVISMINDA Conference, Visayas State University, 2013)

Political relations define the state of affairs of a nation. Where a country is immature politically, its people will naturally desire or cry for justice from their government. The poor, who lack the requisite resources for a life well-lived, have no other means except to kneel before their leaders. Development is impossible if people are denied access to or are excluded from the just distribution of social goods. People starving and queuing for food assistance indicate the enormous inequalities that systemic political elitism can create.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The God Question

This paper discusses three of the most celebrated essays in the philosophy of religion, namely, Ludwig Feuerbach’s The Essence of Christianity, JAT Robinson’s Can a Contemporary Person not be an Atheist?, and Bertrand Russell’s Why I am not a Christian. I seek to amplify the logic and rationale behind these works while intending to initiate the reader to the basic assumptions of the authors. I will begin with some preliminary remarks on the philosophers, and specific commentaries on the essays will follow. I will attempt to provide a common ground and my counter-argument to the three positions on the God question in the conclusion.