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Gays/Guns Arguments

Gays (particularly gay marriage)

In the case of David Mullins and Charlie Craig vs. Masterpiece Cakeshop (Colorado, 2014), both Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission (DORA) and the ACLU found the following ideas compelling (quoted from their websites):

“What should

Being vs. Behavior

The recent Supreme Court ruling establishing that gay marriage must be considered legal throughout the United States has renewed the heated arguments regarding homosexuality. Christians in particular continue to state that homosexuality is an “abomination” in the sight of God, …


We’ve done the hard work, so pulling it all together into a single, big-picture argument is now quite easy and straightforward, as follows:

Arguments — We learned what propositions are, that they are statements that can be either true or …

Abstract Objects

We have repeatedly alluded to the notion of abstract objects, as we have talked about, for example, propositions underlying information. As our last point of consideration in this seminar, we will now take a closer look at the necessary existence …

Information Theory Continued

We have settled upon a working definition of “information.” It is: Semantical content intentionally formed and conveyed according to syntactical rules.

We see three primary components of this definition: Syntax (form/structure), semantics (meaning), and intention. Each is a necessary condition …

Philosophy of Mind Continued 3

We have briefly introduced and contrasted Humean empiricism and Kantian transcendental idealism. We’ve talked about primary and secondary qualities, and we’ve talked about how that division leads to the Kantian division between “things in themselves” and “appearances.” At this juncture, …

Hume’s Empiricism

David Hume (1711-1776) was a Scottish philosopher who is now universally considered preeminent among the so-called “British empiricists.” However, even higher praise comes from Kant himself, who said that Hume “awakened me from my dogmatic slumber.”

“Dogmatic” in Kant’s time …