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Hello! I’m a and I’m new on Mastodon. I am mainly interested in extraordinary beliefs and experiences in the context of and . I am the leader of an ongoing project titled ‘Expanding the Philosophy of Religion by Engaging with Afro-Brazilian Traditions’, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. templeton.org/news/what-the-wo @philosophy

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“Mihi videtur ut palea.”

On 6 December 1273, while Saint Thomas Aquinas was celebrating Mass, he experienced a long ecstasy. Because of what he saw, he abandoned his routine and refused to dictate to his socius, Reginald of Piperno. When Reginald begged him to get back to work, Thomas replied: “Reginald, I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me.” As a result, the Summa would remain uncompleted.

@philosophy @theologidons

Here is an abductive argument from beauty for the existence of God I am working on.

Fact: we experience nature as beautiful. Wherever we look—waterfalls, the starry sky, rivers, oceans, sunsets, flowers and trees of all kinds—we find beauty. Now why is that? Why should we find nature beautiful, often to the point of awe? Even atheists such as Steven Weinberg observe that 'sometimes nature seems more beautiful than strictly necessary.'

Naturalistic accounts for the origins of this experience will either say it is a product or a byproduct of evolution. Either we experience natural beauty because various natural elements were instrumental in our evolution (the "biophilia" hypothesis) or awe at natural beauty is derived from other adaptive awe experiences.

Both naturalistic accounts rely on a questionable hidden premise, namely, that affordances themselves can figure in the subject's perceptual experience. This assertion inflates the perceptual content and makes it mysterious, endowing it with non-phenomenal properties. Cf. scielo.br/j/man/a/8RDr6HtxjJjk

Now, supposing there are no satisfactory naturalistic accounts of the fact that we experience nature as beautiful AND the existence of God is a viable explanation for that fact, then (we have defeasible evidence that) God exists.

@philosophy @religion @theologidons

For , here are two CSV lists I emphatically recommend.

The first is a list of compiled by @eyssette, who already made it very simple to download it and even provided instructions on how to import it: eyssette.github.io/Mastodon-Ph

The second is the list of , religion scholars on Mastodon, compiled by @amv. I have created a CSV for it and am updating it every week: drive.google.com/file/d/1o7G65

If you want to add yourself to the latter, you can do it here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

@philosophy @philosophyofreligion @theologidons @religidons

Jay L. Garfield and Bryan W. Van Norden suggest that any department that regularly offers courses only on Western @philosophy should rename itself “Department of European and American Philosophy.”

nytimes.com/2016/05/11/opinion

The problem with the Fediverse right now isn't technological, or even scale. 🧵

It's knowledge onboarding.

Most performance problems with the Fediverse would dissipate if the bulk of users would go to small instance or self-host themselves.

Instead, they go to big instances under the mistaken impression that:

1. Big instances have better performance -- nope!
2. Big instances give them better reach and discoverability -- nope!
3. Bigger instances are better maintained -- nope!

“Hegel seems to me to be always wanting to say that things that look different are really the same. Whereas my interest is in showing that things which look the same are really different …‘I’ll show you differences.’”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

I feel you, buddy.

#CSLewis born in Belfast #otd 29 Nov 1898. "Jack" to friends eg Tolkien, from age 4 (name taken from pet dog Jacksie according to Douglas Gresham, Lewis’s stepson).

dib.ie/biography/lewis-clive-s

#IrishPhilosophy #IrishPhilosophyOTD

@jeporcher has made a helpful CSV list which you can access here: drive.google.com/file/d/1LMpq3
You can find instructions on how to import the CSV list here: eyssette.github.io/Mastodon-Ph

And you can add yourself to the list to keep in touch with other scholars of religion: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

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I have fallen very, very behind on welcome duties, so we have A LOT of new #Religidons to say hello to. A very warm, if somewhat belated, welcome to:

@yasha
@MatthewJMCoomber
@amhennessey
@chuckwooldridge
@jeporcher
@jim
@AKMA
@thomasdcarroll
@mie_astrup
@reubenlillie
@chancebonar
@JonathanCR
@ChrisJKelly
@rebbi
@benghini
@KrisLK
@egwalsh
@krysiawally
@DocBrush@Mastodonapp.uk
@BlankTGM

Great day at Emotions in Geneva! I learnt so much and I feel very inspired. Also glad I got to discuss the most interdisciplinary and applied project I ever participated in! youtu.be/vW5rPj1yCs0 @philosophy @philosophyofpsychiatry

New podcast episode out! 

New podcast episode out!

You can listen here, or on most other major podcast curators (e.g., Apple, Google, Spotify)
offcampus.buzzsprout.com/19756

In this episode, I interview Rachel Taylor about her past research studying trance/possession rituals in African Diaspora religions and neo-paganism and Heathenry and her current career as a senior principle organizational change consultant at Collaborative Solutions (which, by the way, is hiring; collaborativesolutions.com/car). We talked about loving academia but also knowing its reality, and about the importance of learning how the world works.

Transcription updated.

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Off Campus is a podcast that interviews PhDs or almost-PhDs from humanities fields who currently work in alternative-to-academia careers. By listening to their stories, this podcast aims to shed light on life beyond the academe, what scholarship can do in the broader world, as well as how graduate training in the humanities helps or fails to help us prepare for the path off campus. More about the podcast here: offcampuspodcast.com/

What do you think is the ideal size for a to join?

A few days ago I joined an extremely niche part of the , Fediphilosophy.org (50 users). I've been thinking that it would be nice to be a part of a larger community such as Zirk.us (3.7k users) or scholar.social (1.6k users but not taking new members). The likes of mastodon.social (248k users) seems too large and diffuse.

@philosophy @academicchatter @bookstodon @edutooters

I am chuffed to bits to announce that I have been accepted to participate in the Global Philosophy of Religion Conference on The Problem of Evil and Suffering at Waseda University in Tokyo (21–23 April 2023).

I will talk about evil and suffering in Candomblé, an Afro-diasporic set of traditions that developed in early 19th century Brazil that centers around invoking and celebrating the orixás, African deities believed to govern the lives of every human being, and the practice of divinatory rites (ifá) that can reveal their identity.

I will raise two questions still unexplored in the philosophy of religion: (i) why isn’t there a problem of evil in Candomblé? And (ii) what is the role of suffering in the worldview and practice of Candomblé?

First, I hypothesize that in Candomblé, evil and suffering are brute facts that don’t beg for an explanation so much as for a (pragmatic) solution. Second, I argue that suffering and its cessation motivate the principal practices of Candomblé, as well as its physical organization and material culture.

@philosophy @philosophyofreligion @theologidons

The journal "Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology" now has an official account on Mastodon! Follow us for new publications, podcasts and blogs related to journal publications, and other updates!

#philosophy #psychiatry #psychology #philosophyofpsychiatry

Check us out on muse.jhu.edu/journal/164

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