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Rockin’ Atheism Pt. 1: The Wrongness of Aron Ra

Introduction A discussion involving Aron Ra, centered around the definition of atheism, blew up on Twitter the other day.  Generally, it is not a discussion I tend to get involved in.  That is not to say that I have not got into discussions about how it is defined, it is just to say that for…


Ontology and the things we lack… (lacktheism or rocktheism?)

I often ask people, ‘What things are defined just by what they lack?’ – interestingly there are very few answers to this, but feel free to shoot some over and I’ll add them to the article. The reason I ask this is largely because of commonly heard, ‘atheism is only a lack of belief in…


Justice – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C04

What is Justice? (e.g. is it simply fairness?)Cardinal Virtue / First Virtue of Social institutionsKantian Justice – The preservation of human dignity, respecting a person as ends in themselves rather than a means to an end.Rawlsian Justice (aka Distributive Justice) – The fair and equal distribution of goodsThis includes more than just physical goodsRightsProtectionsEducationPlatonic Justice…


Legitimacy – Fresh AiR -S02:E05:C03

What is LegitimacyIn simplest terms this is a justification of validity, but how does that apply to politics?Theories of LegitimacyThere is no legitimacy: political Legitimacy implies the right to use violence and the idea that some are worth more than others. This is immoral and untrue and thus itself illegitimate.Legitimacy by force and power: those…


Is it rational to form beliefs based on testimony?

Introduction When the word testimony is brought up most people’s minds will immediately be brought to a court room scene, or to someone bearing witness to some religious experience.  A witness in the box stands in front of the court and gives their eyewitness testimony as part of the evidence for either the prosecution or…


Obligation – Political Ethics – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C02

Obligation – Political Philosophy Chapter 2 We continue our second multi-chapter epiosode with a walk down Obligation. At the start we say we are going to be covering legitimacy and obligation, however we ran out of time, so will be covering off legitimacy next week. So what’s in this weeks episode? The key aspects, but…


Does Morality Have a Purpose?

Morality is the principles of good/bad right/wrong behaviour, but what is the purpose of these rules? To answer this question we have to look back and consider how morality came about, and how it served us in the past. We will also have to examine moral theories, past and present, to see how they work…


An Intro to Political Ethics – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C01

What is Political Ethics? We ask the question tonight, ‘What is Political Ethics’ and discuss topics such as: Why is Morality important (to all parties)Legitimacy (covered in a later chapter)Perception of VotersDo all parties act in accordance with their moral compass at all times? We also cover off our what chapters to expect in the…


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Is it Solipsistic in here, or is it just me? Idea & Art by Kriss If you like our comics we think you’ll love the Fresh Air Podcast


On Morality: Subjective vs Objective – A Discussion – Fresh AiR – S02:E04

Subjective? Objective? Something Else? It is common to hear many reduce morality to it either being subjective or objective, but how accurate is that? Are people defining these terms properly? Are there correct definitions for the context? If one part of morality is subjective, does that make it all subjective? Well, tonight these two atheists,…