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There is a side-conversation in the comments section of another post  discussing religious experiences and their veracity in affirming the existence of a supernatural or religious ’cause’ of such experiences. This side-conversation reminded me of the discussion of cross-checking procedures beteen Alston and Fales, and so I would like to open up a seperate post for discussion on this topic. Below is an exposition of the largest problem I see with the cross-checking procedure theory.

What I propose is that any attempt to utilize intrapersonal religious experiences in order to justify or prove a specific religious position interpersonally must necessarily fail by virtue of a fundamental disconnect. What’s more, the poverty of cross-checking when applied to transcendent religious experiences is not surprising given the very content of such experiences. By attempting to use the personal to prove the general, the intrapersonal to prove the interpersonal, the profundity of the religious experience is lost and becomes fodder for philosophical skeptics. First I shall begin by discussing the type of transcendent religious experience to which I am referring and by citing specific examples. After that I shall introduce the current discussion surrounding the veracity of religious experiences that has carried on between authors such as Alston and Fales, paying specific attention to the concept of cross-checking. From there I shall argue how, based on the intrapersonal nature of these transcendent religious experiences, cross-checking must be re-evaluated as a verification tool. (more…)

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Professor Joel Kupperman (Connecticut) will deliver the first John C. Maraldo Lecture in Comparative Philosophy on “Ethics in Asian and Recent Western Philosophy” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the College of Health, Room 1016. The lecture will be hosted by UNF’s Department of Philosophy, the College of Arts and Sciences dean and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions.

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The Department of Philosophy is very pleased to announce that Paul Carelli (Kentucky) has accepted our offer for a tenure-track teaching position at UNF. Dr. Carelli is a specialist in Ancient Greek Philosophy, with a particular interest in Plato’s moral psychology. He also has teaching interests in Asian Philosophy, Ethics, and Logic. We look forward to welcoming him in the fall!

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Last night, on the eve of Saint Valentine’s Day, I had the pleasure of attending a colloquium featuring the distinguished professor William LaFleur (University of Pennsylvania). He visited the University of North Florida and gave a guest lecture on the “Desires of the Dying: Japanese Qualms about the Bioethics of our Time”.

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Along with our hosting of the Philosophers’ Carnival and our interview with Manuel Vargas (U. San Francisco), we will be holding our first ‘virtual colloquium’ later this fall. The focus of the colloquium will be a paper by John Maraldo (UNF): “‘Non-Western Philosophy’ — Is There Such a Thing?” The commentator will be Eric Schwitzgebel (UC-Riverside). Details to follow in the coming weeks.

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… the inaugural conference of the Center for Mind, Body, and Culture will take place March 29-30. Check out the site for details.

– Rico Vitz

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Our good fortune continues. Today, we are very pleased to welcome Richard Shusterman (Florida Atlantic University) to our blog for a brief interview related to the opening of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture and its inaugural conference, which will take place this week.

FSPB: Richard, thank you for joining us. Congratulations to you and to FAU on the opening of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture. Can you tell us a little about the center: what motivated its development, and what is its purpose?

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