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Humility is the virtuous mean between something like arrogance, on the one hand, and self–deprecation or diffidence, on the other. The humble person, to put it roughly, doesn’t value herself too much (arrogance) nor does she value herself too little (diffidence or self–deprecation). Instead, she thinks of herself as she should–valuing herself, her status amongst her peers, her abilities as she ought.
Swinburne Conference at Purdue University
Recently I had the privilege of attending the conference “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne,” which was held at Purdue University from September 25-27, 2014 to commemorate the 80th birthday of Richard Swinburne, one of the most prominent philosophers of religion of the last century.


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 11 Jun 2015

Argument Diagramming Practice. Use the method discussed in class.

[1] Since I studied hard for this logic test, and [2] since I understand the material very well, [3] I will probably make a good grade.

[1] There is probably gold in Abbeville County [2] because there are many abandoned gold mines there and [3] Ransom’s geology guide lists sites in this county as places to look for gold.

[1] If students were environmentally aware, they would object to the endangering of any species of animal. [2] But the well known Greenwood white squirrel is endangered [3] as it has completely disappeared from the Lander Campus [4] because the construction of the Learning Center and new Science Complex has destroyed its native habitat. [5] Yet, no Lander student objected. [6] Therefore, Lander students are not environmentally aware.