Criminal Enterprises

Most cases of corporate misconduct are forgotten soon after a fine or settlement is announced, but the Wells Fargo phony account scandal seems to have real staying power. . . .

It’s been reported that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is considering criminal identity theft charges against the bank over the millions of bogus accounts and the related fees that were improperly charged to customers. The AG’s office has demanded that Wells turn over a mountain of documents about accounts created not only in California but also in other states when California employees were involved.

Source: Criminal Enterprises

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J. T. Ismael

How Physics Makes Us Free

J. T. Ismael, How Physics Makes Us Free, Oxford University Press, 2016, 273pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780190269449.

Reviewed by Carl Hoefer, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Jenann Ismael’s book is a strikingly original monograph that somehow manages to be perfectly relevant and highly engaging to both the intelligent lay reader and the professional philosopher. It shows how well done philosophy of science can be relevant for the public at large, even when treating questions that have, of late, suffered from the ravages of analytic metaphysics. The book may be more widely read inside the academy than outside, but those on the outside who read it in full will surely come away with a better opinion of philosophy than they had at the start. Ismael’s prose is beautiful, evocative, and full of helpful metaphors and analogies; what is lacking (mostly) are dry pre-packaged philosophical terms, convoluted arguments and hackneyed examples. (For example, though free will is the main topic, Dr. Black, the evil neurosurgeon, is delightfully absent.)

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Dear colleague,

 Identity Proofs are a new kind of proof for the existence of God.

 Basically, Identity Proofs argue that God is identical with something that obviously exists, therefore God exists.

 I would like to present the Identity Proofs in the upcoming special issue of Inquiry on new work on the existence of God. But rather than just present the Identity Proofs themselves, I would also like to invite you to write an article about Identity Proofs from your own specialism. You are entirely free with regard to the angle and stance towards Identity Proofs. Possible topics/angles include:

– Are Identity Proofs really new? Or are there others who already presented similar arguments?

– How do Identity Proofs relate to Kant, e.g. ‘The only possible ground of proof for demonstrating the existence of God’?

– How do Identity Proofs relate to Thomas of Aquino’s claim that ‘Deus est ipsum esse subsistens’?

– What role, if any, may Identity Proofs play in the current philosophical debate on the existence of God?

– How do Identity Proofs relate to other (e.g. classical) proofs and arguments for the existence of God?

– Is the, somewhat odd, logical form of the Identity Proofs valid?

– Is the simplicity and directness of Identity Proofs an advantage or disadvantage?

– Can Identity Proofs benefit from a more sophisticated treatment?

– Is the key-premise that ‘God is being’, of the first Identity Proof, credible, supported by scripture, mystics, etc.?

– Is the key-premise that ‘I am God’ (i.e. ‘divine union’), of the second Identity Proof, credible, supported by scripture, mystics, etc.?

– Is the idea of God being attributeless (e.g. unknowable, incomparable, incomprehensible) consistent?

– What may Identity Proofs mean to theists, atheists, agnostics, and/or ignostics?

– New variants of Identity Proofs? (I.e. alternatives for that which is identical to God and obviously exists)?

– And so on.

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