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Essay Review: Two Concepts of Rules by John Rawls
Leslie Allan walks through Rawls's seminal essay, highlighting his key defences of utilitarianism and reflecting on his legacy.

Book Review: The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
In this review, Leslie Allan explores Peter Singer's challenging case for giving up our luxuries to help impoverished people in faraway countries.

Latest Reflections

Donald Hoffman's Conscious Realism
Leslie Allan summarizes neuroscientist Donald Hoffman's version of ontological idealism in which Hoffman presents the thesis that all that exists are conscious agents.

What's Wrong with Democracy?
The rise of Donald Trump and the outcome of the Brexit vote indicate that our democratic systems of government are under stress.

Doing Good without God
Read one atheist's story about how she practices effective altruism through Kiva microfinance.

Working Towards Alleviating Extreme Poverty
Heather McLaughlin shares four straightforward and effective strategies for doing good better.

What Is Cosmology?
Is cosmology a true scientific discipline based on experimental data or just philosophical speculation?

Latest Essays


Hoffman's Conscious Realism: A Critical Review
Neuroscientist Donald Hoffman's Conscious Realism proposes all that exists are conscious agents. Do physical objects really disappear when no one perceives them?

Why I Am a Humanist – Critical Thinkers Forum Public Lecture
Leslie Allan shares how his early experiences shape his humanist outlook and how the three core principles underlying humanism illuminate the good life.

Toward Democratic Eco-socialism as the Next World System
Hans A. Baer outlines the transitional steps required for shifting human societies or countries toward democratic eco-socialism.

Can We Be Free-Willing Robots? – Atheist Society Public Lecture
Leslie Allan addresses the Atheist Society on the question of whether advances in physics and neuroscience dispel the notion that human beings possess free will.

Can Morality Be Objective without God? – Discussing Religion Respectfully Address
In this philosophical address, Leslie Allan challenges attendees to consider how objective moral valuations reflect impartial judgment and not divine commands.

Descartes's Method of Doubt
Leslie Allan examines whether Descartes's program of skeptical enquiry was successful in laying a firm foundation for our manifold beliefs.

Henrietta Dugdale – Freethinker and Suffragist
The story of Henrietta Dugdale, a leading light of the women's liberation movement in pre-Federation Australia.

Plantinga's Ontological Argument
A critical examination of Alvin Plantinga's modal version of the ontological argument for the existence of God.


Evolutionary Psychology: A Review
An overview of Evolutionary Psychology; its key theoretical underpinnings, research methods, experimental successes and major challenges.

Cosmological Theories in History
A summary of the major theories and critical turning points in the history of cosmology, from Copernicus to Einstein to Linde.

The Anthropic Principle and Cosmic Inflation
Leslie Allan applies the Anthropic Principle, inflation theory and the idea of the multiverse to the teleological argument that our universe is fine tuned for life.

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