Racism is baked into the structure of dialectical philosophy. It is by now well known that some of the greatest modern philosophers held racist views.
John Locke (1632-1704), David Hume (1711-76), Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), G W F Hegel (1770-1831) and many others believed that Black and Indigenous peoples the world over were savage, inferior and in need of correction by European enlightenment. No serious philosopher today defends these explicitly racist views but, with good reason, they continue to study the writings of these authors. In order to hold on to the philosophical insights, scholars tend to make a distinction between the individual racism and the philosophical systems.
Hegel might have been wrong for his racist writings about Africans and others, but that doesn’t tell us anything about his speculative metaphysics. Buddhism: 11 Common Misunderstandings and Mistakes. People believe many things about Buddhism that simply are incorrect.
The Doomsday Doctrine. This week we’re thinking about Nuclear Doomsday.
But why worry about a nuclear doomsday now? The Cold War is over. At its height we had thirty thousand warheads pointed at the Soviets, they had forty thousand pointed at us – but we’re each down to a fraction of that. A climate doomsday seems much more likely. For one thing, there are still enough nuclear weapons in each arsenal to incinerate the earth, cause a nuclear winter, and extinguish practically all life on earth. Because that’s one country… so far. Of course, when the United States dropped the A-bomb on Japan, we had a nuclear monopoly. Thinking Across the World. (1) The Map of Physics. There is no middle ground for deep disagreements about facts. Morality of the Tribe. How philosophy helped one soldier on the battlefield. When I attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2002-3, the leadership training was excellent.
It included discussion of the British Army’s values and the laws of armed conflict. However, I received no ethics training for the occasions when neither values nor laws would fully prepare me to make complex moral decisions in faraway fields populated by people with very different cultural norms. The then prime minister Tony Blair spoke at our pass-out parade just weeks after the invasion of Iraq. Dignitaries usually stop at every third or fourth person on parade to have a few words. Sublimation. Meaning of life.
Jungian archetypes. Archetypes are universal archaic patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious According to Jungian approach of psychology, some highly developed elements of the collective unconscious are called "archetypes".
From the classroom to the frontline – schools must be careful what they teach kids about the army. By Jonathan Parry *reposted from Dinner time at Harrogate’s army foundation college.
Harrogate Army Foundation College Facebook When you think of child soldiers, it might conjure up images of young children far away, taken from their homes and forced to take part in war and fighting, often held against their will. It may surprise you then to learn the UK employs child soldiers – about 23% of army personnel were recruited before their 18th birthday. This policy has earned criticism from humanitarian organisations – including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Trick To Thinking Clearer and Better – Personal Growth. The late historians Will and Ariel Durant spent four decades of their life studying, compiling, and writing the history of Western civilization.
The product of their efforts, The Story of Civilization, went on to fill four million words, across 10,000 pages, divided into 11 separate books. Library. Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t – and Ireland knows it. At the controls of driverless cars, on the end of the telephone when you call your bank or favourite retailer: we all know the robots are coming, and in many cases are already here.
Back in 2013, economists at Oxford University’s Martin School estimated that in the next 20 years, more than half of all jobs would be substituted by intelligent technology. Like the prospect of robot-assisted living or hate it, it is foolish to deny that children in school today will enter a vastly different workplace tomorrow – and that’s if they’re lucky. Far from jobs being brought back from China, futurologists predict that white-collar jobs will be increasingly outsourced to digitisation as well as blue-collar ones. How should educationalists prepare young people for civic and professional life in a digital age? How to improve your Critical Thinking skills: Interview with Dr. Gerald Nosich – Life Lessons.
In this article I interview an expert on Critical Thinking, Dr.
Gerald Nosich from the Foundation for Critical Thinking, who has been teaching Critical Thinking since 1977 to find out how we can improve our Critical Thinking skills. In this article you will learn: Let’s start at the beginning… Michael: What is Critical thinking? Dr. Why Study Philosophy? 'To Challenge Your Own Point of View' When did your formal education in philosophy start? I didn’t think I was going to study philosophy. I also loved science, and took out lots of books about science as a kid, and, oh gosh, I ruined my mother’s kitchen by trying to do do-it-yourself chemistry experiments.
10 Predictions About The Future That Should Scare The Hell Out Of You. Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road The future looks bright, except when it doesn't. THINKING. Corrupt the Youth: a philosophy outreach program. By Briana Toole As has been aptly noted by many working in our profession, philosophy has a pipeline problem. While minorities (women, people of color, and those from low-income backgrounds) may be well represented in undergraduate philosophy classrooms, their numbers drop substantially in graduate school, and they are even less well represented in tenure-track appointments. Existentialistball. True AF : pics. Why Plato Said Not To Slouch. The very notion of what in the ancient world defines the human being in contrast to all other living things is simple: upright posture.
The influential Confucian philosopher you’ve never heard of. This Is Water: David Foster Wallace on Life. How To Be a Systems Thinker. Allegory of the Cave. Learn Philosophy, from the Ancients to the Moderns, with 350 Animated Videos. Introduction to Philosophy/The Branches of Philosophy. The Branches of Philosophy Western philosophy can be divided into six branches that have assumed various importance over time. Traditionally metaphysics sets the questions for philosophy. Chronological List of Published Entries. If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is. Instead, we ask those who sincerely believe that it does make sense to organize our discipline entirely around European and American figures and texts to pursue this agenda with honesty and openness.
We therefore suggest that any department that regularly offers courses only on Western philosophy should rename itself “Department of European and American Philosophy.” Oxford's Free Introduction to Philosophy: Stream 41 Lectures. You don't need to go to Oxford to study philosophy.