Theory vs. Hypothesis vs. Law… Explained! René Descartes and Teresa of Ávila: One of Descartes’ most famous ideas was first articulated by a female philosopher — Quartz. “There are two kinds of propaganda,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1958 in Brave New World Revisited, a retrospective on his famous novel: rational propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with the enlightened self-interest of those who make it and those to whom it is addressed… (in other words, arguments couched in facts and logic) …and non-rational propaganda that is not consonant with anybody’s enlightened self-interest, but is dictated by, and appeals to, passion.
This latter kind, Huxley went on. Ihminen luottaa tunteeseen, tiede järkeen. The Point Magazine. Dear Aristotle, My son came home for Christmas from his freshman year of college with his head full of new ideas.
One of them has driven a wedge in our holiday feasts: the issue of eating animals. We’ve always enjoyed burgers, roasts, ham and turkey during the Yuletide season. But not only does my son refuse to partake of the hard labor of his poor mother, he also glares at all of us during dinner like we’re committing some kind of crime. Last night, he told us that cows were beautiful creatures that deserve our respect. . – Fed Up in Indiana Dear Fed Up in Indiana, The function of an animal is to serve the needs of human beings. Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. A beef steer is about 750 pounds; a butcher pig is about 400 pounds. My father has been very sick for quite a while, and has put quite a lot of strain on me and my sister to care for him. Dear Guilty, Your daughter’s innocent complaint about your aged father’s “dry kisses,” gets to the heart of one of your misconceptions.
EMT - Texts. Below is a full list of the texts available on this site, arranged chronologically by author.
To download the texts themselves, click on the author's name. (Selecting the author from the drop-down menu on the right has the same effect.) Teaching philosophy to children? It's a great idea. Recently I’ve seen a spate of articles along the lines of "what philosophy can do for you", focusing on the high results that philosophy students score on standardised tests, the marketability of philosophical skills, and the impressive earning potential of philosophy graduates.
I’ve even seen pitches like: "If you want to succeed in business, don’t get an MBA. Study philosophy instead. " I find this strange, because career advancement and commercial success are the most peripheral of the benefits of philosophy. In my university days, still uncertain of my future directions, I came across an unforgettable quote by Alex Pozdnyakov, a philosophy student on the other side of the world: “I have this strange phrase I use when people ask me why I chose philosophy. I tell them I wanted to become a professional human being.”
Perfect, I thought. Since then, training in various jobs has made me into various kinds of professional, but no training has shaped my humanity as deeply as philosophy has. Spurious Correlations. How to study philosophy as an amateur. Every once in a while, someone who has read the comic emails me, wondering how to get into philosophy outside of school.
This should be a subject that I have some expertise in, since I never took a single philosophy class in college, and I am apparently knowledgeable enough to make a philosophy-themed webcomic, at the very least. But responding always leaves me a bit disconcerted, like I've given terrible advice, because what people typically ask for is a book recommendation as an introduction to a specific philosopher. While I usually know which book is the best place to begin for a given philosopher, it's very strange to tell someone to just read something like Either/Or, or god forbid Being and Time without some sort of preparation.
So this blog post is my official explanation of how to learn philosophy outside of school, in your own free time. So I am proposing a new principle: The Principle of Science. Context is king. Works which require little to no context: YouTube in general. Wireless Philosophy.