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The History of Philosophy in an Infographic. “Let not the youngest shun philosophy or the oldest grow weary of it,” said Epicurus to Meniceus in a letter.

The History of Philosophy in an Infographic

“To do so is the equivalent to saying either that the time for a happy life has not yet come or that it is already past.” And yet, it’s not a default choice to turn to philosophy as a guide to learning to live well. Depending on your experience in traditional education, philosophy may have been one of those subjects that was pushed to the side like vegetables, either because it was too abstract or because the kind of critical thinking that’s necessary to delve into the subject is seemingly too tiring (this also applies, sadly, to science, art, and math). Philographics — Genis Carreras.

Philosophy Timeline. PhilPapers: Online Research in Philosophy. Derrida Full Documentary - Part 1. Interactive Processes. Alan Watts - What is reality. The Jean-Paul Sartre Internet Archive. “What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence?

The Jean-Paul Sartre Internet Archive

We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards. If man as the existentialist sees him is not definable, it is because to begin with he is nothing. He will not be anything until later, and then he will be what he makes of himself.” Existentialism is a Humanism Biography. Wittgenstein’s Ethics and the Value of the Mystical « Douglas Duhaime Although Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) famously declared that “ethics cannot be put into words,” ethical issues continue to pose perennial problems for philosophy, and Wittgenstein’s writings on ethics continue to earn philosophy’s interest and accolades (2005 p.183).

Wittgenstein’s Ethics and the Value of the Mystical «

In what follows, I outline Wittgenstein’s writings on ethics and briefly discuss the value his approach lends to the mystical objects and experiences in life. In his “Lecture on Ethics” (1929), Wittgenstein informs us that he means many things by the word “ethics,” including: the enquiry into what is good, valuable, or important; the enquiry into the meaning of life; the inquiry into that which makes life worth living; and the enquiry into the right way of living (P.5).

He then shows how each of these expressions is used in two different senses: the trivial (or relative) sense, and the ethical (or absolute) sense. Wittgenstein then prepares to introduce an example of a judgment of absolute value. The Realm of Existentialism, Minds of Existentialism, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Existential Psychology, Quotes by Philosophers, Existential. Candyland and the Nature of the Absurd. Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes. Dasein. 60-Second Adventures in Thought (combined) Think. The Cave: An Adaptation of Plato's Allegory in Clay. Verene - Secular Gospel. What is Time?


Religion. Unity of opposites. The unity of opposites was first suggested by Heraclitus (ca. 535–475 BC) a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher.

Unity of opposites

The road up and the road down are the same thing. (Hippolytus, Refutations 9.10.3) This is an example of a compresent unity of opposites. For, at the same time, this slanted road has the opposite qualities of ascent and descent. According to Heraclitus, everything is in constant flux, and every changing object co-instantiates at least one pair of opposites (though not necessarily in simultaneously) and every pair of opposites is co-instantiated in at least one object. Cold things grow hot, a hot thing cold, a moist thing withers, a parched thing is wetted. As a single object persists through opposite properties, this object undergoes change.

Modern philosophy[edit] Information Philosopher - Introduction. Introduction The Information Philosopher has established that quantum mechanics and thermodynamics play a central role in the creation of all things.

Information Philosopher - Introduction

This finding has enormous implications for philosophy. The Hermeneutic Circle. The concept of the hermeneutic circle is a difficult concept to grasp.

The Hermeneutic Circle

In the history of philosophy, and particularly in contemporary philosophy, the term “hermeneutic circle” has been used to refer to several different things. Those in the field of literary criticism may understand the term to refer to a process of interpreting texts such as novels and plays. More philosophy-minded individuals, especially those who follow the developments of the continental branch of philosophy, may think of the hermeneutic circle as a phenomenological approach to understanding the world around us. Why not Stoicism? By Massimo Pigliucci Stoicism has been in the back of my mind since I was very young, initially for the obviously parochial reason that it was the prevalent philosophy among the ancient Romans, i.e., part of my broadly construed cultural heritage.

Why not Stoicism?

(Then again it is for the same reason that Buddhism is very popular in India, Confucianism in China, and Shinto in Japan.) Lately, however, Stoicism has slowly moved to the forefront of my cognitive field of view, for a number of reasons. To begin with, I’ve been interested in philosophical counseling [1], to the point of having taken the American Philosophical Practice Association course [2], and having set up what is turning out to be a surprisingly successful and enjoyable practice [3]. The more I see clients, the more I gravitate toward ancient Greek philosophy, and particularly Stoicism (with a sprinkling of virtue ethics and Epicureanism) as my preferred approach to “therapy for the sane.” What about metaphysics? Like this: Like Loading...