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Graphing the history of philosophy. A close up of ancient and medieval philosophy ending at Descartes and Leibniz If you are interested in this data set you might like my latest post where I use it to make book recommendations.

Graphing the history of philosophy

This one came about because I was searching for a data set on horror films (don’t ask) and ended up with one describing the links between philosophers. To cut a long story very short I’ve extracted the information in the influenced by section for every philosopher on Wikipedia and used it to construct a network which I’ve then visualised using gephi It’s an easy process to repeat. It could be done for any area within Wikipedia where the information forms a network.

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). The Greek stoic philosopher Epictetus said, “Philosophy’s main task is to respond to the soul’s cry; to make sense of and thereby free ourselves from the hold of our griefs and fears.” Like religion or sports, there isn’t one right school of philosophy to follow, the same way there isn’t one way to exercise or practice faith. Philographics — Genis Carreras.

Philographics Philographics is a series of posters that explain big ideas in simple shapes.

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. 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. The Realm of Existentialism, Minds of Existentialism, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Existential Psychology, Quotes by Philosophers, Existential. Candyland and the Nature of the Absurd. Candyland and the Nature of the Absurd Sartre and Camus told everyone that their falling out was over politics, but really it was mostly over Sartre evoking "radical freedom" one too many times at game night.

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] Unity of opposites is the central category of dialectics, and it is viewed sometimes as a metaphysical concept, a philosophical concept or a scientific concept.

Coincidentia oppositorum[edit] See also[edit] References[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. Instead of a closed universe that is winding down deterministically from an initial state of high information, we find the universe is open and increasing information indeterministically. An open indeterministic universe with increasing information suggests three testable philosophical ideas: a model for free will and creativity that may satisfy determinists and libertarians a value system based on fundamental creative processes in the universe an epistemological explanation of knowledge formation and communication.

All three ideas depend on understanding modern physics, cosmology, biology, and neuroscience. All three have strong connections to information science. If these ideas are accepted, they could change some well-established philosophical positions. Man is Free. For Teachers. The Hermeneutic Circle. The concept of the hermeneutic circle is a difficult concept to grasp.

The Hermeneutic Circle

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.