Category Archives: Philosophy at-large

The Meaning of Heresy

The word “heretic” has become synonymous with unorthodox with an insinuation of cult-like behavior. But look at the etymology of the word: HERESY – “In ancient Greek, the verb ‘hairein,’ meaning ‘to take,’ gave rise to the adjective ‘hairetos’ ‘able … Continue reading

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Long Forgotten, if Ever Remembered

Philosophers should be judged not by the quantity of titles behind their names but the quality of thought behind their ideas. It is interesting to note how most of the great philosophers in history were not in the academy, not … Continue reading

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Symbolic Thinking

Interesting story from National Public Radio that argues that our ability to engage in symbolic thinking is what truly makes us human. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129082962. I agree with the basic premise that our ability to intellectually create and manipulate symbols is crucial … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Berkeley

Perhaps no philosophy is more prone to misunderstanding and misinterpretation than George Berkeley (pronounced /barklee/). There are two problematic areas of Berkeley’s philosophy. First is that his theory of “immaterialism”—that we have no proof that matter exists—offends common sense. Second … Continue reading

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What Is Philosophy?

There are many definitions of philosophy: the love of wisdom, a system of ideas that explain the universe, thinking about thinking, etc. None of these explanations really get to the essence of what philosophy is and why people devote their … Continue reading

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