The stakes of philosophy are often high. How we answer the problems of knowledge, of conduct and of governance governs our way of life for those that live according to their own philosophy. Modern philosophy has some original defect which originated with Des Cartes (1596-1650) starting it off with absolute skepticism, to which he could … Continue reading Thomas Reid: The Father of Common Sense Philosophy
What it means to be human is to have a set of limitations and potentialities and somewhere therein our short life is rooted. In there the trials and tribulations of social life happens. With social life language evolved. This natural language, of which all other artificially contrived languages arise from, comes in the form … Continue reading All Too Human
On freewill and determinism, Voltaire wrote: “It would be very singular that all nature, all the planets, should obey fixed eternal laws, and that there should be a little animal five feet high, who, in contempt of these laws, could act as he pleased, solely according to his caprice.” This captures the enlightenment's thoughts and … Continue reading Freewill and Determinism
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts, the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three the only trustworthy one is the last. -JOHN RUSKIN The History of Venice, … Continue reading Psychology and its Artistic Counterparts.
William James, in his Principles of Psychology, talks about two types of genius, the analytical genius, which are the men of science and philosophy, and the intuitive genius, which are men of poetry and music. Much of genius is how one thinks. What are your heuristics, are you going through associations by relation, contradiction, resemblance, succession, cause and … Continue reading Can Genius Be Taught?
That night Prometheus travels into the darkest corner of the cosmos and enters the gate of horns in order to meet Morpheus, god of dreams. Morpheus’s palace has no roof, its only lights shines through the roofless palace where stairs of stars darkly illuminate the night sky. He advances Morpheus’s throne made of obsidian. At … Continue reading Daedalus’ Dreamworld
“There he is,” Frank said. Frank, Daniel had learned, was the group leader. He was a retired philosophy professor. “There he is!” the woman said holding her wine glass high followed by taking a large sip. “Excuse my better half, Daniel, she’s ahead of the game here,” Percy said while pointing to … Continue reading Depth Psychology Hidden Within Greek Myth and Tragedy
I then saw a reflection in John’s eyes as he looked behind me. I turned around and saw a well dressed hulking figure with a grey beard sitting at a table. Resting on the edge of the table was a golden cane shimmering in the fire light. He had the presence of nobility and a … Continue reading The Shadow
Principles of Psychology: The Mind-Stuff Theory Evolutionary Psychology Demands a Mind-Dust. In a general theory of evolution the inorganic comes first, then the lowest forms of animal and vegetable life, then forms of life that possess mentality, and finally those like ourselves that possess it in a high degree. As long as we keep … Continue reading William James: The Mind-Stuff Theory
"There are two ways to enter the domain of philosophy. One is analytical, richly in debt to Plato and Aristotle and thereafter. However, there is another way, through dark, wise, penetrating thoughts, that seem almost atmospheric. Nietzsche is of the later kind. He was a hyper-sensitive man able to write with style. He is like … Continue reading Thus, Spoke Nietzsche
If we take science we see cause and effect abound, but nowhere in there do we see freewill around. Freewill is invisible to the eye until the eye is liberated from objective science. The Romantic rebellion cuts through the formalism of science and reason into a deeper, mysterious reality. With the Enlightenment man was a … Continue reading Romantic Rebellion in Art
The prophets of the age of Reason and the Enlightenment (Descartes, Bacon, Newton, Locke, Berkeley, the French Philosophes and Hume), brought with them that the light of experience and reason were the sole arbiters of truth. This new religion of science, this scientism, was so heavily engrained in the souls of this great achievement that … Continue reading The Romantic Rebellion in Context
“Plato’s recollection theory is his answer to how we come into contact with the abstract. With this theory we have certain capacities, but if we do not realize them, due to lack of proper education, then the soul atrophies into entropy, unable to ever see the light of Truth.” “Tell me more about … Continue reading Plato: Can Meno Be Taught
What started the Trojan war? Was it a wedding of the Gods, where the uninvited, Discordia, throws a gilded, golden apple on the fabled table, saying, “To the fairest”? Sitting there at this wedding table, Zeus wisely decides to not get involved and chooses a mortal man, Paris, to give the golden apple to one … Continue reading The Wrath of Achilles