Category: Philosophy

  • Husserl Phenomenology

    Husserl was a German Jewish philosopher. Being Jewish put him at a disadvantage due to the times and the place. After gaining his Ph.D in mathematics at Berlin university, he lectured at the universities of Göttingen and Freiburg. The Nazis had him relocated in favor of his previous apprentice, Heidegger. Husserl believed that the political…

  • Humean doubt

    Kant was enlightened by Hume’s theory of cause and effect. Hume and Kant agreed and disagreed to many concepts regarding metaphysics. Hume was accustomed to believe in necessary connection. “Humean doubt” is the belief that you can not know or trust that the future will resemble the past. In contrast Kant believed empirical knowledge is…

  • Vegetarianism

    Vegetarianism is a practice that vegetarians follow, which includes a diet of vegetables, fruits and sometimes selected animal products such as cheese or milk. This is a belief that vegetarians follow with respect to different origins. There are vegetarians all around the world, they don’t share the same religion but their belief stays the same.…

  • Stealing the Pears

    Augustine considers the theft of the pears halfway through Book II. What particularly disturbs him about this teenage prank is that he did it out of no other motive than a desire to do wrong. “I loved my fall [into sin],” he writes. The pears were not stolen for their beauty, their taste, or their…

  • Personal Theory Morality

    Morality has always been an issue that I have tried with great intensity to pursue. I have had strong beliefs of what is right or wrong since I was a small child. Please don’t misjudge what I am saying – I have not always conducted myself in an ethically moral way. I have made many…

  • The Good Life In The Eyes Of The Beholder, Plato

    In the case of the Good life, what would the Good life be in the average man or woman’s function of daily life? In Plato’s theory on the good life, it rests on the idea that everything has one function, which we are naturally suited for. Why are we suited for this concept, is it…

  • Roger Bannister – 4 Minute Mile

    Doctors and scientists said it was impossible. “Man could not run a mile in less than 4 minutes! He would die in the foolish attempt. It was an impossible dream.” 24 year old Roger Bannister endured thousands of monotonous laps to prove it wrong. To date 955 runners have achieved the impossible dream accomplishing the…

  • The Purpose of Life

    Life is a big trap. As the great philosopher Hume once said that we are put on the big stage of life, being concealed from why everything happens. We have no wisdom to foretell the future, nor can we prevent those unfortunate things from happening. We are suspended in the eternal air of unknown and…

  • Free Will or Determinism?

    Some philosophers have wondered whether people have free will (the ability that man is able to make decisions on his own will) or determinism (that man is not able to make his own decisions and that everything is determined by environment and heredity). This debate has gone on for centuries with neither side of the…

  • Continental Philosophy Essay

    Continental philosophy developed on the European continent as a result of the philosophy of Georg Hegel. Hegel built onto the ideas of Kant, and argued that everything is a construct of reason. He claimed that his system of philosophy was a

  • Historical Development of Continental Philosophy’s Existentialism and Phenomenology

    To describe the historical development of Continental philosophy’s existentialism and phenomenology as a response to Hegelian idealism one must first define Hegelian idealism. Hegel thought that “…what is most real—the Absolute—is thought

  • What Beleiving Evolution Means

    Knowledge of evolution can affect the way you view different areas of life, but it wasn’t always as widely accepted (even though it is still not entirely accepted). For the past sixty years, biological beliefs, such as evolution, have been hot

  • Circular Theory – Philosophy Essay

    Life follows a circular path. That is why history repeats itself. Let’s say just for arguments sake that the big bang theory is correct. Since the big bang theory the Earth has changed its face numerous

  • Socrates, a Social Deviant?

    Socrates was indicted on two charges pertaining to corrupting the youth and introducing new religious or philosophical ideals. Socrates was ordered to drink hemlock as the form of his punishment. According to

  • Plato’s Description of Forms

    Plato’s description of forms makes sense in the eyes of civilization and the process of education. If a prisoner sees nothing but shadows his whole life then he is raised to believe that life is a matter of shadows. With a proper introduction, into the world

  • Summary of Stoicism

    Stoicism is one of the most influential and important traditions of the Hellenistic world. The Stoic doctrine was taught by the first recognized Stoic, Zeno of Citium. He founded the school of Stoicism

  • Environmental Ethics: Nonhuman’s Intrinsic Value

    Does nature have intrinsic value? I will answer this question by articulating two opposing viewpoints regarding environmental ethics. A brief summary of each article and arguments against their weak premises will

  • Critical Thinking Essay

    Logic and critical thinking go hand in hand. Most of my major decisions are thought through and analyzed. I take the information I am presented with and then go from there. This is very important if my decision is

  • Drugs in a Workplace

    In recent years Illicit drug use has become more prevalent in the workplace. Consequently, many employers began administering random drug tests to ensure the full performance and efficiency of their

  • The Problem of Induction & Goodman’s Virtuous Circle

    Inferences made from a set of observed statements of fact to an unobserved statement of fact, without formal entailment, are referred to as inductive inferences. Inferences may be drawn from particular observations to

  • When Morality Should Not Be an Issue

    There is an interesting dialogue going on within the field of cultural anthropology that addresses whether or not anthropologists have a moral responsibility to defend human rights. This discussion is a result of

  • Aristotle’s Theory of Morality

    Aristotle (384 BC – March 7, 322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher, who studied with Plato and taught Alexander the Great. Aristotle believed the task of ethics was to find the highest and best good in human life. All human activities aim at some higher end that

  • John Locke Philosophy Essay

    From the philosophy of substance and cognition arrives John Lockes philosphy of language. Locke argues humans have an intellect that evolves heavly upon communication and use of language to advance our species. Ideas are the basis of all knowledge, words appropriately fit into

  • David Hume’s Moral Skepticism – Philosophy Essay

    David Hume’s Moral Skepticism – Philosophy Essay David Hume’s moral skepticism concluded that an individual’s morals are matters of their feelings about the fact, resulted from ones own experience. This was Hume’s empiricist method. Hume’s argument shifted

  • Kant’s Thoughts On Human Dignity – Philosophy Essay

    Kant’s Thoughts On Human Dignity – Philosophy Essay Determinism is a philosophical concept relating to human freedom. This concept declares that every action (including human behavior) is believed to have a cause. Every situation is therefore the outcome of a preceding