Philosophy in 500.

Philosophy in 500 #5 – Dialectical Materialism

Philosophy in 500 #5 – Dialectical Materialism Karl Marx’s (1818 – 1883) philosophy was heavily influenced by that of G.W.F. Hegel (1770 – 1831). Hegel was an idealist, which means he thought that reality (and knowledge thereof) is fundamentally more to do with ideas, consciousness, and the mind[1], rather than reality (or knowledge thereof) existing… Continue reading Philosophy in 500 #5 – Dialectical Materialism

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Philosophy in 500.

Philosophy in 500 #4 – Arendtian Solitude, Isolation and Loneliness.

Philosophy in 500 #4 – Arendtian Solitude, Isolation and Loneliness. Okay, I get that these terms don’t seem particularly complex, or in need of explanation. But hear me out. In day-to-day conversation, we might use these terms interchangeably in sentences like “He doesn’t go out much, he’s a solitary/isolated/lonely person”. If so, we’re usually referring… Continue reading Philosophy in 500 #4 – Arendtian Solitude, Isolation and Loneliness.

Reviews

Book Review #2 – The Ethical Case Against Animal Experiments

It seems strange that we are at a point in human civilization whereby a book arguing the case against animal experiments seems necessary. The general consensus among the public – and I am talking as a member of the public here, so I feel somewhat justified in saying this – is that we know experimenting… Continue reading Book Review #2 – The Ethical Case Against Animal Experiments

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Philosophy in 500 #3 – The Categorical Imperative

Philosophy in 500 #3 – The Categorical Imperative What is the Categorical Imperative? The short answer is that it is a rule, formulated by Kant in Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, that goes as follows “Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become… Continue reading Philosophy in 500 #3 – The Categorical Imperative

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Philosophy in 500 #2 – The Frege-Geach Problem

The Frege-Geach problem is an issue in ethics. Specifically, metaethics, which deals with all of the finickity bits - such as what terms like good, and right, can actually mean. It is named after Peter Geach, a 20th century philosopher, and Gottlob Frege (pronounced Fray-guh), born in 1848. It can also be referred to as… Continue reading Philosophy in 500 #2 – The Frege-Geach Problem

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Philosophy in 500 #1 – The Incommensurability of Paradigms

Philosophy in 500 #1 – The Incommensurability of Paradigms according to Thomas Kuhn. Thomas Kuhn – historian, sociologist, philosopher of science. Difficult namer of quite simple things. Kuhn believed that what constituted normal science was dictated by the current scientific paradigm. That is, the way in which science is currently being done – it’s methodologies,… Continue reading Philosophy in 500 #1 – The Incommensurability of Paradigms

Longread, politics

The Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in February 2014

The relationship between Russia and the Ukraine has been complex for many reasons over several decades (Korostelina, 2004). After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the tensions within this relationship were exacerbated by contrasting and contested identities between the Ukrainian nationalists and pro-Russian separatists (Minescu, Hagendoorn and Poppe, 2008), both residing within Ukrainian borders. Nowhere… Continue reading The Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in February 2014