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.
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
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
Understanding the relationship between philosophy and politics is, for me, one of the most interesting discussions to be had. So perhaps this makes it an appropriate starting point for Plato’s Café. When one studies philosophy at undergraduate level (perhaps other levels too, I never studied philosophy academically before my degree), one is often told that… Continue reading Philosophy and Politics