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, rather than reality (or knowledge thereof) existing… Continue reading Philosophy in 500 #5 – Dialectical Materialism
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
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
Philosophy of emotion is a fascinating area of the discipline. I had never heard of it, and only ever considered emotion from a psychological perspective (i.e. where various emotions occur in the brain – don’t ask… I’ve forgotten), before my university began running it as a module this academic year. I suppose, somewhat naïvely, I… Continue reading How can public grief be false? Tweeting crocodile tears.
In many ways, there is little more to be said about this book than the eight word review on the front cover from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – “Everyone who eats flesh should read this book”. With all due respect to Hugh, though, that doesn’t make for an exciting post, so I’ll try to drag it out… Continue reading Book Review #1 – Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
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
... The spectre of Plato’s Café. Welcome to Plato’s Café, and thank you for coming. Would you like to try the Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Hegel? Or a Plate o' Fish and Chips? We have a dessert with Kant-aloupe melon, Anscombe other fruit in it too. Or, perhaps, just a cup of tea and some Hobbes-nobs?… Continue reading A spectre is haunting WordPress…