" 'Know thyself' is not just silly advice: it's actively dangerous", so reads the title of an essay from Aeon Magazine (Found here). The accusation is that you can not know yourself because you change over time, and therefore to know yourself is a mistaken notion. At most, you can only know who you were … Continue reading Does our self-image get in the way of us living our lives?
Do our lives have meaning? The idea that life is without meaning has become increasingly prominent in this modern secular world. It hasn’t merely been brought forwards by people who have rejected religion in any of its many forms, but also by the continental philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Existential movement takes … Continue reading Living an existential life, pt. 1
In the western analytical tradition of philosophy, questions of identity have long been inclined towards asking things to the nature of What persists as a person ages? Is the person I will be in ten years the same person as I now am? Is identity one unchanging self, or a succession of selves? These are … Continue reading A fundamental theory of the self
Existentialism meets the world through experience, metaphysics meets the world through the limits of experience The assertion on trial in this paper is the idea that metaphysics and existentialism are as incompatible as they are often considered to be. First, we shall define both metaphysics and existentialism. Purely for convenience, I borrow the two definitions … Continue reading Are thought and experience philosophically compatible?
To be completely free, we could simply say, is to be able to act however we wish,without any constraints blocking our ability to act and think in accordance with our volition. Taking this as ultimate, pure freedom, we must ask what exactly stops ultimate freedom from being ours. The first thing which we must accept … Continue reading On living freely
It is reasonable to argue that time is a serious consideration when building a metaphysic of the world. Each moment in life is meaningless until we attach those moments to other moments. To talk about the ‘now’ is to already place the ‘now’ moment in time. This is because we have to relate it to … Continue reading How our perception of time conditions our lives
Am I the same me throughout time?Is the ‘I’ which is me, me in and of its self, or me in virtue of contingent factors such as the previous ‘I’s one could posit me as having been? Or to put it another way, am I a single self which persists throughout time, or a series … Continue reading The Persistence of Persons- Roderick M Chisholm
"We are all children of Africa. As members of the hominin species Homo Sapiens, you and I are the product of millions of years of shared evolutionary history of life on earth". So begins an article by Patrick Randolph-Quinney in the I paper (UK 8/2/18). Although there has always been an interest in Anthropology, in … Continue reading The marvel of human intelligence and the creation of culture
The question “what is art?” has been covered by very many people, and has received very many answers. The question “how do we judge what is good art?” is a much more interesting one. When we concern ourselves with the arts, we all have opinions about what we feel is good or bad, pleasing or … Continue reading How can we judge what good art is? David Hume- of The Standard of Taste
What is there in the world, and how do we come to know what these things actually are? This problem is a lot more difficult than it would first seem. One problem we have is how we distinguish the properties of one object from the properties of another object. It seems like a simple issue, … Continue reading How can we talk usefully about what there is in the world?