Category Archives: General Philosophy

Why Hegel?

When a discussion group decided to take up the subject of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, my friend Charlton asked the question “Why Hegel?” No one tried to respond directly to Charlton at the time, but now, having gone through the … Continue reading

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Plato’s Theory of Ideas (or Forms)

Plato’s Theory of Ideas (TOI) or Forms should surely be something that we understand pretty well, no? Many of us remember or have heard about the allegory of the cave: Picture men dwelling in a sort of subterranean cavern with … Continue reading

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A Sceptical Defense of Rights

Amartya Sen’s 2009 book, The Idea of Justice, will, I think, come to be seen as summing up the intellectual legacy of this remarkable man. The book references hundreds of books, papers, and talks by this Nobel Prize-winning economist with … Continue reading

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GE Moore and the Cambridge Apostles

The title above sounds like the name of a rock band, but it is actually the title of a biography by Paul Levy of George Edward (GE) Moore, contemporary of Bertrand Russell at Cambridge University and mentor to Bloomsbury Group … Continue reading

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The Soul

The Soul by Adrian Kuzminski is a thoughtful examination of a perennial topic which is handled, as the author says, by a “stipulative” approach, rather than historically. He says that this style is the approach used by Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, … Continue reading

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Graham Priest’s Inclosure Schema

Woodblock print from the 17th Century (with Bridgeman Art Library Watermark) Graham Priest maintains in Beyond the Limits of Thought that most of the paradoxes that have arisen like bad pennies in the history of philosophy;  the Liar, Russell’s paradox, … Continue reading

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Vlastos on Socrates

Gregory Vlastos’s last major book; Socrates, Ironist and Moral Philosopher; was the culmination of a truly great career in scholarship. The book builds upon over 50 years of scholarly work in ancient Greek philosophy. Vlastos is revered in this field … Continue reading

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