This is a short post, and in it Russell outlines the areas of Plato he is going to discuss, whilst also explaining the thoughts which influenced Plato’s personal philosophy. He tells us that Plato was born 428/7 BCE in the early years of the Peloponnesian war. He came from an aristocratic family and despised democracy.…… Continue reading The Sources of Plato’s Opinions-Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (13)
The Atomists were a fascinating group of philosophers. We have seen the eminence of Greek scientists in various scientific discoveries in the past several chapters, but the Atomists are possibly the most surprising. Pertaining to their namesake, the Atomists built a science and philosophy around the positing of atoms to build up the world. The…… Continue reading The Atomists- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (9)
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 the context of time. This is because we have to…… Continue reading How our perception of time conditions our lives
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?
This is the second post in the series and covers the third and fourth meditations. To read the first part, which covers the first two, CLICK HERE. The Third Meditation Of God; That He Exists In the third meditation, Descartes does two things; Firstly, he takes us through a deep analysis of the objects in…… Continue reading Descartes’ Meditations, 2/3
In this post, I intend to explain Rene Descartes’ Meditations. It is one of the most important and influential books in the history of philosophy, so deserves to be understood. I do not intend to engage with the text very much, merely explain what the text is about. I shall leave readers to muse upon…… Continue reading Descartes’ Meditations, 1/3