Sam Harris’s Free Will, a review and evaluation

Sam Harris’s book Free Will is short, but very smart, and packs a lot of punch. He argues that the concept of free will, as it is commonly understood, is an unfounded myth. He does not believe, however, that this means we lack any control over our lives at all. Instead, he states that his…… Continue reading Sam Harris’s Free Will, a review and evaluation

Anaxagoras- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (8)

Today we have another short post, this time about Anaxagoras. Russell asserts his main importance as being the person who first introduced philosophy to Athens. He was a student of Anaximenes, and in his later life he was an influence on Socrates. He was born in Clazomenae, a costal town of Ionia, around 500 BCE.…… Continue reading Anaxagoras- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (8)

Is the rational or instinctive self the real self?

In trying to answer the question of what a person actually is, by which I mean what is essentially them, we can approach the question by asking the following- what can be taken away from a person’s identity without them ceasing to be them? Thinking back to Derek Parfit’s Teleporter thought experiment, we can wonder…… Continue reading Is the rational or instinctive self the real self?