Parmenides- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (5)

Life Parmenides was born, it is thought, around 515 BCE in Elea. It was believed that an old Parmenides actually taught a young Socrates, although this is debated. In this article, we will look at his attempt to explain permanence in nature, and be introduced to an early problem in the philosophy of language. Philosophy…… Continue reading Parmenides- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (5)

Mythologies- Barthes on… Ornamental Cookery

Modern depictions of food are concerned more with artifice and ideology than with genuine potential as food to be eaten. Food in our magazines and on television isn’t ‘real’ food. This is what Barthes concerns himself with in Ornamental Cookery. He explains how food in contemporary culture as been given an artificial reality to repackage…… Continue reading Mythologies- Barthes on… Ornamental Cookery

A fundamental theory of the self

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

Are thought and experience philosophically compatible?

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?

A deeper understanding of the narrative form

The word ‘narrative’ comes from the Latin word ‘narrativus’, meaning ‘to tell a story’. That is exactly how we come to understand what a narrative is- a linear description of a series of events, usually with a standard beginning-middle-end form. However, what is worth considering is what the need for narrative says about the human…… Continue reading A deeper understanding of the narrative form

Where does the world stop, and identity begin?

How far is it true that an experience of the world is really just an experience of the self? As I have explored previously, the world of phenomenology has taught us that our perceptions have limits as to how far they can truly represent the world as the world is to us. The reason for…… Continue reading Where does the world stop, and identity begin?

Existentialism and Humanism- Jean-Paul Sartre

Before discussing the text, I want to give a little background about what existentialism is, and how it led to what Sartre believed. This will help us to understand the text far better. First of all, we will discuss Kierkegaard, who was possibly the most important name in the field of existentialist philosophy. Kierkegaard took…… Continue reading Existentialism and Humanism- Jean-Paul Sartre

Can modern art bridge the gap of the subject/object divide?

One issue which has puzzled philosophers for hundreds of years is that of ‘other minds’.  Thomas Nagel made this puzzle iconic in modern philosophy with his essay ‘what is it like to be a bat?’. In this paper, he points out the problem of the subject/object divide. I, the experiencer, am the subject; my experiences are…… Continue reading Can modern art bridge the gap of the subject/object divide?