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Andrea Borghini

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By Andrea Borghini

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    • Maps and Philosophy Created: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      One of the remarkable traits of human beings is the ability to produce rankings, classifications, taxonomies. Human life can be seen as an endeavor to group, cluster, sort out things for different ...
    • Homo Taxonomicus Created: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Some metaphysicians – the Nominalists – hold that all that there is, really, are particular entities. And when they say particular, they do not generically imply that everything is kind...
    • What Cannot Be Mapped? Created: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Can everything be mapped? Are there relationships among states of affairs or ideas that cannot be represented through a static relationship? To try and answer these questions, we shall first say s...
    • Philosophy In a Map? Created: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Philosophy is one of the oldest disciplines, with some well-established branches, schools, and theories. As such, it is a subject matter that can be fruitfully mapped. In this article I look at dif...
    • Boundaries and Philosophy Created: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Boundaries are quirk entities. Their existence depends on the existence of spatially extended entities: if there were no extended entities, there would be no boundaries and boundaries exist only as...
    • How to Read Philosophy Created: Sunday, August 28, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      What is specific about philosophical reading? Which tips and guidelines can you follow to improve your understanding of philosophical texts? How to use philosophy books to enhance your philosophica...
    • Arguments Against Relativism Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      A discussion of arguments against relativism, including concepts of truth, cultural perceptions, and more. Follow the links for further online readings." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • Best Philosophy Jokes Created: Sunday, April 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      There are plenty of hilarious philosophy jokes out there, some of which could easily be incorporated as teaching materials, both for children and adults." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • The Self Created: Sunday, January 22, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The idea of a self plays a central role in philosophy. Three main types of views of the self are explored in this brief introduction." itemprop="description">"description" Wednesday, December 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Liberalism's core values are expressed in terms of individual freedom and equality, democracy, capitalism, freedom of religion, and human rights." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"...
    • Ethics Created: Sunday, October 09, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Ethics is one of the major branches of philosophy and an ethical theory is part and parcel of all philosophies broadly conceived." itemprop="description"><...
    • Ancient Greek Philosophy Created: Monday, September 12, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The time from which five great philosophical traditions originated: the Platonist, the Aristotelian, the Stoic, the Epicurean, and the Skeptic." itemprop="description" Tuesday, March 01, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Literally it means “love of wisdom.” But, really, philosophy begins in wonder. So, what characterizes philosophical wonder? How does one achieve it?" itemprop="r="$zTP='t3'" --> itempro...
    • René Descartes (1596-1650) Created: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Descartes revolutionized scientific methodology, established a new conception of human nature, and linked algebra to geometry, among a host of other things." itemprop="desczTP='t3'" --> itemprop="d...
    • Skepticism Created: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Skepticism is precisely the attitude of doubting the reliability of one’s sources. Learn about the history of skepticism and the contemporary responses." itemprop="de"$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop=...
    • Voltaire (1694-1778) Created: Friday, January 27, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Voltaire’s writings are most famous for their advocacy of the autonomy of the individual and the State with respect to the church.
    • Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) Created: Sunday, October 23, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      One of the most influential political theorists of Western philosophy. "The Prince" shook the European conception of government at its foundations.
    • Philosophy and the Systematics of Storms Created: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014
      Philosophers are typically intrigued with understanding the structure of reality and the ways in which humans may get it wrong. This is indeed the goal of those vested to study metaphysics and epis...
    • Philosophical Quotes on the Sublime Created: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      The word "sublime" is rarely employed in today’s parlance. It had, however, its moment of glory in seventeenth and eighteenth hundreds, especially in Great Britain. The seventeenth hundreds s...
    • The Paradox of the Sublime Created: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      While we are drawn to experiencing the sublime and we value it for its aesthetic worth, such an experience is also mixed with negative pleasures and negative feelings. For instance, looking at the ...
    • The Picturesque Created: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      The picturesque is an idea of importance to aesthetic theory. It stands in contrast to the idea of beauty as well as to the idea of the sublime. I have discussed the comparison between the three id...
    • The Beautiful, The Sublime, and the Picturesque Created: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      The beautiful, the sublime, and the picturesque are three key concepts in aesthetics and philosophy of art. Together, they help mapping the variety of aesthetically significant experiences. The dif...
    • The Sublime Created: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      The word "sublime" is rarely employed in today’s parlance. It had, however, its moment of glory in seventeenth and eighteenth hundreds, especially in Great Britain. The seventeenth hundreds s...
    • Empiricism Created: Saturday, December 24, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      Empiricism is the philosophical stance according to which the senses are the ultimate source of human knowledge. It rivals rationalism according to which reason is the ultimate source of knowledge....
    • Three Questions for The Conscious Vegetarian Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      Vegetarianism is regarded as a dietary style that is increasingly popular around the world. But, what does it take to be a vegetarian? In this article, I analyze vegetarian ideologies by rehearsing...
    • Vegetarianism Act I: Animals and Animal Parts Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      Vegetarianism is regarded as a dietary style that is increasingly popular around the world. But, what does it take to be a vegetarian? In this article, I follow up on one of three questions that an...
    • Vegetarianism Act II: Playing With Probabilities Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      Vegetarianism is regarded as a dietary style that is increasingly popular around the world. But, what does it take to be a vegetarian? In this article, I follow up on one of three questions that an...
    • Should Vegetarians Eat Artificial Meat? Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      Different laboratories around the world are at work for producing some edible stuff that is grown out of the cultivation of cells extracted from chicken bodies, such as stem cells. The cells are la...
    • Vegetarianism Act III: Devising Exceptions Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      Vegetarianism is regarded as a dietary style that is increasingly popular around the world. But, what does it take to be a vegetarian? In this article, I follow up on one of three questions that an...
    • Simplicity and Economics Created: Friday, January 17, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014
      Simplicity has been a powerful ally of business people and of successful civilizations. Simple inventions, such as the wheel or the yearly rotation of crops within fields, have gone far in securing...
    • Simplicity, Computation, and WikiLeaks Created: Friday, January 17, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014
      Simplicity is, in most occasion, relative. To a bodybuilder, it is simple to lift a two hundreds pounds weight, while to a child it is almost impossible. To swim may be simple, if you are trained, ...
    • Simplicity in the Natural Sciences Created: Friday, January 17, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014
      The idea of simplicity has played a key role in the development of scientific hypotheses and theories. Depending on the perspective of the researcher, and more broadly on the historical framework, ...

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