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Andrea Borghini

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By Andrea Borghini

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    • 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, ...
    • Complexity Created: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
      Complexity is the opposite of simplicity. Theories of complexity have become increasingly central in contemporary research and the idea of complexity has been surrounded by an aura of fascination. ...
    • Simplicity Created: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
      Simplicity is and has been kept in high esteem in many philosophical quarters. A fine example of the centrality of simplicity is the so-called Ockham’s Razor. Other notable applications of si...
    • Sympathy or Empathy Created: Thursday, December 26, 2013 Updated: Thursday, December 26, 2013
      At a recent conference, Brené Brown has recently suggested that empathy is far more valuable than sympathy. The video, with a snapshot of her talk, has reached nearly one million and a half vi...
    • Christmas and the Ethics of Consumerism Created: Thursday, December 26, 2013 Updated: Thursday, December 26, 2013
      Christmas. Gift-time. The coupling is so immediate to most people who are acquainted with Christmas time that trying to render the equation by means of some numbers is beyond the point. How many gi...
    • On Being Good (for Christmas) Created: Thursday, December 26, 2013 Updated: Thursday, December 26, 2013
      Every year, for Christmas time, it is frequent to encounter people who try to achieve some sort blessed status. At least for Christmas, be good, be nice to those around you. It’s disputable w...

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