Photo of an aged bronze statue of Confucious
Classical Philosophy

The Pedagogy of Confucius

July 5, 2017

Almost everyone is familiar with the name Confucius, but not as many are familiar with the impact his philosophy has made on the world at large. Confucius’s concepts of how life should be experienced, the dynamics between citizen and government, the structure of family, and his views on how to operate in an increasingly turbulent society remain relevant hundreds of years after his death. They formed the philosophical backbone of East Asian civilization as well as influencing the Western world in innumerable ways […]

Man sitting at the dock in twilight, thinking about the meaning of life. Lake, headland with church and hills in the background
Philosophy

The Meaning of “The Meaning of Life”

April 22, 2017

When asking the question “What is the meaning of life?”, you may want take a step back, reflect and begin by asking, “What is meant by the phrase ‘the meaning of life’”? […]

Classical Philosophy

What Was Greek Philosophy Before Socrates?

April 21, 2017

Greek philosophy is divided into the period before and after the life of Socrates. Starting with the Ionians, the earliest philosophers are now known as the “Presocratics”. The question is, what was their role in defining Western Philsophy as we know it today? […]

Classical Philosophy

Socrates, Alcibiades, and Ambition

March 4, 2017

By Robert C. Bartlett, Ph.D., Boston College To begin to understand Socrates, it is best to consider how Plato presents Socrates as a teacher. The most […]

Applied Philosophy

Why Do Scientists No Longer Study The Soul?

February 9, 2017

Despite its immense importance over the millennia, there is one concept not found in contemporary science or philosophy of mind: the concept of the soul. Why are problems of mind and body still with us, both philosophically and scientifically, while contemporary scientists and philosophers have nothing to say about souls? This lecture considers the history of that vanished concept. […]

"The Triumph of Death" - Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c. 1562. Located in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
Philosophy

Does Evil Have a Purpose in Life?

January 19, 2017

By James Hall, Ph.D, University of Richmond What is the purpose of evil? Why does it exist? The most widely cited theodicy for human evil relies […]

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