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? […]

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Applied Philosophy

Can We Truly Know The Lives of Historical Figures?

March 28, 2017

We have a problem in everyday language when we want to talk about “what happened” in the lives of historical figures. What happened is surprisingly complicated, even when we wish to explain an event that occurred earlier today, much less the actions of a person living 2,500 years ago […]

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. […]

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