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[Thoughts] Are Life, Feelings, and Morality Logical?

Rare though it is, it is not so rare to see the question asked by naïve materialist atheists:  Is it logical to live? Is it logical to feel? 1,757 more words


Week 7: Hegel – World History




The parts of the text that are not italicized are based on notes of Hegel’s students. These parts of the text, then, are not as reliable as Hegel’s own writings. 935 more words


Week 6: Hegel – Concept of Philosophy




  1. By der Begriff, or ‘the concept’, Hegel here means that philosophy is not just a specific form of culture, but rather a form of culture in which that culture explicitly understands itself (i.e.
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Week 5: Fichte


Fichte considers the systematicity and soundness of every science to stem from the fact that it has one completely certain proposition: a ‘first principle’.  By ‘science of science as such’ (§ 1) or ‘doctrine of science’ ( 1,018 more words

Week 3: Kant – Prolegomena II (Potential Metaphysics)

Week 3: Kant – Prolegomena II


  1. (§ 15). Kant states that universal natural science contains a priori basic principles, including the principles ‘substance remains and persists’ and ‘everything that happens is always determined previously by a cause according to constant laws.’ What is the discipline that explicitly reflects on such principles?
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Introduction to the Epigraph of John Green's TATWD

Man can do what he wills, but he cannot will what he wills.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

As is the case with many German philosophers, a first reading of the quote will sound profoundly intellectual, deeply philosophical… and utterly unintelligible.

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John Green