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On the Relation Between Purposivity and Aesthetic Judgments of Liking in Kant’s Third Critique

Kant’s goal in the third critique is not to give an account of the principles by which we might say something is beautiful or not beautiful correctly. This is a misconception that is easy to fall into, as it seems … Continue reading

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A Thought Experiment Method I’ve Found Helpful

Whenever I want to test my knowledge of a subject, I’ve started using the following thought experiment: I imagine myself to be designing the syllabus for a course on the topic. I imagine my audience to be high school students … Continue reading

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G.E.M. Anscombe’s Introduction to Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

Highly recommended secondary source for understanding Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. Elizabeth Anscombe was Wittgenstein’s favourite student and has translated a great deal of his works from German into English (although Wittgenstein lectured at Cambridge in English, his writings were all in German, his … Continue reading

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Movies and Shows that Explore the Problem of Personal Identity

I almost ended up doing a paper on the problem of personal identity, but ended up getting distracted by the controversy surrounding Wittgenstein’s theory of objects instead. Until I’ve worked out my thoughts on the problem of personal identity, I … Continue reading

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Animal Teleology

I was thinking about this the other day: It seems that we see a teleology in nature. So, like, birds migrate for the sake of surviving seasonal change. What I mean here is that their natural behaviour (migration) ensures their … Continue reading

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Aristotle on Time

The following explains the concept of time in Aristotle. It is a section from a larger work in progress on the subject of time.     Aristotle begins his inquiry into time by saying: To attack the subject of time … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Heidegger- Revised

In Being and Time, Heidegger inquires into the meaning of human existence. What is unique about his approach to the question is his method: phenomenology. Like Husserl, Heidegger is interested in finding the basic structures of human experience. Unlike Husserl, however, … Continue reading

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Heidegger on Modern Technology

In dealing with the topic of technology, Heidegger is concerned with a certain danger we face in the modern age. This danger threatens to monopolize thebasis upon which we understand our world, ourselves, and thinking. Heidegger’s argument is tied to what … Continue reading

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Aristotle’s Catharsis: Our Present Confusion about what Time is.

In the following, we are reading alongside Aristotle in his Physics: Book IV, Chapter 10. Aristotle begins his approach to time by reviewing the things currently said on the subject. He then shows, through argument, why each of the things said prove to … Continue reading

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Opening Remarks to a Work in Progress on Subject of Time

In the “modern” age, people seem to be saying a lot of things about time, and for the most part these are scientists who come across rather eristically and dogmatically. Although the assertions made today about time may very well … Continue reading

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