Contemporary philosophy
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Contemporary philosophy is an expression used to designate the different philosophical currents born of modernity. Contemporary philosophy has germinated in the nineteenth century, from the Emmanuel Kant’s works. He had elaborated a theory of knowledge based on the categories of … Read More

Descartes: Discourse on the Method (1)
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Common sense is the best shared thing in the world; for every one thinks that he is so well provided that even those who are the most difficult to satisfy in anything else are not in the habit of desiring … Read More

The challenge of philosophy
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 (The philosopher, by Rembrandt.) The challenge of philosophy is considerable because it deals with central questions, such as, for example, the meaning of life, the possible history of the soul after death, the possible and desirable political organization, the place … Read More

Philosophy for Plato
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Etymologically, the word philosophy derives from the ancient Greek φιλοσοφία, composed of φιλεῖν, “loving” and σοφία, “wisdom, knowledge”, that is to say literally: love of wisdom or love of knowledge. It should be noted that the word φιλοσοφία is effectively … Read More

The branches of Western philosophy
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Philosophy is far from being a well-defined field of knowledge in the sense that the problems it confronts are of extreme variety. It studies many objects, that is why its subdivision into different branches is problematic and arbitrary. Moreover, if … Read More

Formalism and natural language in analytic philosophy
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Tradition, doctrine and method The definition of analytic philosophy remains ambiguous to the point that it has been argued that it is “preferable to speak of analytic philosophies in the plural.” It can be clarified by distinguishing three uses of … Read More

The concept of concept in philosophy
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A concept is a sum of thought, which, when linked to other sum of thought, can form a proposition. A concept is a signifier which can be expressed by means of a signifier (a word or a statement), and it … Read More

Yvon Quiniou: Misery of the contemporary philosophy, with regard to materialism
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Yvon Quiniou is a French Marxist philosopher. He published several interesting books, such as Atheism and Materialism Today (2004), Critique of Religion, a moral and intellectual imposition (2014), and especially a very useful For a critical approach to Islam (2016), … Read More

Anglo-Saxon tradition in philosophy of law
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In the United States, the influence of H. L. Hart (1907-1992) and Ronald Dworkin largely eclipse that of Kelsen. Under the term “legal philosophy”, the theory of Anglo-Saxon law closely links philosophy of law and jurisprudence. According to these authors, … Read More

Philosophy and history of Western philosophy
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(Representation of Wisdom (1635): “Sapiens Dominabitur Astris”. Free text translation: “Who acquires wisdom will master the stars.”) If philosophy has a long history, it is necessary to distinguish the practice of philosophy from the simple study of past doctrines. Sometimes … Read More

Western philosophy as a way of life
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(Jean-Léon Gérôme, Diogenes, 1860. Romantic portrait which represents also the dog (in Greek “κύων”) which gave its name to cynicism.) The philosophy was understood very early as a way of life and not just as a theoretical reflection. In other … Read More

History of philosophy
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(Famous representation of the different schools of antiquity: it is recognized, in center, Plato pointing the finger of heaven (referring to his theory of Ideas) and Aristotle showing opposed the land (referring to his desire to anchor knowledge in the … Read More

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