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Category Archives: Philosophy

Philosophy on Coursera

Here is what I am taking at the moment on Coursera and I would really like to recommend these to all of you. 1. Introduction to Philosophy This course is being … Continue reading

February 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hypatia

Heladius Dignitary: The majority of us here… have accepted Christ. Why not the rest of you? It’s only a matter of time and you know it. Hypatia: Really? It is … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ibn Sina’s Forgotten Ontology

It is common to label Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) the first proponent of the Ontological Argument even though Ibn Sina (980-1037) was actually the first one to put down in … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

On the Challenge of Cultural Relativism

The Roman Skeptic, Sextus Empiricus, was one of the first to propose this theory of Cultural Relativism. The theory suggests that there may not be any objective standard for right … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Enlightenment Project

Alasdair MacIntyre’s “Enlightenment Project” is the establishment of a secular foundation for morality. That’s all.    

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sana Khawan-E-Taqdees Mashriq Kahan Hain?

You people are really lucky if you understand Jalib and this extract of his on the Women of the East.   “Ye Bhooki Nigahein Haseeno Ki Janib, Lapakte Howay Paon … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 4 Comments

On The Challenge of Cultural Relativism

The Roman Skeptic, Sextus Empiricus, was one of the first to propose this theory of Cultural Relativism. The theory suggests that there may not be any objective standard for right … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chance

There is a power that is beyond our comprehension, beyond our control, it kills us when we least expect it and rewards us when we least deserve it. It is … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Recent Gruesome Highlights

Recent gruesome highlights, staring us in the face: 1. A 45 year old widow raped in the name of honor and on the orders of a panchayat. The ‘experienced elders’ … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

What is The Republic Really About?

Note from a month ago, on The Republic of Plato Just read Bernard Williams account of the City/Soul analogy and an account of Ferrari’s reply to it. And I feel … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Where did Socrates answer Thrasymachus?

The Republic is the most controversial of all political philosophy texts. In fact, as a philosophy student and not a fan of induction, I should avoid speaking in absolutes so … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Deontology in Crito

We find in Plato’s dialogue Crito that Socrates too, like Kant, was an advocate of Deontological Ethics. The word ‘deon’ comes from a Greek word that is commonly translated into … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · 4 Comments

Metaphysics of Plato

Plato‘s early philosophy was more about ethics and the debates on ethical and moral properties that the gadfly, Socrates, would kindle in the market place of Athens with rich, poor, … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tolstoy on War

“You consider war to be inevitable? Very good. Let everyone who advocates war be enrolled in a special regiment of advance-guards, for the front of every storm, of every attack, … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Was it Moral of God to say that?

And God said to Eve: “I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Whoever teaches his daughter…

“Rather should the words of the Torah be burned than entrusted to a woman…Whoever teaches his daughter the Torah is like one who teaches her obscenity.” Rabbi Eliezer

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

You are the Devil’s Gateway

“Do you not know that you are each an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Late have I Loved You

“Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you. And see, you were within and I was in the external world and sought … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Being moral and religous

“Being moral and being religious are two VERY different things and somehow the gap between them keeps increasing.”–Hadeel Naeem

November 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

God’s Mortal Terror of Science?

“Has any one ever clearly understood the celebrated story at the beginning of the Bible—of God’s mortal terror of science?… No one, in fact, has understood it. This priest-book par … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

I Make War

“Upon this theological instinct I make war: I find the tracks of it everywhere. Whoever has theological blood in his veins is shifty and dishonorable in all things. The pathetic … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is the meaning of life and the universe?

“Mr. Langdon all questions were once spiritual. Since the beginning of time spirituality and religion have been called on to fill in the gaps that science did not understand. The … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Owl of Minerva

“The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.” G.W.F. Hegel (Philosophy of Right)

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

In me Christianity … devours itself

“In me the Christianity of my forebears reaches its logical conclusion. In me the stern intellectual conscience that Christianity fosters and makes paramount turns against Christianity. In me Christianity … … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reason has abandoned us!

“Reason has abandoned us! We are the worst victims of religious extremism in this century but a few of us stand up and ban comparative religion studies and we do … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Prometheus and Global Warming

Originally posted on SATIRE NATION:
Dear Prometheus, Being a smoke addict, I guess I should thank you. After all, it was you who gave fire to humanity. Pictured: The fruit…

September 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Have You Noticed the Role Authority Plays in Our Lives?

Mankind is inherently divided. The Discourse on Inequality by Rousseau explains exactly what went wrong in the prehistoric times that lead to a world so torn out and evil. Philosophers … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · 6 Comments

Confused is our Morality

We are an odd country. Love affairs are looked down upon and yet they are so very common. There is adultery everywhere and somehow we have an odd, inherent right … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mankind, so Inherently Divided

Our proliferation rate matches that of the microbes and since we are much more visible we create much more turbulence in the world than they do. Multi-cellular beings do not … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · Leave a comment