The Question Behind Taylor Swift’s Battle

Today, I watched with interest a BBC news story. It was about the ownership of Taylor Swift’s song recordings being sold by some guy named Scooter to some investment firm. Swift is upset that she wasn’t offered the chance to buy ownership of the master recordings of her first six […]

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You are your beliefs

Who Are You? You Are Your Beliefs

Humans are belief-motivated beings, and being human, you are your beliefs. Animals and plants act, but they simply react to stimuli without an understanding of the context of their actions or why they are acting.  Humans have ideas about things. Humans have desires, form intentions, and act on their intentions […]

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Why Do We Study Ancient Greek Philosophy?

Embedded video, “Why Do We Study Greek Philosophy?”; click to view. Text Transcript of “Why Study Ancient Greek Philosophy”: It may seem odd to study thinkers who wrote over 2,000 years ago. We don’t study scientists from ancient times, don’t treat what they thought as anything more than a historical […]

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Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire on Education

Paulo Freire on Education. In a previous article, I discussed some of philosopher Paulo Freire’s views on political conflict. Though he didn’t shy away from politics, Freire was first and foremost a philosopher of education. In this article, I want to introduce you to some of the views of Paulo […]

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John Locke

Farscape, John Locke, and What Is a Person?

Since ancient times, philosophers have pondered the question of what it means to be a person. David Hume observed that we cannot say much definitively about our world because we do not have other worlds with which to compare it. (Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, 30) This is especially true […]

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Martin Buber on Encountering Others

Martin Buber on Encountering Others

Martin Buber on Encountering Others “When we encounter another individual truly as a person, not as an object for use, we become fully human.” – Martin Buber As a philosopher, my main research focus is on human relations, specifically the theory of recognition. To recognize another person is to value […]

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Am I An Individual? A Philosophical History

Are you an individual? Sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? You’re you, right? You aren’t anybody else. But it’s not quite that simple. First off, being good philosophers, we have to define our terms. What do we mean by “an individual?” There are many answers to that question. Let’s […]

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