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August 02 2018

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“I maintain that truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or coerce people along a particular path.

I do not want followers, and I mean this. The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth. I am not concerned whether you pay attention to what I say or not. I want to do a certain thing in the world and I am going to do it with unwavering concentration. I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies.”

— Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1929

July 23 2018

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i12bent: Cecil Beaton: Jean-Paul Sartre, 1950

July 19 2018

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from Ordinary Finds: Herbert Marcuse (July 19, 1898 - 1979) speaks in Frankfurt in 1972 to influence the release from prison of his former student Angela Davis.

“Marcuse’s critiques of capitalist society (especially his 1955 synthesis of Marx and Freud, Eros and Civilization, and his 1964 book One-Dimensional Man) resonated with the concerns of the student movement in the 1960s. Because of his willingness to speak at student protests, Marcuse soon became known as ‘the father of the New Left in the United States’, a term he strongly disliked and disavowed. His work heavily influenced intellectual discourse on popular culture and scholarly popular culture studies. Many radical scholars and activists were influenced by Marcuse, such as Angela Davis, Abbie Hoffman, Rudi Dutschke, and Robert M. Young. Marcuse’s 1965 essay ‘Repressive Tolerance’, in which he claimed capitalist democracies can have totalitarian aspects, has been criticized by conservatives. Marcuse argues that genuine tolerance does not tolerate support for repression, since doing so ensures that marginalized voices will remain unheard. He characterizes tolerance of repressive speech as ‘inauthentic.’ Instead, he advocates a discriminatory form of tolerance that does not allow so-called ‘repressive’ intolerance to be voiced.”

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July 14 2018

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i12bent: Two of the best readers of the 20th C. share this birthday: Jacques Derrida (July 15, 1930 - 2004) & Walter Benjamin (July 15, 1892 - 1940, suicide)

June 27 2018

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i12bent: Swiss Francophone philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712 - 1778) is one of the chief Enlightenment writers. His thoughts on education in Emile are still influential, and with his Confessions he blazed a path for modern autobiography, or life writing…

May 27 2018

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May 17 2018

Experiment in Biology

[Revised entry by Marcel Weber on May 17, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Like the philosophy of science in general, the philosophy of biology has traditionally been mostly concerned with theories. For a variety of reasons, the theory that has by far attracted the most interest is evolutionary theory. There was a period in the philosophy of biology when this field was almost identical with the philosophy of evolutionary theory, especially if debates on the nature of species are included in this area. From the 1960s almost until the 1990s, basically the only non-evolutionary topic discussed was the issue of...
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July 19 2017

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@PressTV: The Latin translation of "The Canons of medicine" by renowned Iranian scientist Avicenna, 1484 CE.

February 17 2017

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“Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.”

— Serbian proverb

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May 20 2015

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May 17 2015

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【comment】 「訳あって名乗れぬ者」様へ

posted to blog.goo.ne.jp (2015年5月17日):

どうも。前回のコメント投稿が去年の4月ですか!? 他人様のブログを掲示板のように使うのも気がひけますが,久々にこのページを開いて貴兄の最新投稿を読んでしまったのはなにかの縁かも,と思いますので。

私も学生時代は哲学専攻でした。高校生の頃からハイデッガーの思想に少し興味がありましたし。21世紀の今日,日本の大学では依然としてあんな思弁哲学が有難がられているのでしょうか? 私の利用している Soup は独墺やポーランドの若いユーザーが圧倒的に多いのですが,ヘーゲルだのハイデッガーだのといった思想家の名を目にすることはほぼ絶無です。ごくたまにアドルノの名前が挙がる程度。

1990年代ぐらいまでは,西洋とくに独仏系哲学が当然に普遍的世界思想であるかのような幻想がまだ生きていたかもしれませんが,こんな幻想は9月11日の貿易センタービルと共にめでたく粉砕されてしまったと私は思っています。だいたいドイツの青年ですら,あんな学問的廃墟ともいうべき書物は読んでいないのです。

私自身は非西洋世界のことをもっと広く深く知りたいと思っています。たとえば,西洋における自然科学の発達などは歴史的にみて,イスラム世界の学術の影響なしにはありえなかったことですが,今日この方面に関して科学史の研究はどのくらい深まっているのでしょう?欧米メディアで話題にのぼる「イスラム」といえば現在でも依然として「テロ」と「女性差別」に尽きている。この種の硬直しきった知によって,吾々の思想は恐ろしく狭隘な世界に幽閉されているとは思いませんか?

「哲学」ということで貴兄がどのような勉強をなさっているのか存じませんが,以上が私の思うところです。文中,お気に障る暴言があるようでしたらご容赦を。それでは。

April 29 2015

Science and Chinese Philosophy

[New Entry by Lisa Raphals on April 28, 2015.] At first glance, there may appear to be little connection between Chinese philosophy and science. Stereotypes of Chinese philosophy as consisting almost entirely of Confucianism and claims that Confucians were not interested in science add to this perception. For example, in a recent correspondence in the journal...
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Chinese Philosophy and Chinese Medicine

[New Entry by Lisa Raphals on April 28, 2015.] According to Zhang Xichun 張錫純 (1860 - 1933), one of the leading reformers of Chinese medicine in the early twentieth century: Many recent medical journal reports take the view that [traditional Chinese] philosophy holds back the progress of medicine, but their...
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March 07 2015

The Structure of Scientific Theories

[New Entry by Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther on March 5, 2015.] Scientific inquiry has led to immense explanatory and technological successes, partly as a result of the pervasiveness of scientific theories. Relativity theory, evolutionary theory, and plate tectonics were, and continue to be, wildly successful families of theories within physics, biology, and geology. Other powerful theory clusters inhabit comparatively recent disciplines such as cognitive science, climate science, molecular biology, microeconomics,...
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February 05 2015

Postmodernism

[Revised entry by Gary Aylesworth on February 5, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] That postmodernism is indefinable is a truism. However, it can be described as a set of critical, strategic and rhetorical practices employing concepts such as difference, repetition, the trace, the simulacrum, and hyperreality to destabilize other concepts such as presence, identity, historical progress, epistemic certainty, and the univocity of meaning....
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February 04 2015

Gilbert Ryle

[Revised entry by Julia Tanney on February 4, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, imagination.html, perception.html] Although Gilbert Ryle published on a wide range of topics in philosophy (notably in the history of philosophy and in philosophy of language), including a series of lectures centred on philosophical dilemmas, a series of articles on the concept of thinking, and a book on Plato, The Concept of Mind remains his best known and most important work. Through this work, Ryle is thought to have accomplished two major tasks. First, he was seen to have put the final...
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January 21 2015

Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems

[Revised entry by Panu Raatikainen on January 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, sup2.html] Godel's two incompleteness theorems are among the most important results in modern logic, and have deep implications for various issues. They concern the limits of provability in formal axiomatic theories. The first incompleteness theorem states that in any consistent formal system F within which a certain amount of arithmetic can be carried out, there are statements of the language of F which can neither be proved nor disproved in F....
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November 22 2014

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November 01 2014

October 11 2014

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