New Book: Gilson – Thomist Realism and Critique of Knowledge

By Jon|March 30, 2012|Education, Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

For those of the more academic bent, please consider reading Étienne Gilson' book “Thomist Realism and the Critique of Knowledge” (Réalisme thomiste et critique de la connaissance, Vrin, 1939.). As my friend said, it's “drop everything” good!  Here's a related video: I will try to make shorter more distilled posts on the topic as I read…





Explanation of the Blog’s New “Logo”

By test|March 26, 2012|Fun, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

From the left: Nietzsche, Marx, Russell, Kant, DescartesFrom the right: G.K. Chesterton, Aquinas, Cicero, C.S. Lewis, Plato I thought I would take the opportunity to explain what my bold modification of Rafael's School of Athens is meant to convey on this blog. There is nothing profound about it really. I did it because I wanted to “update” the painting to our time, instead of Rafael's time–shall we say…”modernise” it? Instead

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How Things Can Be Large and Small at the Same Time

By Jon|March 23, 2012|Faith and Reason, Philosophy|

All is relative…relatively objective that is. Whether things are small or large doesn't matter because these are descriptors. They words that we invented. Things are the size that they are despite whether we can wrap our heads around them with words whose meaning can change based on context. This sounds like common sense because it is. But you would be surprised how many people don't have common sense.Take a look….http://htwins.net/scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white 





Relevant Quote from Cicero

By Jon|March 19, 2012|Education, Philosophy, Quotes|

“True law is right reason in agreement with nature [This must be unpacked];  it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting;  it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely.  We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or

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Secular Humanism Gathers: Reason Rally 2012

By test|March 16, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Theism/Atheism, to be moved|

The largest gathering of the secular humanist movement in world history will be taking place 24 March 2012 called the “Reason Rally” to be hosted at the National Mall in DC. Yes, you heard that right…”Reason Rally,” because anyone who doesn't agree with them, can be tossed the unreasonable label. Interestingly, since the French Revolution when the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris was converted into a Temple of Reason on November 10,

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Summary of the Theories of Truth

By test|March 13, 2012|Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

What is truth? I thought it would be good to take a step back and review what truth is in the most general sense. Welcome to philosophy! As simple as that sounds, believe it or not, many people disagree, and there are at least five different views on what truth is. Since every decision we make is affected by what we consider to be true, obviously this is going to

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Off Topic: Tesla Project 2006

By Jon|March 7, 2012|Empirical Science, Fun, Modern Philosophy|

Back in 2006, when I was a senior in high school I was in physics class and our physics teacher, Mr. Scott, showed us the Van de Graph generator. I thought to myself, cool…lets make one. After doing some research, I found a better version would be the Tesla coil which was invented by the infamous, but not as famous as he should be, Nikola Tesla. It is often claimed

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