“Enlightened” Philosophy in Paris

By Jon|June 27, 2016|Personal, Philosophy, Travels|

  What you see in the photo above and below is the Pantheon, originally the church of St. Genevieve, the patroness of Paris. In the French Revolution, it was gutted and made into a temple of Reason, that is, a symbol of the new patroness of Paris, who rejected religion as superstition and envisioned humanity itself as the purpose of its existence – aided by science – and redefined as modern science.

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How to Set Yourself or Others Up for Success

By Jon|April 16, 2016|Philosophy, Quotes|

    “Virtue, then, being of two kinds, intellectual and moral.. for it was not by often seeing or often hearing that we got these senses, but on the contrary we had them before we used them, and did not come to have them by using them; but the virtues we get by first exercising them [habit], as also happens in the case of the arts as well. For the things

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“Don’t Judge!” ….Can We Judge Intentions?

By Jon|March 23, 2016|Philosophy|

(Just a note, I am writing this article partly for my own benefit and so, please don’t ‘judge’ it according to full academic standards. That’s not my purpose here; it is, however, to speak philosophy in layman’s terms) “Don’t judge!” We’ve all heard it, but what does it mean, and why do people say it so often?  I think what is usually meant, is something to the effect of “don’t presume

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Aquinas’ Commentary on Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics

By Jon|February 23, 2016|Commentary of Aquinas on The Posterior Analytics of Aristotle, Philosophy|

My Translation   Latin Different colors are different premises. Bold words were not known on first read. Italics are questions My Translation (for the purposes of studying) [brackets] = implicit idea made explicit [correction] = amendation to my translation. Dominican English followed by Concept Sicut dicit Aristoteles in principio metaphysicae, hominum genus arte et rationibus vivit: in quo videtur philosophus tangere quoddam hominis proprium quo a caeteris animalibus differt. Alia enim

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Head Transplants and Stuff Like That

By Jon|May 7, 2015|Empirical Science, Philosophy|

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be another person or “in their shoes,” you may have that option in the relatively near future. In February a head transplant procedure was announced, and now it has its first volunteer, despite the prediction that the operation will be ‘worse than death.’ Valery Spiridonov will bring take the debate from the hypothetical to the real. The 36-hour operation requires 150 doctors

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You Are Able To Maximize Your Happiness Now…So Why Don’t You?

By Jon|March 25, 2015|Empirical Science, Philosophy|

Have you ever felt like you have so many choices to review that there’s no way you can ever choose and now you are paralyzed? You wish you didn’t have to choose. But at the same time, you would never choose to have less options. We all think that having options is better than not having options because it gives us the potential to create our future as we see it best – if we

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Porn…and Metaphysics?

By Jon|February 27, 2015|Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

Besides recent events in Chicago, this video has been making rounds on the internet: It’s interesting to see how most people today need and require physical experience or demonstration before believing something, when knowledge about a things nature is a suitable guide. Modern science alone doesn’t give us incorrect data, in fact its quite reliable. But if it is seen as the only way to truth, it will inevitably give us an incomplete

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Happy Feast of Thomas Aquinas!

By Jon|January 28, 2015|Catholicism, Philosophy|

A few of my favorite short quotes before you post yours: Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. (The people in the present aren’t the only one who get a vote if we’re talking

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In The City Or Country – Hipsterize The Rest of This Advent or Lent

By Jon|December 20, 2014|Philosophy|

What is it about nature that is so appealing to some people and unattractive to others? When it comes to any of the activities like farming, camping, hiking or mountain climbing, we find that many people in the country wish they could live in the city and many who live in the city wish and long for the country. And there are those who wish to stay right where they

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Make the Most of the Good Stuff at Thanksgiving and Beyond

By Jon|November 29, 2014|Culture, Philosophy|

At Thanksgiving, we are fortunate enough to celebrate in the United States by eating lots of food…good food. We remind ourselves of what we really have by bringing it all out…not just food, but family and friends. But there is space for an analogy here with two major moral worldviews. Let’s assume for the sake of it, that Thanksgiving Day is the last day of your life. Everyone prefers certain foods

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