Man sitting at the dock in twilight, thinking about the meaning of life. Lake, headland with church and hills in the background
Philosophy

The Meaning of “The Meaning of Life”

April 22, 2017

When asking the question “What is the meaning of life?”, you may want take a step back, reflect and begin by asking, “What is meant by the phrase ‘the meaning of life’”? […]

statue of the Greek philosopher Socrates
Classical Philosophy

What Was Greek Philosophy Before Socrates?

April 21, 2017

Greek philosophy is divided into the period before and after the life of Socrates. Starting with the Ionians, the earliest philosophers are now known as the “Presocratics”. The question is, what was their role in defining Western Philsophy as we know it today? […]

Classical Philosophy

Socrates, Alcibiades, and Ambition

March 4, 2017

By Robert C. Bartlett, PhD, Boston College To begin to understand Socrates, it is best to consider how Plato presents Socrates as a teacher. The most […]

Applied Philosophy

Why Do Scientists No Longer Study The Soul?

February 9, 2017

Despite its immense importance over the millennia, there is one concept not found in contemporary science or philosophy of mind: the concept of the soul. Why are problems of mind and body still with us, both philosophically and scientifically, while contemporary scientists and philosophers have nothing to say about souls? This lecture considers the history of that vanished concept. […]

"The Triumph of Death" - Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c. 1562. Located in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
Philosophy

Does Evil Have a Purpose in Life?

January 19, 2017

By James Hall, Ph.D, University of Richmond What is the purpose of evil? Why does it exist? The most widely cited theodicy for human evil relies […]

do souls exist? - abstract image of body and soul
Philosophy

Do Souls Exist?

January 11, 2017

Do souls exist? Professor David Kyle Johnson answers 7 philosophical questions on one of the most discussed subjects in human history. […]

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