Tag Archives: Aristotle

The evolution of the scientific method.

Empiricism, the idea that sensory experience is a source of knowledge, is ancient.  People have obviously learned through sensory experience as long as there have been people.  Studying the night skies gave ancient humans insight into the flow of the … Continue reading

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Visualization of ancient cosmological models

Just to keep the discussion of the posts I’m doing on cosmology in context: As part of Topoi 1, Group-D, Sebastian Szczepanski and I developed software for the visualization of ancient cosmological theories. These included the 4th cent. BCE planetary models … Continue reading

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The War on Reason – Paul Bloom – The Atlantic

Paul Bloom has an interesting article at the The Atlantic, much of which I agree with. Aristotle’s definition of man as a rational animal has recently taken quite a beating. Part of the attack comes from neuroscience. Pretty, multicolored fMRI maps … Continue reading

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Daniel Dennett on free will

Daniel Dennett has written a long paper on free will, specifically taking on Sam Harris’ book on the subject.  Dennett is a compatiblist and uses arguments similar to the ones I used in describing this position and in the limitations … Continue reading

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Rationally Speaking: What virtues, and why?

At any rate, what I’d like to do here is to explore a bit more of my own preferred framework for ethics, neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics (the “neo” prefix should alert the reader that I’m not about to defend everything Aristotle … Continue reading

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The mind is the brain, and why that’s good

Mind body dualism is the theory that mind and matter are separate substances.  It’s an ancient theory discussed in various forms by philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, and theologians such as Thomas Aquinas.  In 1641, Rene Descartes put forth … Continue reading

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Comet ISON and our lack of fear

Lots of people are excited about comet ISON and the spectacular show it will hopefully provide.  However, unlike most people throughout history, most of us do not regard it as an evil omen, an attack from an angry god, or … Continue reading

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