How Does Romanticism Fit in with the Rest of Philosophy?

    Romanticism’s main objective is to find the Absolute, which is thought of as a spiritual entity. In its basic approach it is that feelings and emotions are the key to the understanding of a thing (especially the Absolute). It values imagination and discounts reason. It wants to eject rules and conventional thinking. Passion might be … More How Does Romanticism Fit in with the Rest of Philosophy?

Do We Have Minds?

Okay, some would say, “I have lost my mind (literally)  to even ask this question.” Or, when you hear my conclusion, “He has gone mad—mad as a hatter (Alice in Wonderland stuff). Why would I even question what seems so obvious—that do we have minds? For one, nobody has ever seen a mind. And two, … More Do We Have Minds?

Is Niceness Enough?

This is going to be another ethical post. I will explore the role that niceness can or could have in acting morally. The goal will be to answer the title question, and if it is not enough can it at least play a central role, and what else might be required. I think of niceness … More Is Niceness Enough?

Is Philosophy Poetry?

Does this question seem weird? What can philosophy and poetry share or have in common. For one thing they can both utilize metaphors, admittedly in different ways and to express different things. So, is this metaphor—philosophy is poetry—useful in any way? As a starter I decided to look at my definitions of philosophy and poetry … More Is Philosophy Poetry?

Do You Love It?

Or, at least like it? This is do you like or love what you are doing, mainly presently? “Presently” maybe the main word here because I am talking about being able to live in the moment. Hence, this post will be about mindfulness, or at least my take on it. My take on it will … More Do You Love It?

If Religion Is the Truth, Why Are Certain Believers Afraid of Science and Rationalism?

What believers am I talking about?  Mainly those of the Christian fundamentalist type. Although, I think it would be safe to include a majority of Muslims as well. Even some orthodox Jews could fall into this category. I will most often use the term fundamentalist. Fundamentalists believe in the inerrancy of their sacred texts (the … More If Religion Is the Truth, Why Are Certain Believers Afraid of Science and Rationalism?

Is Realism Real?

In this blog post I will explore what realism entails, whether or not it is a valid claim in any domain. At the moment I have in mind four types of realism: Platonic, mathematical, scientific, and artistic. Platonic realism concerns where Plato’s forms or ideas resided. The forms were considered the true reality, where those … More Is Realism Real?