6 Philosophical Quotes or a Snack for the Mind

Last week I wrote a short article about my first thoughts on ethics. Today I thought - why not publish some philosophical quotes. We love them, don't we! Short snippets of wisdom during our busy everyday lives. So here goes, this is the first article where I try it out and who knows, maybe it …

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First Thoughts on Ethics

Having finished a roughly 1-month long study module on ethics and fully realising that I am only scratching the surface, I decided to summarise and share my first thoughts on this vast discipline known also by the name philosophy of morality. Like many of us, I too already had some views on certain moral questions and …

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Need for Meaning of our Symbolic Self

"He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How."Nietzsche image from pixabay When you land on my blog's first page you can read a description about how humanfactor.blog was born and what are my fundamental ideas underlying its content. The very first thing you read there is the following: "We humans …

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To Remember or to Forget?

This last article in 2019 is about memories. More specifically, the value and meaning of memories. As the old song tells us "Some dance to remember, some dance to forget". A book that I read recently made me think about the following questions - if you did or witnessed something awful and then for whatever …

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Miracles – should we believe in them? (and is this the right question to ask)

Christmas time in the air, it was very fitting that my last philosophy course essay topic was on miracles. It was in the context of the philosophy of religion and focused on the questions of what do we understand by miracles and should we believe in them. image from pixabay While working on the essay …

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Philosophical Argument – how to evaluate its quality?

In the last article I briefly described what a 'philosophical argument' means. This article continues on this, so far, short series and looks at how we can assess the quality of an argument and what it means to say that an argument is valid or sound. As often is the case, it starts with some …

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Philosophical Argument – what is it?

In this article, I would like to explore what is a philosophical argument and what it is made of. It is worth clarifying that by 'argument' I do not mean an angry exchange of accusations or any other type of emotionally heated conflict. So, for starters, we should be clear about what philosophical argument is …

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Maturity

When are you mature? What does it mean - to be mature? Does it happen automatically as you grow older? I think maturity is not directly linked to your age. We all can think of at least one example when an adult is acting like a child and a young person seems to have an …

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Be Ready to Drop Your Assumptions

This last weekend I was working on my first academic philosophy writing, an essay on Hume's views of the "self". He was a convinced empiricist and was sceptical about rationalism and its assumption that we can know things based on and thanks to our reason alone. Hume thought that the only way we can develop …

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Getting Our Assumptions Clear

Recently I had an interesting conversation over lunch with a few colleagues, all of us with many years of experience in the same industry. Initially it all went the usual way - we complained about the lack of demand for our products and how the clients didn't understand the real value of these products. The …

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