Spreading the Word: Philosophy of Communication

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you 2 videos on philosophy of communication. The first one is a useful short introduction into the main thoughts of a 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein about language and the meaning it is used to convey. I recommend you watch this video first and then proceed …

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Philosophical Essay on Philosophy (Part II)

In the first part of this essay, I explored what philosophy is for me, what is its meaning and value. Now it is time to address one of the most frequent objections to philosophy: namely, that it is something too abstract, too theoretical, impractical, and, therefore, useless. Here we go! Image reference below (1) First, …

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13 Philosophical Quotes – May Edition

On this first day of June I look back at what I have read last month. Here it is - the May edition of selected philosophical quotes. April selection is available here. The goal stays the same: take my recent readings, select a bite-size amount of philosophical quotes that resonate with me, publish them here …

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Philosophical Essay on Philosophy (Part I)

Having finished one year`s course in philosophy, here is a question I asked myself last weekend - what is philosophy for me? It is a state of mind and an approach to life, I responded to myself. Having an engaging dialogue with oneself is completely acceptable in philosophy. Deep, broad and well-argued thoughts are welcome. …

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Sometimes We Need to Shift Focus

It is fascinating how our minds work. They make connections between seemingly unrelated pieces of information and turn them into original, interesting insights. Afterwards, it can be impossible to explain where you got that great idea from! That`s how creativity works and that is where the roots of our deepest knowledge are hidden. So, sometimes …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy of Human Fragility

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you an article that I saw today in my inbox. It spoke to me as it may to many others because it tells about our natural, undeniable, inescapable human fragility. The author offers snippets of wisdom by the philosopher Martha Nussbaum about how to live with …

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9 Philosophical Quotes – April Edition

With just a tiny bit of delay, here comes the April edition of selected philosophical quotes. March selection is available here. The goal is simple: take my recent readings, select a bite-size amount of philosophical quotes that caused some reaction in me, publish them here on humanfactor.blog  I am an owl from Pixabay. Here is April …

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Thales of Miletus or the First Greek Philosopher

The first ancient Greek philosopher on record, by the name of Thales, lived and pondered about the nature of things in the city of Miletus some 2,600 years ago. He is among those thinkers who will be called the Pre-Socratics (all who were before Socrates. i.e. a period of ~150 years). Also, he belongs to …

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Before Socrates – Origins of Western Philosophy (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I wrote the first part of this article. In it, I started drawing the historical background leading up to the first recorded ancient Greek philosopher - Thales. In this second part, I finish the article and bring our time journey from its last stop (­~10th/9th century BC) some 300-400 years ahead to the …

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Before Socrates – Origins of Western Philosophy (Part 1 of 2)

It is ironic, really - a man who made it his point to never write down any of his thoughts and claimed that he knew nothing is also the man who is among the most famous western philosophers. One of the "founding fathers", so to speak. I am referring to Socrates, of course. Luckily, his …

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