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Phenominalism is the theory that we can not know the true reality behind our perceptions, but only know the perceptions (or phenomina) themselves. Reality effectively exists to us only in the times and how we perceive it. I have actually heard phenominalism used once before to describe a person who is a thrill seeker, seeking […]

Posted at: June 8th, 2010 - 6:54 am - Number of Comments » 0

Social Darwinism is the theory that relates Darwin’s theory of natural selection to the human society. Behind this social theory are such ideas as the most dominant people group will rule, and selective breeding. Social Darwinism is used in an every day sense to describe any belief that the most capable (fit) will rise to […]

Posted at: June 8th, 2010 - 6:34 am - Number of Comments » 1

Socialism is the philosophical ideal of a government that controls the manufacturing and distributions of all products of labor. The idea being that everyone is treated equally as far as material, and even otherwise, allocation. This is in contrast to Capitalism; and most recently communism has been the poster child for socialism. The every day […]

Posted at: May 28th, 2010 - 9:09 am - Number of Comments » 0

The philosophical idea of will to power is that a person’s drive is the activity and mastery of power, in contrast to will to live, or natural instinct. While will to live is simply the drive to stay alive, will to power is the concept that being active and taking control is what really motivates […]

Posted at: May 28th, 2010 - 8:41 am - Number of Comments » 0

Idealism is the view that material things are not the foundation of reality, but rather ideas. It is the philosophical idea that things only exist as we perceive them, a result of our mind. The more ordinary use of the word ‘idealism’ is used to describe the views of someone who does not focus on […]

Posted at: May 11th, 2010 - 5:39 am - Number of Comments » 0

The Social Contract in philosophy refers to the idea that ‘government’ is the society created by the common will of individuals. These individuals participate because the feel it is more beneficial to associate with each other than to remain in isolation, and political authority is only valid by their consent. I find that this word […]

Posted at: May 4th, 2010 - 2:10 am - Number of Comments » 0

In the philosophical tradition, logic is the method of reasoning in a valid way. Originally developed by Aristotle and further developed by others into the symbolic logic that is dominant today, it provides a means to philosophical inquiry. The everyday use of the word ‘logic’ is very much similar to the philosophical use, thought sometimes […]

Posted at: April 26th, 2010 - 7:45 am - Number of Comments » 0

Materialism is the belief that the only thing that exists is matter. Conciousness, emotion, and other such unseen things are explainable as aspects of matter. This is to be differentiated from the everyday use of the word ‘materialism’ that means material things are all the only important things in life, though you can see this […]

Posted at: April 26th, 2010 - 6:30 am - Number of Comments » 0

Feminism is the belief that women should be treated equally as well as men. This belief of equality can take on different forms as men and women clearly differ physically. This can lead to wanting women to be treated differently than men in instances where different treatment would be more fair. Usually the philosophical definition […]

Posted at: April 26th, 2010 - 6:09 am - Number of Comments » 0

I know to myself and many others, Truth is the most important subject in any philosophical discussion. It is an incredibly foundational subject, and having a competent understanding of Truth, of what Truth is and/or can be and what others’ perception of Truth is, allows for much greater in-depth discussions and more pure communication. Truth […]

Posted at: April 8th, 2010 - 4:47 am - Number of Comments » 0