by Denyse O'Leary
The story goes that Socrates famously challenged the Sophists of Athens by constantly asking them "what is justice?", "what is good?", "what is right?" etc. as he was seeking the essence or nature of these concepts and not just some sophist's subjective opinion.
There are at least 24 different species concepts and none of them can be applied to all organisms that have ever lived (Hey, J. 2001).
There are different approaches towards the concept of “teleology” and in many ways it is related to a particular view or concept of “matter” and “change”.
Which for those of you who don't know what the Mad Biologist's Pentultimate Political Philosophy is, it's very simple: people have to like this crap. Recently, I upgraded to Firefox 4 and I've been having 'stability issues', although they seem to have decreased in frequency somewhat.
Professor James Behuniak Jr. (philosophy) invoked a classic word of advice to seniors heading out into the world: "Plastics." But the Senior Class Bassett Teaching Award winner's counsel came with a philosophical twist.
125 Haldeman unless otherwise specified
[Revised entry by Patricia Curd on May 16, 2011.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
The Presocratics were 6th and 5th century BCE Greek thinkers who introduced a new way of inquiring into the world and the place of human beings in it. They were recognized in antiquity as the first philosophers and scientists of the Western tradition.
(Springer) Risk and Meaning is a richly illustrated book exploring how chance and risk, on the one hand, and meaning or significance on the other, compete for the limelight in art, in philosophy, and in science. In modern society, prudence and probability calculation permeate our daily lives.
Things change. I think we can all agree on this simple fact. Max Tegmark commented that "To me, an electron colliding with a positron and turning into a Z-boson feels about as intuitive as two colliding cars turning into a cruise ship".