This post is a summary of “From Experience to Metaphysics” by Jiri Benovsky.Check it. We’z about to go to da deps of filosofy: metaphysics. Metaphysics be about da fundamental nature of reality. It’s not that new-age crap about pyramids with eyes you see in book stores. It’s even deeper!!!!1!!!!11!1!!(I know, what could possibly be more […]Read More From Experience to Metaphysics: A Summary
Samir Okasha’s Darwinian Metaphysics: Species and the Question of Essentialism Key termsIntrinsic property: the necessary property/ies that make a thing what it is. Usually it is considered to be part of the things microstructure but not necessarily. E.g. An intrinsic property of a car is that it has 4 wheels and an engine. An […]Read More Darwin, Metaphysics, and Natural Kinds: What is a Species?
Locke’s Complex Ideas Most of what we’ve talked about so far (in relation to ideas) concerns ideas, generally considered, and simple ideas. Recall that all ideas have as their source either perception or reflection on the operations of the mind; and in the case of simple ideas the mind is always passive (II. xii. […]Read More Why Are Locke’s ‘Complex Ideas’ Easier to Comprehend than his ‘Simple Ideas’?
Due to overwhelming reader demand here is part 3 of “Dueling with Dualism”… Quick Review I know most of you have memorized most of Spinoza’s philosophy but for the few of you who haven’t and would like to be brought up to speed, here’s what we’ve covered so far: The grand argument that Spinoza […]Read More Dueling with Dualism Part 3: The Leibniz Challenge and The Nature of God
Welcome back all you crazy Spinoza fans! In the introduction entry I made on Spinoza I laid out the definitions of the key terms–substance, primary attribute, and mode–I will be using to discuss Spinoza’s arguments. Before I go any further, I’m just going to be really honest and say that sometimes with metaphysics I […]Read More Everything is One! Dueling with Dualism Part 2