C. E. M. JOAD: THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF RELIGION

2020-06-29T00:17:36+01:00June 29th, 2020|PHILOSOPHY|

In discussing the need for religion, I use the words “origin and nature” deliberately, because the conjunction of these two words seems to me to mask a fallacy which it is important to bring to light. The fallacy is to assume that to lay bare the origins of a thing is tantamount to describing its present nature.

MORRIS R. COHEN: WHAT IS THE TRUE BASIS OF MORALS?

2020-06-29T00:21:03+01:00June 28th, 2020|PHILOSOPHY|

Can science be applied to the whole art of living? It is easy to see that the problems of law themselves involve assumptions as to the ultimate good of human life, and ancient Semitic jurists suggested that he who would deal with the law must meditate on life and death.

BERTRAND RUSSELL: A FREE MAN’S WORSHIP

2020-06-25T19:51:55+01:00June 25th, 2020|PHILOSOPHY|

In the celebrated essay "A Free Man's Worship," Bertrand Russel maintains that a new and deeper faith can be constructed, not faith in a theological sense but faith in the power of reason; his faith in man's capacity to create his own world through his own effort.

BERTRAND RUSSELL: WHAT SHALL WE EDUCATE FOR?

2020-06-26T15:50:48+01:00June 24th, 2020|PHILOSOPHY|

A community of men and women possessing vitality, courage, sensitiveness, and intelligence, in the highest degree that education can produce, would be very different from anything that has hitherto existed. Very few people would be unhappy.

WALTER LIPPMANN: THE MORALIST IN AN UNBELIEVING WORLD

2020-06-26T10:23:49+01:00June 24th, 2020|PHILOSOPHY|

Whilst admitting that such as he could no longer feign belief in the Christian God, Walter Lippmann sought to provide a means to deal with the spiritual rawness left by such agnosticity without succumbing to nihilism or receding into reaction

Bertrand Russell: Can Religion Cure Our Troubles?

2019-11-22T08:48:26+00:00November 22nd, 2019|PHILOSOPHY|

Mankind is in mortal peril, and fear now, as in the past, is inclining men to seek refuge in God. Throughout the West there is a very general revival of religion. Nazis and Communists dismissed Christianity and did things which we deplore. It is easy to conclude that the repudiation of Christianity by Hitler and the Soviet Government is at least in part the cause of our troubles...

HENRI-FRÉDÉRIC AMIEL: IL PRINCIPIO ASTRATTO DELL’UGUAGLIANZA

2017-08-13T12:59:44+01:00August 10th, 2017|PHILOSOPHY|

di Henri-Frédéric Amiel Le masse saranno sempre al di sotto della media. La maggiore età si abbasserà, la barriera del sesso cadrà, e la democrazia arriverà all'assurdo rimettendo la decisione intorno alle cose più grandi ai più incapaci. Sarà la punizione del suo principio astratto dell'uguaglianza, che dispensa l'ignorante di [...]