George Herbert Mead & Pragmatic Philosophy
Philosophy

George Herbert Mead & Pragmatic Philosophy

George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) is a major figure in Philosophy and (along with Willam James and John Dewey), is one of the founders of Pragmatism,…

Immanuel Kant & Dentological Ethics
Philosophy

Immanuel Kant & Dentological Ethics

One of the most influential figures on Western philosophical thought was Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), a German philosopher active during the 18th Century. Kant’s contributions to the fields…

Noam Chomsky: Philosophy, Anarco-Syndicalism, and Truth to Power
Philosophy

Noam Chomsky: Philosophy, Anarco-Syndicalism, and Truth to Power

One of the most significant political theorists in recent memory is Noam Chomsky. Noam Chomsky is known for his contributions to linguistics, philosophy, history, and…

What Is Philosphy?
OurDictionary

What Is Philosphy?

Philosophy (literally meaning “love of wisdom” in Greek) is the study of general and fundamental queries concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind,…

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “Democratization: theory and experience”
Comparative Politics

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “Democratization: theory and experience”

In the third chapter of the book “Democratization: theory and experience,” Laurence Whitehead looks at the concept of civil society and its relationship to democratization….

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “The Civic Culture”
Comparative Politics

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “The Civic Culture”

In the book “The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations, An Analytic Study,” Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba present a study of…

Bertrand Russell & “Appearance and Reality”
Philosophy

Bertrand Russell & “Appearance and Reality”

One of the most well-known and influential philosophers of the 20th Century was Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and…

Social Contract Theory
OurDictionary

Social Contract Theory

Social Contract Theory is a concept that dates back to the Age of Enlightenment that explores the origins of society and the legitimacy of the…

Three Dominant Conceptions of God
Philosophy

Three Dominant Conceptions of God

Classical Theism is the belief in which God is an absolute and ultimate metaphysical being. Whereas most theists agree that God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and…

Are You Bad At Critical Thinking?
Philosophy

Are You Bad At Critical Thinking?

Within every academic field and in one’s personal life, it is important to recognize when an individual is acting as a Un-Critical Thinker and is giving…

Eight Essential Habits of Effective Thinkers
Philosophy

Eight Essential Habits of Effective Thinkers

  Within nearly every field of study, it is important to be a fair in one’s thoughts and actions. By being non-judgmental towards the thoughts, actions,…

Ockham’s Razor
Philosophy

Ockham’s Razor

Ockham’s Razor is a well-known concept within philosophy and logic. It stipulates that in trying to understand something and to determine the solution to a given problem,…

Pascals Wager
Philosophy

Pascals Wager

Pascal’s Wager is a philosophical concept developed by French philosopher Blaise Pascal during the mid 17th Century. The argument is rooted in the concept of game theory…

The Idea of the “Banking Concept in Education”
Philosophy

The Idea of the “Banking Concept in Education”

The Banking Concept in Education is a concept in philosophy originally explored by Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire in his 1968 book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.”…

Government and Man
Philosophy

Government and Man

What gives government right to rule?Is it law? Or is it reason? Perhaps consent? All of these things have elements mixed in the current government(20…

Ali Shariati & Liberal Islamic Political Thought
Philosophy

Ali Shariati & Liberal Islamic Political Thought

One of the most important political theorists in Iran over the past century was Ali Shariati. Shariati was a well-known Iranian intellectual active during the…

Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi & Conservative Islamic Political Thought
Philosophy

Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi & Conservative Islamic Political Thought

One of the major figures within contemporary Shi’a Islamic philosophy is Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, an Iranian conservative politician, Islamic scholar, and Shi’a cleric. Mesbah-Yazdi is…

Bonnie Steinbock “Most Abortions are Morally Legitimate” Textual Analysis
Philosophy

Bonnie Steinbock “Most Abortions are Morally Legitimate” Textual Analysis

In the 2005 article “Most Abortions Are Morally Legitimate,” Bonnie Steinbock puts forward an argument stating that abortion is in fact morally justified in most…

Don Marquis “Abortion Is Immoral” Textual Analysis
Philosophy

Don Marquis “Abortion Is Immoral” Textual Analysis

In the 1989 essay “Abortion Is Immoral,” Don Marquis argues that abortion is morally wrong. Marquis feels that most contemporary philosophers ignore the issue of…

John Dewey & “The Quest for Certainty”
Philosophy

John Dewey & “The Quest for Certainty”

One of the most influential American philosophers of the 20th Century was John Dewey. Dewey was a proponent of pragmatism and wrote numerous works on…

Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan
Comparative Politics

Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan

One of the most influential philosophers in recent history is Thomas Hobbes, who was active in Great Britain during the 17th Century. Hobbes was a…

What Is Utilitarianism
Philosophy

What Is Utilitarianism

In the 1861 essay “What Utilitarianism Is,” John Stuart Mill defines the theory of utilitarianism and addresses the common misconceptions people have regarding it. Utilitarianism…

Ayn Rand: Capitalism and Objectivism Manifested in Atlas Shrugged
American Economics

Ayn Rand: Capitalism and Objectivism Manifested in Atlas Shrugged

One of the most significant political theories of the 20th Century is Ayn Rands Objectivism. Rand is known for promoting the philosophical idea of objectivism….