Socrates: The founder of western philosophy never wrote a thing?

Socrates is one of the most recognized philosophers of all time. Born in ancient Greece,  he is the founder of western philosophy, which shapes the study in ways even today.  He led an interesting life that led to death as a martyr for his beliefs. In this relatively short post, I’m going to give a […]

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What is “Alas”?

Alas, how many times have you seen this word? Odds are, if you’ve studied anything up through Shakespeare, you have seen this woeful word. And no, it’s not just there to help Shakespeare maintain his iambic pentameter or whatever else. Today I will help you understand the meaning of this word, where it came from, […]

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Jealousy vs. Envy

There’s a subtle difference between jealousy and envy. They are not synonymous. They are two separate emotions and both, frankly, suck. And we’re also not talking about the LG phone, Envy, but we WILL see if the name makes sense with what it is! Plus, you’ll get to hear about the love life of a […]

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What is Middle English?

It’s hard to find a concise yet definitive account of “Middle English” online. The Wikipedia entry has glaring gaps, omitting sections such as the Great Vowel Shift and not illustrating what the “thorn” is. This post will help you get a better grasp of your Chaucer through your Malory (whom I’ll be studying shortly), and […]

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“I Think, Therefore I am” Confused: What does this Phrase Mean?

We have all heard this phrase in some form or another but even when I, myself, tried typing this little sentence into google to see what would come up, I was surprised to see that no one could give an explanation that wasn’t lengthy or straightforward. So I’m going to try my hand at explaining […]

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Idealism, Materialism, Monism, Dualism: More -isms than you can handle!

Idealism and materialism are two opposite ways of looking at the universe. These ideas take the most  basic concepts we can possibly think of and turn them on their ends.  So without further ado, let’s dive right into these concepts. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to cover a little bit of background information before we […]

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May vs. Might

Like most of my posts, this one originated from a conversation. I said might or may (I forget which now), stopped and tried to correct myself. But then I realized that I might have been correct the first time. So I went on an expedition to find the meaning of might and may and am […]

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Thou, Thee, Thy, Thine & Ye: Shakespearean English

Almost everyone reads at least one work of Shakespeare in his or her life. Heck, you might be even be studying one of his works now! Shakespeare used a form of archaic English in his works that can be at times confusing, irritating, and downright silly. The words that I will discuss today are the […]

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Metaphysics: The study that can’t be studied

We take some of the most basic things for granted like the concept of our own conscience, beleif in god, or our own free will. Metaphysics is the main branch of philosophy that deals with these concepts. Come see what this awesome field of philosophy has to offer in (un)Enlightened Philosophy's first blog post!

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