Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche: God is dead, and this guy killed him

Nietzsche was one of the most radical philosophers of the nineteenth century. He is famous for his provocative style of writing, which not only explains his ideas, but take the reader on a journey into his twisted and lavish mind. Credited as one of the first existentialists, Nietzsche’s criticisms on culture, religion and morality are […]

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Fate and Free Will: Whose side are you on?

In the world today it’s almost impossible to view a life in which we cannot control. We have so many options on a day-to-day basis that our choices seem limitless, but are they? It’s even been stated that the idea of free will is just an illusion. Needless to say free will is a long debated subject in […]

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Punctuation and Quotations

Punctuation? Quotations? Inside? Outside? I had a friend message me recently, almost in a panic, after he saw a question mark outside quotation marks. Is that wrong? Is it right? Well what about periods, commas, colons, etc.? Today we’ll discuss the basic rules of punctuation in relation to quotation marks, and hopefully we can clear […]

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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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