Taoism: The Natural Life

Taoism (actually pronounced Dow-ism) is a philosophical religion (and I use religion here loosely) that began to develop in China around 500 BC. This time marked a period in China’s history known as The Hundred Schools of Thought. Tao literally means “way,” and Taoism is just that: a way or path. But, as we will […]

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Post-Modernism: An Introduction and Focus on Critical Theory

Post-modern philosophy encompasses a period of time that began in the middle of the 20th century and many say is still progressing.  Post-modernism itself is hard to define and was influenced by a variety of different schools of thought such as Existentialism, Freudian and Lucanian psychology, and Marxist Theory. Today we will be examining the […]

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Continental vs. Analytic

In the 20th century, the field of philosophy was under going some big changes. Science was playing a big role in the world and caused a big change here in America and in England. Other countries were rejecting this scientific view dividing the field of philosophy down the middle. This division amongst philosophers lead to a stylistic change in the way […]

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MMORPGs and Existentialism: What online gaming can teach you about Philosophy

Whether your game is Final Fantasy XI (or XIV), World of Warcraft, Eve Online, or any one of a number of growing massive-multiplayer-online-role-playing-games, then you know how enjoyable these games can be. For those who don’t play these games, the idea of spending hours, upon days, upon months in front of a computer monitor or […]

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Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer is a German philosopher who lived at the height of a philosophical period in Germany, known as “German Idealism.” German Idealism all started with Kant, whose way of thinking and conceiving reality also helped spark the sector of philosophy known today as Continental Philosophy. Schopenhauer’s conception of reality is one of the most […]

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Existentialism and Phenomenology: an incredibly brief introduction

If one wants a thorough explanation of existentialism one must have some background in the less popularized field, phenomenology. For the most part, existentialism is a movement that developed out of phenomenology, but what is it? Developed in the early 20th century, phenomenology is (brace yourselves) the study of the structures of human consciousness from […]

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Berkeley’s Idealism: God has it covered

The Bishop George Berkeley is known as one of the three great British empiricists and for first proposing one of the most interesting and unique ideas in philosophy. What if everything wasn’t really what it seemed? What if the so called matter you were walking on was nothing more than an idea? Sounds like an […]

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Death Note and Philosophy: Light Yagami and The Will To Power

Death Note is an astounding anime overflowing with moral controversy and existential ambiance. It follows the story of an incredibly intelligent, disinterested young man known as Light Yagami, who I will talk about almost exclusively (at least on this post :P). Light receives a power that gives him the ability to kill people using a notebook. […]

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Kantian Ethics: Good Will, It’s Your Duty!

Ethics accounts for a huge category of philosophy. It’s related to the most contemporary of today’s dilemma’s: Politics, Morals, Rights, Religion; you name it and ethics probably has some role in it. Today, I’m going to overview a famous ethical theory by Immanuel Kant. So let’s take a look at (un)Enlightened Philosophy’s first post on […]

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David Hume: The Last of The Great Empiricists

Known as the most important philosopher to ever write in English, David Hume comes in as the topic for today. He was the last of the great British empiricists whose many works still remain to be deeply influential today. More noted during his time as a historian, Hume wrote a six-volume history about England. Join me as […]

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