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On Locke, Berkeley, Hume and the rise of empiricism

| January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Locke, Berkeley, Hume and the rise of empiricism

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the law of nature for his rule. ~ Locke Few men think; yet all have opinions. ~ Berkeley The corruption of the best things […]

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Beowulf and America 2015

| January 6, 2015 | 1 Comment
Beowulf and America 2015

Fate often saves an undoomed man when his courage is good. ~ Beowulf The Call to Battle My inaugural essay for the New Year of 2015 is on the heroic Danish epic known as Beowulf (c. 700–1000 A.D.). The saga begins with the honoring of the death of Scyld Scefing, the great founder of the […]

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On Newton and Huygens: when genius was separate from government

| January 2, 2015 | 1 Comment
On Newton and Huygens: when genius was separate from government

Plato is my friend. Aristotle is my friend. But my greatest friend is Truth. ~ Newton The world is my country, science my religion. ~ Huygens Biography of Huygens Christiaan Huygens, (1629–1695) was an outstanding Dutch scientist and mathematician. He is chiefly recognized as a physicist, astronomer, horologist and probabilist. Huygens was one of the […]

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On Pascal’s God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Pascal’s God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

  Love has reasons that Reason cannot understand. All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room. ~ Blaise Pascal Biography of Pascal Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) was a French writer, inventor, physicist, mathematician, and Christian philosopher. Identified as a child prodigy, he was educated by his father, Étienne, […]

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On Milton’s Paradise Lost

| December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Milton’s Paradise Lost

  Him the Almighty Power hurled headlong flaming from the ethereal sky. ~John Milton, Paradise Lost: Book I, Lines 44-45 Biography of Milton John Milton (1608–1674) was an English poet, essayist, a man of letters and official for the English government under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote during an era of tremendous religious radicalism and political […]

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On Descartes, Spinoza and the rise of rationalism and atheism

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Descartes, Spinoza and the rise of rationalism and atheism

  Biography of Descartes René Descartes (1596–1650) was a French philosopher, mathematician, and writer who primarily lived most of his life in Holland. Known as the father of modern philosophy, in many ways a considerable amount of ideas in Western philosophy after him are a reaction to his ideas and writings, which are considered so […]

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On Francis Bacon: The Philosopher who created the Scientific Method

| November 29, 2014 | 2 Comments
On Francis Bacon: The Philosopher who created the Scientific Method

  Knowledge is power. Those that lack friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. ~ Francis Bacon Biography Francis Bacon (1561–1626), was an English philosopher, essayist, author, statesman, scientist, jurist, and orator. He served as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England under James I, author of the King James Bible […]

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On Cervantes: when morality is replaced with madness

| November 23, 2014 | 4 Comments
On Cervantes: when morality is replaced with madness

Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be. ~ Don Quixote How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? ~ Cicero (Catiline Orations, 63 B.C.) Biography Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547(?) – 1616), or “Cervantes” was a Spanish […]

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On Gilbert, Harvey and Galileo: science vs. fascist institutions

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Gilbert, Harvey and Galileo: science vs. fascist institutions

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. ~ Galileo Biography of William Gilbert William Gilbert (1544–1603), was an English physician, physicist and natural philosopher. He zealously was against both the dominant Aristotelian philosophy and the Scholastic techniques of academic education of his time. His magnum opus is his […]

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On Shakespeare: King Lear, Macbeth and Obama

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Shakespeare: King Lear, Macbeth and Obama

  I am a man more sinned against than sinning. ~ King Lear But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we’ll not fail. ~ Lady Macbeth Prologue This is part II of my essay on William Shakespeare (1564–1616) the great English playwright, poet, and actor, celebrated as the most outstanding writer in the English […]

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