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  • Aristotle thought human beings are one with the rest of nature, yet set apart from it by their ability to reason. Aristotle also provided the first systematic expositions of physics, biology, psychology and the standards of literature.
  • Aristotle wrote on everything from the shape of seashells to sterility, to speculations on the nature of the soul, to meteorology, poetry, art, and even the interpretation of dreams. Apart from mathematics, he transformed every field of knowledge that he touched.
  • In The Nichomachean Ethics, named for their first editor, Aristotles son Nicomachus, Aristotle sets out to discover the good life for man: the life of happiness.
  • For centuries, the works of Aristotle and other Greek thinkers were preserved in the Arabic world. Avicenna and Averroes produced philosophical systems that rival the greatest intellectual structures ever built.
  • For centuries, the works of Aristotle and other Greek thinkers were preserved in the Arabic world. Avicenna and Averroes produced philosophical systems that rival the greatest intellectual structures ever built.
  • In Descartes, Bacon, and Modern Philosophy, it relates that both philosophers extolled the individual, arguing that the human mind can penetrate the deepest secrets of existence.
  • China's two greatest philosophers, Confucius and Lao Tzu, were intensely interested in how we should live and how a good society is governed. The central concepts of Confucianism are li and zhen.
  • In Confucius in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Confucius' life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world.
  • In Descartes, Bacon, and Modern Philosophy, it relates that both philosophers extolled the individual, arguing that the human mind can penetrate the deepest secrets of existence.
  • Renẻ Descartes convinced himself to doubt and disregard sensory knowledge and found he could prove his existence through his thoughts.
  • John Dewey was America's most influential philosopher. He wanted philosophy to rise above old tired disputes to address new, more vital questions and problems.
  • Friedrich Hegel aimed to make philosophy an all-comprehensive science that would restate, in rational language, the truth of Christianity.
  • With Hegel, philosophy became very difficult indeed. His dialectical method produced the most grandiose metaphysical system known to man.
  • a concise, expert account of Heidegger's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world.
  • Although he lived in the age of reason, David Hume had profound doubts about our ability to know anything in the world with certainty.
  • This concise introduction explains clearly the basic concepts of Jungian psychology: the collective unconscious, complex, archetype, shadow, persona, anima, animus, and the individuation of the Self.
  • Immanuel Kant's "transcendental" philosophy transcends the question of "what" we know to ask "how" we know it. Before Kant, philosophers had debated for centuries whether knowledge is derived from experience or reason.
  • Kants aim was to restore metaphysics. He insisted that all experience must conform to knowledge. According to Kant, space and time are subjective; along with various categories, they help us to see the phenomena of the world though never its true reality.
  • Kierkegaard says much of life's meaning depends not on external conditions, but on our internal choices about relating to them. He urges us to live with purpose and emphasizes that our task is not knowing but doing.
  • Kierkegaard wasnt really a philosopher in the academic sense. His subject was the individual and his or her existence, the existing being. The branch of philosophy to which Kierkegaard gave birth has come to be known as existentialism.
  • Jewish thinkers worked to square Biblical faith with the demands of reason; their efforts to understand the individual in relation to God and to the human community powerfully foreshadowed contemporary problems.
  • In this original biography, the author moves between a comprehensive historical portrait and a dramatic focus on Newton's significant letters and unpublished notebooks.
  • Isaac Newton, (1642-1727), a natural philosopher achieved momentous breakthroughs in three areas: mathematics (the calculus), a theory of colors, and gravitational attraction. His "Principia" changed science forever.
  • Jewish thinkers worked to square Biblical faith with the demands of reason; their efforts to understand the individual in relation to God and to the human community powerfully foreshadowed contemporary problems.
  • Plato was the first great philosopher of the West to organize and record the issues and questions that define philosophy. A student of Socrates, Plato preserved the teachings of his mentor.
  • In an age when philosophers had scarcely glimpsed the horizons of the mind, a boy named Aristocles adopted the nickname Plato and embarked on a life in philosophy.
  • In The Republic, Plato tackles the big issues of the state and the individual: how the state should be ruled, and by whom; and the way the individual should lead his life - and why.
  • A concise, expert account of Rousseau's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world.
  • Bertrand Russell and A. N. Whitehead co-authored a seminal work in logic entitled Principia Mathematica. Russell wrote on virtually every aspect of philosophy, while Whitehead developed one of the great philosophical systems of the century.
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, a French philosopher, is perhaps the best known advocate of existentialism. In this view, no external authority gives life meaning: mankind is radically free and responsible.
  • During his lifetime, Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy was known to students, intellectuals, revolutionaries, and even the general public the world over.
  • Franciscan John Duns Scotus was one philosopher who tried to bridge the gap between reason and faith when Aristotle's works were first translated from Arabic.
  • Though Socrates left no written works, there were many ancient accounts of his life and his philosophy. The most important of the surviving accounts are from three contemporaries along with two later Greek biographers.
  • ust a century after it had begun, philosophy entered its greatest age with the appearance of Socrates, who spent so much of his time talking about philosophy on the streets of Athens.
  • The Trial and Death of Socrates remains a powerful document not least because it gives a first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history.
  • Arthur Schopenhauer was the most articulate and influential pessimist in the history of human thought. He was convinced that the space and time of ordinary life is an illusion, that the world consists of two aspects:
  • Schopenhauer, the "philosopher of pessimism," makes it very plain that he regards the world and our life in it as a bad joke. But if the world is indifferent to our fate, it doesn't thwart us on purpose.
  • Baruch Spinoza was a Portuguese Jew living in Holland. He was excommunicated because of the unorthodox view he took of God.
  • St. Augustine (354-430 A.D.) was the first great systematic Christian philosopher. He attempted to combine the philosophical insights of Plato with the faith explicated in the Bible.
  • St. Augustine's struggles with sex and a domineering mother, followed by his spiritual crisis and conversion to Christianity ultimately led him to his major contribution to philosophy. The fusion of two doctrines.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas is known for producing history's most complete system of Christian philosophy. This Dominican scholar combined the work of Aristotle with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and pagan thought to reconcile reason and faith.
  • China's two greatest philosophers, Confucius and Lao Tzu, were intensely interested in how we should live and how a good society is governed. The central concepts of Confucianism are li and zhen.
  • Bertrand Russell and A. N. Whitehead co-authored a seminal work in logic entitled Principia Mathematica. Russell wrote on virtually every aspect of philosophy, while Whitehead developed one of the great philosophical systems of the century.
  • In this section of the Metaphysical Master, we show the Biographies of some of the most notable practitioners and contributors to Metaphysics.
  • This Biography of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus covers the activities and accomplishments of one historys most influential Roman Emperors and Philosophers. Marcus Aurelius was a student and practitioner of The Stoic Philosophy.
  • This Mini-Bio of Aristotle highlights some of the views and accomplishments of one of the most notable metaphysicians in history.
  • This Biography of Robert Boyle covers the activities and accomplishments of a very prominent Philosopher, Alchemist, and Theologian.
  • This Biography of Antoine Court de Gebelin covers the known activities and accomplishments of a very prominent Mystic, Occultist, and Writer on Tarot subjects.
  • This Biography of Etteilla, (Jean-Baptiste Alliette), covers the known activities and accomplishments of a very prominent Mystic, Occultist, and Writer on Tarot subjects.
  • This Biography of Eliphas Lévi (Alphonse Lewis Constant) covers the known activities and accomplishments of a very prominent Magician, Occultist, and Writer on Tarot subjects.
  • This Biography of Claudius Ptolemy covers the activities and accomplishments of one of the most influential Greek astronomers, cartographers, and astrologers of his time.
  • This Biography of Pamela Coleman-Smith covers the activities and accomplishments of a very talented Artist, Illustrator, Writer, and Artist for the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck.
  • This Biography of Arthur Edward Waite covers the activities and accomplishments of a very prominent Mystic, Occultist, and prolific writer on the Tarot and other esoteric subjects.
  • This is the About Mary Beth page. Founder and Director of The Metaphysical Society.

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