Philosophy and Ideas

Adam Smith: Capitalism's Founding Father

Winter 2006

Adam Smith: Capitalism’s Founding Father

William Welch

Best known for “An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations,” Adam Smith is credited with establishing the discipline of political economics.

Summer 2004

What Is Materialism?

According to dictionaries the word carries more than one meaning, but underlying them is a common idea.

Rethinking Our Mental Framework

Summer 2004

Rethinking Our Mental Framework

Dan Cloer

What is the process that makes each human a unique individual—largely the same, yet different from every other?

Turning the Intellectual Tide

Summer 2003

Six Dominant Ideas, Part 5

Turning the Intellectual Tide

David Hulme

An analysis of the important ideas that have shaped the modern world suggests that faith and reason are not mutually exclusive. 

Spring 2003

Auguste Comte: High Priest of Humanity?

Wilf Hey

In pioneering the philosophy called positivism, August Comte had a profound effect on the most noted philosophers of the 20th century.

Positively No Absolutes

Spring 2003

Six Dominant Ideas, Part 4

Positively No Absolutes?

David Hulme

A look at two philosophies that gained prominence largely as a result of 20th-century developments in science. 

Biography: Bertrand Russell

Fall 2002

Bertrand Russell: Philosophy’s Wallpaper

Neal Hogberg

One of the intellectual  giants of the 20th century, Bertrand Russell earned the acclaim of a Nobel Prize and the reprimand of two prison sentences.

Truth: Winning Hearts and Minds

Summer 2002

Winning Hearts and Minds

Michael McKinney

Truth” that is not applicable to all people everywhere is not truth but opinion. Religion not based on truth is therefore merely opinion with no moral force. 

Feeding Us a Line

Summer 2002

Feeding Us a Line

Jerry de Gier

Religion has its intellectual critics, but there is much more to be skeptical about in the smorgasbord of other philosophies available today.

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