Philosophy and Ideas

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. 

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.

Six Dominant Ideas, Part 3: A Dream Gone Wrong

Summer 2002

Six Dominant Ideas, Part 3

A Dream Gone Wrong

David Hulme

Sigmund Freud’s theories have helped to shape the mental framework of just about everyone, whether they have read his works or not.

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