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Day: April 9, 2011

The Origin of Guilt

The Origin of Guilt

I’m interested in the question of the origin of guilt. Please join in and let me know your ideas. Guilt is an experience one has when one feels a moral standard has been violated. From Dictionary.com: 1) the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law; culpability 2) a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined. 3) conduct involving the commission of such crimes,…

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Kant’s Ideality And Reality Of Space And Time

Kant’s Ideality And Reality Of Space And Time

The concepts of time and space have engaged the minds of some of history’s greatest thinkers. How are we to understand time and space? Are they to be included among things which we designate as being “real?” Do space and time exist in an absolute sense, as Newton proposed? Or are they relations of things, as Leibniz argued? Immanuel Kant, in his classic work, The Critique of Pure Reason, posits both the reality and ideality of space and time (Kant…

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The Meaning Of Being Part 3

The Meaning Of Being Part 3

Now, back to Heidegger. The question of Being is the most basic question of all philosophical inquiry. It is what Heidegger calls, “philosophically primary” (B&T, pg 10). All investigations by all sciences have their foundation in the question of the meaning of Being. Before a scientist can study something, there are certain a priori assumptions that must be made. Now, scientists need not concern themselves with these questions prior to their studies, but a philosopher must. For a philosopher, the…

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The One Percent

The One Percent

I would like to take a moment out from things philosophical to talk a little about a documentary I just finished watching called The One Percent, made in 2006. The film’s creator is Jamie Johnson, who is one of the great-grandsons of Robert Wood Johnson, a co-founder of Johnson & Johnson. Johnson’s film is very revealing of the growing disparity between rich and poor in this country. The story is an overwhelming one that leaves the less well-to-do feeling hopeless….

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