What are we? Why do we exist? What does it mean to exist? Why do we act like we act? Why do things happen in the world like they do?
Many centuries prior to what we call modern science, humans were already trying to answer these questions. The first structured framework we developed with the aim of critically finding the answer to these questions was philosophy.
I understand philosophy as the great-great grandmother of any modern branch of knowledge and from where they all stemmed from. It is not a coincidence that many of these questions were jointly adopted by other knowledge areas such as physics, biology or psychology.
It also deals with other important topics such as logic, critical thinking, ethics and morals, most of which remain largely untouched by other areas.
Being able to analyse the world, and ourselves, in a logical, critical, well structured manner is likely to help us understand both better, in turn allowing us to better tackle many of the tribulations we are faced with in our lives and society as a whole.
In this next text through the history of philosophy we will be looking at a controversial, but influential group. Most of the information we have about this group comes to us from the writings of Plato, who didn’t like them very much (Kenny, 2010). So this biased view is something we have to keep inContinue reading “The Pre-Socratics part 7 – The Sophists”
Welcome to another text where we continue our journey through the philosophers who developed the ideas that inspired most of our own at present. Today we are going to explore a name that may not be as obscure as the ones before: Hippocrates. Giving some justification to my personal interest in philosophy, in ancient Greece,Continue reading “The Pre-Socratics part 6 – Caring about Health”
Today I will be writing about a very interesting, even legendary, pre-socratic philosopher: Empedocles. He was from Acragas, in the South of Sicily, and considered himself to be a god (Adamson, 2014; Kenny, 2010; Russell, 1946). This, of course, lead to tales of him being able to perform miracles such as controlling the winds orContinue reading “The Pre-Socratics part 5 – Love and Strife make the world go around”