Why Clarity Is Important in Philosophy

Many philosophers are very difficult to read. Not because what they write is conceptually difficult to understand (this is subjective) but because of the way they use language. Some philosophers use language in a metaphorical way that has very few ways where a clear picture can be drawn. Much like poetry, the reader fills in…

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Why Beliefs Such As Freud’s Doctrine of Psychosexual Development Cannot Be Considered Scientific

Beliefs are just thoughts. Many act as if beliefs are tangible, platonic, concrete, and immutable concepts. They are not. We can have beliefs about the universe but this does not necessarily mean that they correspond in any way to reality. I could believe that the psychoanalytic theory of psychosexual development is empirical, but there is…

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Why an Autodidact Should Concern Themselves With the Study of Metaphysics —

Autodidacts may come in many different shapes and forms—I believe they all, as all humans do once they are sufficiently educated, engage in philosophical questions, at least on some level. However, in this case, we can use the term to refer to a self-taught philosopher or student of philosophy. So why is the study of…

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Quiz: Can You Call Yourself an Autodidactic Armchair Philosopher?​

Take this quiz to find out if you can! These questions are pretty hard, but the educated layperson who has studied philosophy shouldn’t have too much trouble.