Does it mater who asserts that philosophy begins with doubt?

Kierkegaard, S. (1985). Philosophical Fragments/Johannes Climacus : Kierkegaard’s Writings, Vol 7. (E. H. Hong & H. V. Hong, Trans.). Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. From what I think I understand of Kierkegaard I feel like I can answer this question without reading what Johannes Climacus has to say about the question. It would be something like;…

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Is Nietzsche being a light thinker or a shadow thinker?

Nietzsche, F. W. (2009). The Gay Science. (T. Common, Trans.). Stilwell, Kan.: Digireads.com. The passage in section 90 is very short it states: Lights and Shadows. Books and drafts mean something quite different for different thinkers. One collects in a book the lights that he has been able to steal and carry home swiftly out…

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Why is faith not a form of Knowledge? Why is it not a form of will?

Kierkegaard, S. (1985). Philosophical Fragments/Johannes Climacus : Kierkegaard’s Writings, Vol 7. (E. H. Hong & H. V. Hong, Trans.). Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. Faith is a paradox. Faith is not knowledge because knowledge can not have such a paradox as faith. On page 62 Climacus says, “ Faith is not knowledge, for all knowledge is…

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How does the parable of the king and the maiden provide an alternative to the Socratic understanding?

The story of the king and the maiden offers an alternative to the Socratic understanding because it suggests people can be more than what they are naturally and there is more than what they can rationally understand. The Socratic understanding is one in which the student and the teacher do not love each other. The…

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The relationship between work and thought

On page108 there is a section called, “Work and Boredom.” Here Nietzsche states, “there are…men who would rather perish than work without any pleasure in their work…. Artist and contemplative men of all kinds belong to this rare breed… they do not fear boredom as much as work without pleasure; they actually require a lot…

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Heidegger and Derrida

LOGIC VS. HEIDEGGER The Nature of his philosophical conclusions effects the way he writes. He must create a new language that disrupts normal logical conclusions and introduces new ideas. He is trying to disrupt empirical thinking. Logic is only one state of being. He wants to destroy the duality of object subject. To create something…

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Why is necessity alone not enough for personhood according to Anti-Climacus

I have been having a difficult time understand this text because of the way it is written, however I believe I have understood this relation between necessity and possibility. In order to have personhood you must find a synthesis of necessity and possibility for as it says, “A self that has no possibility is in…

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Translation: change within the painting should lead to it’s own conclusions

The universe is huge and there is little we know about it. In an attempt to understand our world we try and document it. There are many ways to record information and different ways to understand the recorded information. There is always a space between the world and us and so gaps are formed when…

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What does it mean to be a successful artist?

The first issue that must be addressed when attempting to answer this question is defining the term artist. For many years I have considered myself an artist, but I never spent much time analyzing what exactly that is. Perhaps artists are simply people who make art. However, this definition proposes a new question: what is…

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