kapitza17 has written 7 posts for Philosophy 12

Progress – Kristina and Mariana

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_democracy Who gets to influence and define ‘progress’? Let’s start with influence. Throughout our history the wealthy and the elite have always been the ones to decide how we progress. It was logical, as they were the ones with access to education and to world news outside of their own country. They were more aware … Continue reading

The Rite of Spring – Kristina

It caused a riot on opening night. Hordes of Parisian ballet goers turned out for the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s newest creation. Already renowned for his two previous ballets, Stravinsky had been commissioned to write a third, and what was written revolutionized the art of ballet. But that came later. First came the premiere. The … Continue reading

Ethics, Psychology, and a little bit of Machiavelli – Kristina

Psychology is the study of human behaviour – why and how we do the things we do. And so, psychologists go about trying to figure out what makes us tick. They do this through surveys, observation, studying our brains, and of course, by doing experiments. It’s that last one that stirs up trouble in our … Continue reading

Knowledge, belief, and truth – Kristina

To me, knowledge is anything and everything I know to be true. Whether it’s universally true, or just my opinion, it’s knowledge. To me, belief is knowledge, and truth is knowledge, and belief is truth – or at least it’s true to me. The problem I see with my opinion is that knowledge, truth and … Continue reading

Ayn Rand – Kristina

Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum was born in 1905, in St. Petersburg. She later described her earliest approach to life as being an “enormous series” of questions aimed at understanding the things around her, and this curiosity blossomed throughout her childhood. By the time she was 12, she had begun asking why she liked what she did, and had … Continue reading

Steak, lobster, and HDTV: Why ignorance is bliss. – Kristina

After all the discussion last week, there were three ideas that struck me. One: change is uncomfortable. Two: ignorance is bliss. And three, a question: Is there a benefit to knowing? To not knowing?’ The first idea, I’m sure everyone can agree on. Change is uncomfortable. Change requires work, and involves getting up off our … Continue reading

Philosophy: A Definition on Canvas – Kristina

The philosopher strives to find the liberating work, that is, the word that finally permits us to grasp what up to now has intangibly weighed down in upon our consciousness. The object of philosophy is the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a theory but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. … Continue reading