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Philosophical Approaches



Philosophy is the search for answers to fundamental questions about the meaning of life. It gives us a common platform of logic from which to discuss, interact, and think about our world every single day, allowing us to come up with reasoned answers to the foundational questions about why we exist—and how we know we exist—independent of traditional religious traditions. Philosophical approaches give us structured ways of thinking about the truths that underlie our knowledge and existence as humans.

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Metaethics: Crash Course Philosophy #32

We begin our unit on ethics with a look at metaethics. Hank explains three forms of moral realism—moral absolutism, and cultural relativism, including the difference between descriptive and normative cultural relativism—and moral subjectivism, which is a form of moral antirealism.

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Metaphysics: The Fundamentals

Metaphysics: The Fundamentals presents readers with a systematic, comprehensive introductory overview of modern analytic metaphysics.

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Ecosophy: Nature’s Guide to a Better World

The most exciting and beneficial things I believe happened to humanity in the past century were physicists’ recognition that “the universe is more like a great thought than like a great machine” and astronauts lifting far enough from Earth to see, feel and show us how very much alive our...

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FindCenterThere are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

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Plato and Aristotle (Introduction to Greek Philosophy)

Tom Richey provides students with an introduction to Greek philosophy, contrasting Plato's idealism with Aristotle's realism and comparing the basic premise of Plato's Republic with Aristotle's Politics.

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A History of Western Philosophy

Hailed as “lucid and magisterial” by The Observer, this book is universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject of Western philosophy.

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5 Reasons Why Plato and Aristotle Still Matter Today

The ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle may seem like the quintessential Dead White Males, but in fact they’re very much alive.

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FindCenterPhilosophy is an unusually stubborn attempt to think clearly.

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Introduction to Epistemology

This lecture introduces epistemology, explains the questions such a field investigates, look what it means to obtain knowledge, and why the need for such a field arose in the first place.

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The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell

Few philosophers have had a more profound influence on the course of modern philosophy than Bertrand Russell. The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell is a comprehensive anthology of Russell’s most definitive essays written between 1903 and 1959.

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