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Philosophy

He Who Has A Why To Live Can Bear Almost Any How

Who said he who has a why to live can bear almost any how? And what did they mean? It may (or may not) surprise you to learn that this quote was uttered by one of the world’s most famous philosophers: Friedrich Nietzsche. Let’s get to what he was talking about.

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Philosophy

Objective Uncertainty That Is Held Fast Soren Kierkegaard

Among the many jaw dropping lines spoken by Soren Kierkegaard, he has perhaps most known for his philosophical contributions to debates around religion and god. We’re going to break down one of his most profound, if not impenetrable, lines he ever wrote or spoke which was: objective uncertainty that is held fast in an appropriation process that is of the most passionate inwardness.

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Philosophy

The Whole Problem With This World Is That Fools and Fanatics Are Always So Certain and The Wiser So Full of Doubt Meaning

The renowned philosopher, logician and public intellectual Bertrand Russell famously remarked “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are so full of doubt.” While the quotes meaning and utility may be obvious to some, we’re going to explain where it came from and the context behind Bertrand Russell’s famous quote.

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Philosophy

God Does Not Play Dice Albert Einstein

Good Doesn’t Play Dice is a quote by Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein made to fellow physicist Niels Bohr. The quote came out of an argument regarding the specifics of Quantum Mechanics. Given the unique complexity of this quote, and the fact it’s embedded in a larger debate, we’ll provide a simple explanation and a more complex one that gives the quote a proper setting.

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Rene Descartes thought experiment
Philosophy

I Think Therefore I Am Quote By Rene Descartes

What does “I think therefore I Am” possibly mean and why is it critical to the history of philosophy and knowledge? Let’s break down what Rene Descartes was thinking when he wrote the famous line which translates to “I think therefore I am.” The short story short (we’ll get to the longer story), Descartes imagines a dream that is so real it feels like he is awake. Descartes is going to question how one can tell the difference between the dream world and the real world and ultimately question everything he knows. As we do, we’ll explain the larger context of his discussion, and what he is trying to achieve by using this example.

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Philosophy

Our Friendship Was Not An Easy One, But I Shall Miss It

Fans of philosophy are all too familiar with the long running rivalry between legendary philosophers Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. In print, in person and everywhere in between, the two were vicious, friendly competitors disagreeing over everything from existentialism to World War II.

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If I am the wisest man alive, it is for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing Socrates

Though it’s discussed in almost every introductory class in Philosophy, the quote by Socrates “if I am the wisest man alive, for i know one thing, and that is that i know nothing”, many have no idea what actually means. First, we’ll need some context. Socrates, speaking to the Oracle of Delphi famously uttered the following quote: If I am the wisest man alive, it is for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Though there may be some debate about whether or not he said it (we think he did), there is little debate about what he meant.

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Philosophy

Owl of Minerva Spreads Its Wings Only With The Falling of the Dusk

Not only is Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel one of the most famous philosopher’s of all time, but he’s also famously difficult to understand. Philosopher and podcaster Tamler Sommers once stated “he’s probably a top tier thinker…but I’ll never know because I can’t get through any of his books.” Among his most cited quotes is this one about how to observe and evaluate history.

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Albert Einstein
Philosophy

Albert Einstein On Mahatma Gandhi

While it may seem counterintuitive to many, Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandi an affection for one another. Particular in the case of the former (Einstein) on the latter (Gandhi). Read below for his full, in context, feelings about the great activist leader.

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