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René DescartesPortrait of René Descartes (1596-1650)By: André Hatala [e.a.] (1997)

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  • Mary Beard's Greece: a walk on the wise sideFri Jun 13, 2014 |
    Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, scientist, political theorist and critic, and universal guru, was – according to legend – a great walker. One story has it that...
  • I instagram, therefore I am: From Descartes to the 'selfie'Sat Dec 21, 2013 |
    Is the self autonomous, existing independently of its environment, or are we actually an inseparable part of a larger social web?
  • Why Machiavelli Still MattersMon Dec 09, 2013 |
    'The Prince' teaches that there are no friends in politics.
  • Machiavelli Was RightWed Nov 20, 2013 |
    The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care.
  • All Is Lost and the Human ConditionMon Nov 04, 2013 |
    Is the whole struggle for life pointless? Meaningless? The void, the chasm that is deep space, the infinity that envelops us, does anything finally matter? Why resist the...
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?Tue Sep 03, 2013 |
    The following is a parable grounded in science with an aim toward Socratic questioning. It’s dinnertime somewhere. A kid pushes a small pile of sautéed broccoli to ...
  • Descartes was 'poisoned by Catholic priest'Sun Feb 14, 2010 |
    French philosopher was killed by arsenic-laced holy communion wafer after airing 'heretic' views, says academic.
  • Descartes and Western Civilization IndividualismTue Sep 10, 2013 |
    Descartes and Western Civilization Individualism
  • Philosophy Revived at Plato's AcademyWed Aug 07, 2013 |
    Philosophers from around the world gathered at the place where their practice really had its roots - Plato's Academy - in an Athens neighborhood as part of a series of...
  • The Mindless Machine, circa 1664Sat Jan 01, 2011 |
    hough many of René Descartes’ anatomical and physiological assumptions were vastly off target, he was the first to make a convincing case for a purely physical,...

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