Philosophy for all

Grassy Knoll (
Fri, 2 Feb 1996 11:30:54 +0000

izvini Tamara za ovo!!

And now for a spot of philosophy.

Socrates (circa 469 - 399 BC): First to get down to those
"what is it all about then?" questions. Too clever for his own good:
forced to hemlock by the exasperated Athenian senate for
making them (and everyone else) look silly.

Plato (c428 - 347 BC): His imaginary Republic,
a state governed by philosophers, had no private property,
men and woman were to be equal, and sweets were to be
banned on health grounds.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC): Multitalented Philosopher, metaphysician,
biologist, and scientist. Came up with the concept of logic - following
known facts through to a valid conclusion. But still somehow believed women
were "unfinished men", and that goats breathed throughout their ears.

St Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274): Reconciled Aristotle's philosophy with
Catholic theology. Made list of things even God can't do, such as undoing
the past and making the sum of the angles of triangles not two right angles.

Descartes (1596 - 1650): Father of modern philosophy;
raised the question of the relationship between body and mind.
Began by doubting everything, including reality. He resolved this
by realising the one thing he could be certain of was that he was
doubting everything; therefore he was thinking, therefore he had to
be a thinking being. "I think, therefore I am," he famously concluded,
to the great relief of one and all.

Kant (1724 - 1804): His great contribution to European thought was the
Critique of Pure Reason. Argued that the mind's innate knowledge of time,
space and causality gave structure to our perception.
Keen on precisely timed afternoon walks.

Sartre (1905 - 1980): Existentialist. Believed the world exists for no
particular reason; humans come from nothing, return to nothing, and it's up to
every individual to make sense of their own life. Responsible for a whole generation
suddenly realising that there was potentially absolutely no reason to bother getting
up in the morning.
See ya , love Dusch; "when you say that, smile!"
"G.G.R. is the way forward"

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