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 Vaclav Havel: Authentic Humanist and Cultural Hero for our Times 1/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Václav Havel’s humanistic philosophy is a powerfully heroic voice of the post-cold War political landscape, advocating that Europe recover its own soul; urging a global revolution
 The Immigrant Saga of an Italian-American Family: a Vichian Recapitulation by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Jessi costress ta la lenghedi to pari a dsi-si:mi son quel che son![To be compelled in the languageof one’s father to tell oneself:I am who I am!]   
 Concluding Reflections at the End of the Journey into Vico's Mind by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
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 Vico on the Concept of Providence by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 The Vichian Nexus between Scientific Truth and Faith by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Between Descartes and Nietzsche: A Humanistic Approach by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Thomas Berry: a Prophetic Visionary Voice for our Times of Crisis by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“The Universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects”The above statement by the late Thomas Berry (1914-2009) conveys in a nutshell, to those who have never heard of him
 Letter to a Young Artist in Canada by David Sparenberg
Here is only a partial reply to your question.  While I have studied the world's religions, those of the present and several of the past, I now take little interest in t metaphysical or theological arguments.  What has become importa
 Remembering Jean Baudrillard by Dr. Gerry Coulter
“A friend has died. The death of a friend finds its own justification a posteriori: it makes the world less liveable, and therefore renders his absence from this world less painful. It alters the world in such a way that he would no longer ha
 Zen Buddhism or "A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body" by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Within Buddhism there is a meditative, contemplative school known as Zen. It originally arose in China but the three philosophers who were mostly responsible in transforming the school into a tradition were from outside China: Bodhidharma from Ind
 Zhuangzi: The Second Daoist Sage and the World's First Anarchist by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“Once Zhuangzi dreamed he was a butterfly…Then he woke up, and was in his own solid body…But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi dreaming that he was a butterfly, or the butterfly dreaming that he was Zhuangzi.”
 Mencius: The Second Sage of Legacy, Truth and Consequences by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 A Guide to the Dialogue between Science and Religion by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Christianity: a Private Affair or Part of the European Identity? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 A Third Window, beyond Materialistic and Mechanistic Philosophies of Nature by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Diego Fabbri's Trial of Western Civilization by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 European Culture vis-a-vis "Multiple Modernities" by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 A philosopher who cuts the ground from the under of philosophy's feet by Nasrin Pourhamrang
The poet-mannered philosopher who has provoked both the extremist hostility and the vigorous bias to an almost identical degree is an Algerian-Frenchman who was born in 1930, Algeria. He is ranked as a scholar of linguistic philosophy, metaphysics
  The Religious Roots of Inalienable Human Rights: Universalism vs. Pluralism? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Is Art in the Eyes of the Beholder? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 John Dewey's View of Art as Experience by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Freud's View of Art as Symptom of the Unconscious by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Art as Fictional Truth and Make-Believe by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 The Nature of Art as a Problematic of Aesthetics by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
By now the reader who has followed the various views and definitions of art by various philosophers and art experts as here presented is perhaps more aware of the eclectic, head-spinning nature of those views and may be wondering which are thei
 When is Art? Art as Symbolical and as Exemplification by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 R. G. Collingwood's Theory of Art as Expression and Fantasia by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Art in the Era of the Internet and the Digital Reproduction by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 The Deconstruction of Art as Fetish by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Roland Barthes' Death of the Author and Art as Text by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“The reader is the space on which all the quotations that make up a writing are inscribed without any of them being lost; a text’s unity lies not in its origin but in its destination. Yet this destination cannot any longer be personal:
 Walter Benjamin's Concept of Art as Auratic: the Nexus between Modern Art and Technology by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“Mankind, which in Homer’s time was an object of contemplation for the Olympian gods, now is one for itself. Its self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first ord
 Theodor Adorno's Concept of Art as Lighthearted and Liberatory by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“The prologue to Shiller’s Wallenstein ends with the line, “Ernst ist das Leben, heiter ist die Kunst”—life is serious, art is lighthearted. It is modeled on a line from Ovid’s Tristia: "Vita verecunda est, Mus
 Senses and Sensibilities: Changing Perceptions by Saberi Roy
Sense perceptions are probably the most important condition of being alive as we live because we perceive and vice versa. ‘Living is perceiving’ and perceiving provides awareness of the state of the world around us and the senses form
 Hegel's Conception of Art as the Ideal and the Historical by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Musings on Friedrich Nietzsche's View of Art as Redemption by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Arthur Schopenhauer's Concept of Art as Revelation by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“The Platonic Ideas are the adequate objectification of the will”      --Arthur Schopenhauer (from The World of as Will and Representation)Schopenhauer's (1788-1860) concept
 What is Beauty? Musings on Kant's Theory of Aesthetics by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Some Musings on Aristotle's "The Poetics" by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Matrix of a soul by Valdas Slabada
Human soul consists of two components: opening and closing. They are opposite, the same as breath and expiration is, and cannot exist one without another. In a state of opening, a person accepts surroundings ingenuously, in uni
 In Praise of Aristotle by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Marx Redivivus: Socialism for the Rich and Capitalism for the Poor by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Humanism and Stoicism in Epictetus and Tom Wolfe: A Nexus by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Life and Philosophy: A Nexus by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Lately we have had in the pages of this very magazine a rather lengthy diatribe on the issue of abortion. Unfortunately, it ended up producing much heat but little light. Let’s now try presenting the issue under the cooler light of reason an
 The Wisdom of G.K. Chesterton by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
I just finished rereading G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. It is uncanny how a book that was written some eighty years ago is as much relevant today as it was then, if not more. In it Chesterton, among other things argues about material
 The Vichian Poetics of William Blake and Karl Marx by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Constitution or Treaty? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 C.S. Lewis' Abolition of Man and the Natural Law by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Marcus Aurelius' Meditations on Natural Law and Divine Providence by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In The Republic Plato postulates that the best way to achieve a near perfect polity is to have a philosopher-king as its head. That is of course an ideal that has rarely been achieved in world history and many have branded Plato as too id
 The Five Ways to God's Existence of Thomas Aquinas by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Thomas Aquinas has become the official favored philosopher/theologian of the Catholic Church. That was not always so. In fact while he was still alive he was suspected of heresy by the archbishop of Paris. His sin was that of basing his philosophy
 Aristotle, Avicenna, Aquinas on God's Existence by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
As already elaborated in previous articles, there is little doubt in the mind of any educated and fair person that the medieval monks deserve much credit for their enormous contribution to the preservation of Western
 The Politics of Philosophy within Neo-Conservatism in the US by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
To even begin to understand the mind-set of neo-conservatism in America, one needs to examine the origins of the classical, rationalistic, esoteric philosophy of the school of Le
 Our Global Societies' Philosopher's Stone by Leah Sellers
The Philosopher’s Stone. The mystical, magical, seemingly unattainable Philosopher’s Stone. Throughout the ages alchemists secretly mixed up and cooked up innumerable chemicals attempting to create the Philosopher’s Stone. Some a
 100 Acorns - 100 Days of Conceptual Instructions by Yoko Ono by Alexandra Pereira
Grapefruit, the book of conceptual instructions by Yoko Ono, was first published in 1964, 44 years ago. Grapefruit was an incredibly humoristic, provocative, refreshing
 Life Undercover #62 by Thanos K & Asa B
It is time to change the sheets... our inquisitive duvet-loving hero has some female company now asking the great questions of life, religion and the universe.
 Philo of Alexandria on the Soul and Universal Truth by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Philo of Alexandria, also known as Philo Judaeus or Philo Alexandrinus, is perhaps the most intriguing of the classical philosophers, for he is something of a maverick comparable in modern times to Emmanuel Levinas. Li
 Richard Rorty's Unflinching Critique of Modern Western Philosophy by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
While writing a Ph.D. dissertation at Yale University on immanence and transcendence in Giambattista Vico’s concept of Providence I serendipitously discovered the late Richard Rorty’s Philosophy and t
 Life Undercover #61 by Thanos K & Asa B
It is time to change the sheets... our inquisitive duvet-loving hero has some female company now asking the great questions of life, religion and the universe.
 Alfred North Whitehead's Critique of Modern Materialism by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Alfred North Whitehead is widely considered one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. He quipped once that “the whole of Western philosophy is a footnote to Plato,” which may soun
 Claude Levi-Strauss and the Timelessness of Myth by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Claude Levi-Strauss, a Belgian born anthropologist (1908-) like Carl Gustav Jung does not consider himself a professional philosopher but he too, via anthropology, arrived at the fundamental insight that myths across
 Lev Semenovich Vygotsky: Thought, Language, and Children at Play by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In 1958 an Italian translation of a novel written in the Soviet Union and suppressed there appeared in the West winning its author instant fame and recognition and the Nobel Prize for literature besides. The novel
 Life Undercover #58 by Thanos K & Asa B
It is time to change the sheets... our inquisitive duvet-loving hero has some female company now asking the great questions of life, religion and the universe.
 Soren Kierkegaard as Father of Existentialism by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
I’d be willing to wager that most educated persons if asked to name the father of existentialism would mention Jean-Paul Sartre. That my be true technically since it was he who coined and popularized the existe
 Carl Gustav Jung and "Modern Man in Search of a Soul" by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Freud’s materialistic psychoanalysis divided the self into the id, the ego and the super-ego. Jung (1875-1961), who was his disciple for a while, would depart from its materialism and without wholly abandoning
 Noam Chomsky on the Politics of the Essence of the Human Mind by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Noam Chomsky is considered one of the pivotal linguists of our time. He follows a long heritage on the nature of language which begins with the ancient Greeks and continues with Giambattista Vico in the 18th century.
 The Medieval Monks as Preservers of Western Civilization by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
The term “Dark Ages” was once erroneously applied to the entire millennium separating late antiquity from the Italian Renaissance (500-1500 AD). Today scholars know better. There is a widespread acknowled
 An Alternative to a Dehumanized Civilization by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In his 1924 book on The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science, Edwin Arthur Burtt wrote this perceptive passage: “An adequate cosmology will only begin to be written when an adequate philosophy of
 Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn's Influence on the Philosophy of Science by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
It is hard to think of two thinkers who have had a greater influence on contemporary philosophy of science. Their main insight is that it is impossible to investigate the nature of reality without operating with some
 Saul Kripke's Philosophy of Language by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
The natural follow-up to Tarski’s logic and philosophy of language is Saul Kripke. He is best known for a series of lectures he gave at Princeton University in 1970 under the name of Naming and Necessity
 Alfred Tarski on Truth, Language, and Logic by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Many scholars consider Alfred Tarski (1902-1983) the greatest logician of the 20th century; his work is fundamental to modern philosophy of language and philosophical logic. From the start of his career he became fam
 The Principle of Complementarity in Bohr's Quantum Mechanics and Vico's Historicism by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“The concrete without the universal becomes trivial. The universal without the concrete becomes irrelevant” - Alfred N. Whitehead Vico was
 Vico's Poetic Philosophy: between Descartes and Nietzsche by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“I cannot understand how our minds, which have been formed by responses to the emergencies of a small corner of space and time, could possibly comprehend a revelation of the total universe, even if it were granted
 Charles Sanders Peirce and the Presuppositions of Science by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
One of the great influences on American philosophy was Charles Sanders Peirce’s pragmaticism. His interest in philosophy began as a hobby but has had wide international repercussion. Pierce’s intellectual
 World Peace Model # 1: Oughtopian peace modelWorld Peace Model # 1: Oughtopian peace model by Joseph Gatt
\"Oughtopia\" is a term coined by Korean philosopher Choue Young Seek. It is a philosophy that leads to a society that ought to be realized, a society that is spiritually beautiful, materially affluent and humanly rewarding.
 Vico's Conception of Mytho-Poetic Wisdom by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Abstract: Vico insists throughout his opus that in order for Man to understand himself and avoid the danger of scientific objectification, he needs to attempt a re-creation of the origins of human
 John Searle on the Human Mind and the Nature of Intelligence by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Modern rationalists whose paradigm of reality is Descartes’ philosophy and its idea that we are nothing but so much matter extended into space and complicated biological machines are fond of pointing out that o
 Back to the Future: Musings on Time and Utopia 1/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Abstract: While Jacques Derrida teaches that deconstruction is immanent within time, Henry David Thoreau believed that the genius that is the chil
 The Wrong World by Jan Sand
There is an old story of a scientist who invented a machine to transfer consciousness. When his apparatus was complete he had no convenient subject but spotted a centipede on the floor and scooped it up and dropped it into the receiver section. He
 Why? by Alexandra Pereira
Why do these things happen, why is life so unfair, why do people we love and ourselves do shit, why we can't cover it, why it hurts, why, why, why? Why we can't help that our loved ones suffer, why we hurt them ourselv
 Statement of Faith by Matt Williamson
Why is it hard for many people to accept miracles in a religion other than theirs? Very normal, logical and sane people accept that Jesus walked on water, changed water to wine, healed the sick, brought Lazarus back
 Hidden Agenda by Matt Williamson
We all have a hidden agenda. Whether we want to admit it or not we are trying to make our life in our own image. Sometimes we are honest and we tell people that we seek a certain outcome within a given situation; som
 "space" by Bohdan Yuri
a space can go nowhere and find a place anywhere, it can travel inside a box, or stay outside the sky. yet, fill it with: things, people, dreams, tho
 Democracy as the Common Sense of the People: Confronting the Ancient to the Modern View 2/2 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
At this point one may ask: is Plato’s critique still valid today, and if so, what are the practical consequences of ignoring it? Let us try to apply this critique to an overarching prob
 Democracy as the Common Sense of the People: Confronting the Ancient to the Modern View 1/2 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In a relativistic age which beliefs in functional truths but not in Truth, when consequently many sing the praises of democracy but precious few can pin down its essence, a revisiting of Plat
 Meditation and Mindfulness by Matt Williamson
I am not a good practitioner of meditation. My mind races, wild and erratic thoughts pop in and out of my head in rapid and seemingly random procession. Did I feed the cat, why did I say that to her, how long until I calm down, when am I supposed
 The Perfumed Bed by Linda Lane
Every night one of my married friends visits and sleeps on my living room sofa. Sure they are travelers for one reason or another but what gets me is that when I was rich before the dotcom crash I bought a special so
 The Rational and the Mytho-poetic in Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago: 1/2 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago is a sterling example of characte
 Jane of Thought: A teeny-tiny feeling by Jane Eagle
Every now and then I’m seized with an overwhelming urge to write, so I sit before my laptop screen, take a sip of my hot tea, my refreshing juice, my anything, set my fingers in motion and that’s when it hits me: I can’t think of
 Life and luck by Jan Sand
War is not an aberration of existence. Peace is an illusion. Every living complex from the individual cell to entire civilizations must, to exist, continually adjust itself to maintain its sustainable dynamic against the multiple assaults of a flu
 Killing by Jan Sand
One of the fundamental capabilities of a living organism is the power to kill. Each living thing is a neat package of tasty edibles. Life either takes its energy directly from solar radiation and its substance from the soil and the air or appropri
 Staring into the magician's eyes by Asa Butcher
"I finally finished Sophie's Choice, err I mean, Sophie's World!" I exclaimed to Thanos, after four weeks of steady progress through its 480-pages. Thanos smiled and asked, "So, did it ma
 The burnt pig and the cat's behindThe burnt pig and the cat's behind by Jan Sand
Charles Lamb, in his Dissertation on Roast Pig, tells of the discovery of cooking when somebody's house burns down with his pig inside. After the flames have subsided, the bereaved owner discovers the po
 Jane of Thought: Back and forward by Jane Eagle
I’ m asking myself how unbelievable are all these anachronisms that our eye catches all around. I mean, you turn on TV and bam… there’s a love story in action that should have taken tele-place decades before. Who gets touched by
 Unconditional love by F. A. Hutchison
Sex! Three letters, 'S-E-X!' These three letters get more than their share of attention! We think we understand the meaning of these three letters, the word 'sex,' but what about its companion, the word, 'sexuality?' What a
 On 'Promises!' by F. A. Hutchison
'The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have PROMISES to keep, and miles to go before I sleep!' Henry David ThoreauAnd what are the 'promises' Thoreau is talking about? The 'promises' to himself to
 $1 million lesson! by F. A. Hutchison
A recent title to an editorial in 'China Daily,' probably the most widely read English-speaking publication in China: 'As we get wealthier, do we get happier?' I read the editorial (in the February 11-12th edi
 The True Meaning by F. A. Hutchison
Isn’t it interesting how questions go unanswered for years, if answered at all? But, it seems to me that questions are always more important than answers anyway! Take for example one question which was asked of me at the Hindu Vi
 Postmodernism deconstructed by John Ray
I rarely read philosophy these days. I went into the basic philosophical questions in my student days and shortly thereafter had published my conclusions about the nature of mind, the nature of ethics, the nature of cause and
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