“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong” – Bertrand Russell

Disclaimer: Pseudo Political argument below! Also, Sorry for the hiatus, life has been very busy but I’m back and ready to philosophize! Bertrand Russell, a personal idol of mine, is one of the most prominent philosophers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Russell was the son of a Lord, god son of John … Continue reading “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong” – Bertrand Russell

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“Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily” – William of Ockham

This quote, often referred to as Occam’s razor because it gets rid of (like a razor to hair) unnecessary explanation of events, was uttered by William of Ockham. William was a well-known friar, theologian and scholastic philosopher with much of his attention being focused on natural philosophy and theology. Occam’s razor did not begin with … Continue reading “Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily” – William of Ockham

Why We Do What We Do? – A Philosophical Rant

Why do you reluctantly wake up every day  to go to a job you dislike? Why do we force ourselves to go to social events we don’t want to? Why do we try to lose weight? These along with many other questions are often answered with the statement “because I have to” or “because I … Continue reading Why We Do What We Do? – A Philosophical Rant

“This Too Shall Pass”

This post will differ slightly than some of my others. While my other posts have given a bit of background and context on the etymology of the quote, this quote doesn’t come with a dense philosophical background. I will say that, from my research, it seems to have risen to prominence from a speech by … Continue reading “This Too Shall Pass”

The Unexamined Life

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates (470-399 BCE) As with most of our knowledge about Socrates’ this quote came through the medium of Plato in one of his dialogues, Apology.  This statement is said by Socrates’ at his trial after being sentenced to death by poison. Socrates was charged with impiety and … Continue reading The Unexamined Life

I Think, Therefore I am… Screwed

"Cogito ergo sum" … I think therefore I am. This is one of the most recognizable philosophical quotes of all time. It was Renee Descartes attempt to prove our existence. The argument goes something like this, if we doubt our own existence, the act of doubting alone proves that we exist because existence precedes thought. … Continue reading I Think, Therefore I am… Screwed