These mini-courses study the growth of philosophy after its emergence in the early Greek Schools, and traces the development of philosophic thought from Socrates to its relatively full expression in the magnificent synthesis of Aristotle in the 4th century B.C. Also discussed is the retrogression of philosophy after Aristotle....
(Note: The following is a presentation of the classical Thomistic doctrine of philosophical theology for those who are unacquainted with it. Knowledge of the classical doctrine itself is valuable for any student of philosophy. This branch of philosophy is called Natural Theology or Theodicy and discovers the First Efficient...
(Note: The following is a presentation of the classical Thomistic doctrine of philosophical theology for those who are unacquainted with it. Knowledge of the classical doctrine itself is valuable for any student of philosophy. This branch of philosophy is called Natural Theology or Theodicy and discovers the First Efficient...
(Note: The following is a presentation of the classical Thomistic doctrine of philosophical theology for those who are unacquainted with it. Knowledge of the classical doctrine itself is valuable for any student of philosophy. This branch of philosophy is called Natural Theology or Theodicy and discovers the First Efficient...
The Philosophy of Man A brief introduction to rational psychology Adapted from various sources and edited by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Part Two: Life in Plants and Animals Life as it appears in living bodies is sometimes described as the capacity for self-perfective movement or activity. Sometimes this brief description is further shortened, and it...
BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE A Brief Introduction to Epistemology PART SIX The Comprehension of an Idea The Extension of an Idea The Relation between Comprehension and Extension   DIAGRAM: Comparison of Comprehension and Extension THE NATURE OF IDEAS (Con't) The Comprehension of the Idea The comprehension of an idea is the sum total of all the...
BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The purpose of this brief essay is to show that moral (or ethical) relativism is a philosophical myth that is accepted by no one who has critically examined its tenets and that those who claim to be moral relativists are really not. We are dealing here...
BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS A Brief Introduction to Ethics PART SEVEN The Virtue of Justice The virtues of prudence, temperance, and fortitude are mainly concerned with our individual problems and they help to put our private individual actions in order, relating them to our ultimate end...
THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS A Brief Introduction to Ethics by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. PART SIX The Virtue of Prudence Vices Associated with Prudence Prudence, along with fortitude and temperance, is a major or cardinal virtue upon which other virtues depend for their direction and perfection. Whereas fortitude...
THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS A Brief Introduction to Ethics BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. PART FIVE The Virtue of Fortitude Counterfeit Courage Virtues Associated with Fortitude Patience and Perseverance Most everyone agrees that fortitude or courage is an admirable quality to have...
THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS A Brief Introduction to Ethics BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. PART FOUR The Virtue of Temperance The Vices of Indulgence Living a Life of Temperance Temperance is a much misunderstood virtue today and its modern meaning is a far cry from...
THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS A Brief Introduction to Ethics Part 3: The Many Goods of Life, Virtue in General, What Makes a Moral Action “Good”? On Being a Virtuous Person BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. PART THREE The Many Goods of Life Virtue in General ...
THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS A Brief Introduction to Ethics BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. PART TWO Is there an Ultimate End for Human Action? What do We Mean by "Happiness"? Terminal and Normative Goals The Definition of Happiness Is There an Ultimate...
BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. A Brief Introduction to Ethics PART ONE Ethics and Human Acts Ends and Means What do We Mean by "Good"? Ethics and Human Acts Generally speaking, ethics is the philosophic science that deals with human acts. This definition, however, is...
By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE A Brief Introduction to Epistemology THE NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE (Con't) The Problem of Knowledge The ordinary person does not question that he has spontaneous convictions such as those described above. All philosophers admit that man has these experiences, considered as subjective states and that man is...
THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE A Brief Introduction to Epistemology by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. PART TWO Convictions Based on Sense Perception Convictions Based on Our Intellect Different Classes of Truths THE NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE (Con't) No one seriously doubts that human beings possess what is termed...
A Brief Introduction to Epistemology, Part 1 THE NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Knowledge is a primary fact of human life and experience. Everyone understands what it means "to know." We immediately encounter difficulties, however, when we try to explain and analyze this idea. The concept of knowledge eludes every...
By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. If philosophy is the search for a general ethical regulative, then it is only logical to assume that we will find the origins of early philosophy in the flow of ancient religious thought. Indeed, for a period of three thousand years and more, philosophy not only...
By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Philosophy is an edifice -- the highest and most stable edifice -- of human reason, which moves from the firm foundation of experience and rises to the ultimate cause to justify that same experience. In an abstract or absolute sense, philosophy could be realized by healthy and...