Adventures in Philosophy

Introductory Essays
Philosophy and the History of Philosophy
Philosophy in Perspective
Philosophy and Common Sense
Background Essays
The Roots of Philosophy
The Emergence of Philosophy
Philosophy and Science
Philosophy and Life
Metaphysics and Its Problems

Adventures in Philosophy is a section of The Radical Academy devoted to a brief history of philosophic thought from its beginnings in ancient Greece down to the present day. It is divided into four periods: Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, and Recent Philosophy and separate sections for American Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy, Jewish Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Eastern Philosophy. The historical periods do not necessarily follow the dating given by professional historians and periods may overlap; they are merely convenient division points.

Each period is divided into smaller periods which emphasize some common philosophic denominator. While the thinking of individual philosophers is emphasized, there are sections giving transitional information so that their ideas are seen against a cultural background and are related to events contemporary to their lives.

The discussion of a philosopher or a philosophic school may include:

  • A short biography of the philosopher or the philosophic school
  • A list of works by the philosopher
  • A list of works by the philosopher available on the Internet
  • General remarks about the philosopher or school
  • The main philosophical questions the philosopher or school is concerned with
  • The particular doctrine of the philosopher or school
  • A critical analysis of the position of the philosopher or school
  • How the philosopher or school fits into the philosophic stream of thought

One of the unique features of this brief history of philosophy is a section at the end of many of the discussions called “Positive Contributions of (the philosopher or philosophic school) to the Perennial Philosophy.” It is here that one sees how a thinker or school of thinkers fits into the Realistic stream of philosophy or has been antithetical to it.