This week, a student asked me the question (via Quora) ‘What ethnicity is God?’ This is definitely a question to be answered in terms of religious language – how can we describe God? To ask ‘What ethnicity is God? is a personification – you cannot apply human qualities which is a non-human form. The same … Read moreWhat Ethnicity is God?
Studying ethics? Why not spend an evening watching the screwed up psychological thriller ‘The Box‘ starring Cameron Diaz? This tense movie has an intriguing ethical premise. ‘The Box’ definitely gets you thinking on a philosophical level. It is based on the short story ‘Button-Button‘ by Richard Matheson. The Box Set in 1976, ‘The Box’ is … Read moreThe Box – Philosophical and Psychological Thriller
Ever wondered what lead Carl Gustav Jung to his views on religion? Ever wanted to know more about Jung’s working relationship with Sigmund Freud? I know I have! The purpose of this blog is to attempt to answer some of these questions on the background or history of Jung’s views, rather than to explain Jung’s … Read moreThe Young Jung – A Background to Carl Gustav Jung
It’s back to school time, Philosophers! I’m really looking forward to the new term. Today, I am here to recommend the best books for you new Philosophy course. Philosophy is a fantastic course to study. Your brain will be challenged with rational and ethical thinking. Why is Extra reading of Philosophy Books Important in your … Read moreTop 5 Philosophy Books for the New Term
First of all, congratulations to everyone on their great GCSE results this year. I hope that you are happy with your results, and that you are now aspiring to work towards further study, which is a great decision. However, choosing the right further education courses can be difficult, you are still quite young to be … Read moreShould I Study Philosophy?
Is it ever really possible to speak about God? Traditional answers on talking about God have centred on the via negativa (negation or what God is not) and the via affirmative (the affirmative or positive way). Some philosophers, such as the Vienna Circle, argued that any talk about God was meaningless. There are three main … Read moreWhat is the Difference between Univocal and Equivocal Language?
Philosophy is generally divided into four categories – Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary. Western Philosophy is said to have its origins in Ancient Greece (the ancient cities of Asia Minor). Ancient Greek Philosophy tended to overlap with science and ethics. So, who are my Top 5 Ancient Greek Philosophers? Top 5 Ancient Greek Philosophers #5 … Read moreAncient Greek Philosophers: Top 5
What is Logical Positivism? Logical positivism is essentially the challenge of science. During the enlightenment period, the main challenge of science presented itself to religion, with its origins in questions of logic and how we could know what was true. Logical positivism as a term was first associated with a group of empirical philosophers in Vienna … Read moreLogical Positivism and the Vienna Circle
Over the last few blogs, I have been taking an interest in Freud and his views on religion. As you know, Freud was a psychologist and psychoanalyst who dispelled religion as an illusion. In my last blog, I explored the positives of Freud on religion by asking ‘Is there any Truth in Freud on Religion?’. … Read moreA Criticism of Freud on Religion
Despite the criticism Freud receives for his far-fetched psychoanalysis of people and religion, there are some positives which can be drawn out from his work. #1 Paul Tillich’s Positive view on Freud Paul Tillich welcomes Freud analysis of religion. This is because Freud seemed to draw attention to the way in which Christianity had become … Read moreIs there any Truth in Freud on Religion?