Immanuel Kant: Preface to Critique of Pure Reason

Immanuel Kant is a philosopher with a divisive history.  In the English speaking world, he is generally passed over as an inaugurator of the “irrationalist” tradition of Continental Philosophy.  Bertrand Russell, for instance, regarded Kant as a second rate philosopher whose more important contributions to philosophy was ethics rather than what he is most remembered … Continue reading Immanuel Kant: Preface to Critique of Pure Reason

Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part III

In finishing the last chapters of Machiavelli’s most famous work, The Prince, we will tie up loose ends and come to an understanding of what Machiavelli was saying in his work and what Machiavelli was not saying in his work.  To review, up to this point Machiavelli’s Prince is about “practical advice” on new princes … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part III

Friedrich Schelling’s Naturphilosophie, Part I

Friedrich Schelling was one of the late German Idealists and Romantics.  Though he was a contemporary of many greats like Johann Fichte, Johann Herder (briefly), Hegel, and others, Schelling’s philosophy blossomed in the later period of German philosophy after Hegel.  Although influenced by Kant and Fichte, he also attempted to shed the solipsism of Fichte … Continue reading Friedrich Schelling’s Naturphilosophie, Part I

Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part II

As we continue examining Machiavelli’s The Prince, we turn to Chapters 10-19 which contains his most famous phrase of it is better to be feared than loved.  Well, Machiavelli didn’t exactly say those specific words in that order, but his recommendations to the Prince is that it is better to command fear than to be … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part II

The Melian Dialogue: A Philosophical Analysis

Thucydides is sometimes considered to be the most dense and thoughtful writer and thinker of Antiquity, yes, even more-so than the likes of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.  His great gift to the Western canon: History of the Peloponnesian War is one of the great classics of Western literature, history, and philosophy.  Its content, especially when … Continue reading The Melian Dialogue: A Philosophical Analysis

Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part I

Niccolo Machiavelli is a pivotal transitional figure in the history of Western philosophy and political thought.  His most famous work is The Prince, but his more important work in the Discourses on Livy.  Both are meant to be read together and together The Prince and Discourses are a full treatise on Machiavelli's theory of the … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part I