Who was Marx personally: A brief history of a mean-spirited private life (Part 2)

In the previous post, I’ve narrated about two aspects (out of the five), namely the struggle for power and the dream of a better world, which I thought to be necessary in understanding who Marx personally was, that is, far beyond his celebrated writings and pronouncements. This kind of inquiry, I believe, is important because Marx was… Read More Who was Marx personally: A brief history of a mean-spirited private life (Part 2)

Who was Marx personally: A brief history of a mean-spirited private life.

Concerning ourselves with the thinkers of the modern times, Karl Marx (1818-1883), arguably, had the most impact on actual or concrete revolutions towards politics and, to how we might  live (at least globally). Moreover, his ideas impacted “as well [the] minds of men and women, than any other intellectual in modern times,” says the renowned… Read More Who was Marx personally: A brief history of a mean-spirited private life.

What do we mean by saying “we need to respect other religions?”

Very often, we usually get defensive when we encounter disputes concerning religious matters. That is our usual response, especially to those whom we disagree the most. In result of having those kind of conversations, we usually hear someone pulling out the defensive one-liner: “We need to respect other religions!” But we have to admit it. For… Read More What do we mean by saying “we need to respect other religions?”

Why “follow your dreams/passion” may be a misleading mantra for success

“Follow your dreams/passions!” That phrase is always present in most, if not in every commencement exercise. You can also hear that whenever an athlete or an artist wins an award – follow your dreams/passion! But have we spent some time assessing whether that phrase is actually beneficial? Sure, it may be beneficial for someone who… Read More Why “follow your dreams/passion” may be a misleading mantra for success

It is irrational to believe anything on insufficient (or the lack) evidence?

Do we need to have a sufficient evidence in order to believe something to be the case? Is it irrational to believe anything on insufficient evidence? Philosopher W. K. Clifford (1845-1879) argued it to be case, and called it the ethics of belief. “It is wrong always, everywhere and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence” (Clifford… Read More It is irrational to believe anything on insufficient (or the lack) evidence?

God exists — Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways

One of the greatest thinkers in Christendom who ever lived was Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). He was a prominent scholastic philosopher in the Medieval period, where philosophers wrote very systematically. In his treatise on the existence of God (in his work Summa Theologica), he began by pointing out the aim of the Scripture as “to teach the knowledge of God,… Read More God exists — Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways