Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Problems of Philosophy 1(6)

The Search for Truth and the Meaning of Human Life Uploaded by: Distance Professional Learning Prof. Leszek Figurski has taught (1985-2014) at Saint Peter’s University formerly Saint Peter’s College, private, coeducational Jesuit Roman Catholic college located in Jersey City, New Jersey. This lecture corresponds with philosophy’s course Pl-101 focused on exploring the meaning of life and the Search for Truth. Modern philosophy is generally said to have begun with Rene Descartes (1596-1650) or with Francis Bacon (1561-1626) “…It is not perhaps immediately evident with what justification the term ‘modern’ is applied to the thought of the seventeenth century. But its use clearly implies that there is a break between mediaeval and post-mediaeval philosophy and that each possesses important characteristic which the other does not possess.” Copleston, Frederick , S.J A History of Philosophy, Volume IV (Garden City, New York, 1985)

The Courage to Think for Yourself

The Search for Truth and the Meaning of Human Life


This book was written with the purpose of proclaiming the duty of each individual to search for truth and the meaning of existence. The twentieth century produced such monsters as Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot who revealed the deadly drive of people who blindly followed these tyrants. Ignorance, passivity, and sheepish readiness to sell one’s life into the hands of self-made political “saviors” have created the sad reality of our times. Our world today is characterized by a growing cult of political power. There is an almost complete neglect of the individual person and of moral values in general. We should always remember that those who neglect reflection sentence themselves to repeat the same catastrophes and... more »

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