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How Are Heroes Relevant To You

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   My journey into philosophy started with this quote: My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as […]

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The Key to Wisdom

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   “The wise man questions the wisdom of others because he questions his own, the foolish man, because it is different from his own.”   —Leo Stein I see my personal key to wisdom as a form of […]

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Basics of Philosophy

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   For some readers, many of the issues and items presented here might seem trivial. For example, it is obvious what “something” is and that it exists. Yet that is the very point and focus of these […]

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Induction and Deduction

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   How does the process of deduction supplement the process of induction? Now we know how to design concepts and a concept hierarchy, and how to assign to the concepts corresponding definitions. We have also learned how […]

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Language and Mathematics

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   To those who do not know mathematics, it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature. […] If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, […]

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The Value of Language

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   Concepts and, therefore, language are primarily a tool of cognition—not of communication, as is usually assumed. Communication is merely the consequence, not the cause nor the primary purpose of concept-formation—a crucial consequence, of invaluable importance to […]

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Concepts

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   If names are correct, there is order; if names are allowed to become confused, there is disorder. What causes the confusions of names are explanations that involve an excess of elegance and subtlety. If explanations involve […]

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Ontology

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   “I am, therefore I’ll think.”   —Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged In the natural sciences, things and events of every kind are dissected into their parts and then separately surveyed and categorized. This categorization occurs irrespective of the individual […]

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Why You Need Philosophy

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   In a few years, I must finish a certain work. I need not hurry myself; there is no good in that—but I must work on in full calmness and serenity, as regularly and concentratedly as possible, […]

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Properties of Language

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   Our perception of the world began with the perception of entities and the consciousness of our own existence. From these first perceptions, we have formed an entity-based language. In contrast to this, process-based language is centered on representations of changes in […]

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Epistemology

This is an excerpt from Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge Epistemology [Ontology] and epistemology are simultaneous—what exists and how we know it are the foundation that starts together. And that’s why the very first axiom is “Existence exists, and the act of grasping this implies there is something, and we have the faculty for being aware […]

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How can a visit to an Italian restaurant help us to better understand the world?

  We live in a complex world, but language helps us to grasp even complex situations. What is the connection between pizza and heroism? At first, the two hardly seem related–one is a favorite dish and the other is a way of life. But understanding how pizza delivery works can give us insight into how we can […]

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What does math have to do with becoming a hero?

  We live in a complex world, but it is possible to understand even “irrational” aspects of it. What is the connection between mathematics and heroism? At first, the two hardly seem related–math is about measuring things, and heroes do immeasurable good. Isn’t one limited and the other limitless? But the two are, in fact, […]