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The Nature of God, by Jonathan Dolhenty

The Nature of God, by Jonathan Dolhenty

(Note: The following is a presentation of the classical Thomistic doctrine of philosophical theology for those who are unacquainted with it. Knowledge of the classical doctrine itself is valuable for any student of philosophy. This branch of philosophy is called Natural Theology or Theodicy and discovers the First Efficient Cause and the Last [...]

The Existence of God—Jonathan Dolhenty

The Existence of God—Jonathan Dolhenty

(Note: The following is a presentation of the classical Thomistic doctrine of philosophical theology for those who are unacquainted with it. Knowledge of the classical doctrine itself is valuable for any student of philosophy. This branch of philosophy is called Natural Theology or Theodicy and discovers the First Efficient Cause and the Last [...]

The Sources of Knowledge

The Sources of Knowledge

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. All of us have stored away millions of bits of information, most of which, as we all know, we can't remember when we want to. What is the source of these bits of information? How we get them into our mind and into our memory? Most of us realize that many of those bits of information we have stored away are erroneous, [...]

The Criterion of Truth

The Criterion of Truth

THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE A Brief Introduction to Epistemology, Part 13 BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. We have a knowledge of reality. Reality is presented to us by our senses through the medium of percepts and our intellect fashions concepts or ideas which are representations of reality in an abstract and universal manner. But mere percepts and [...]

Ideas and Terms: Definition and Division

Ideas and Terms: Definition and Division

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Part 12 of Ideas and Terms: Definition and Division It has constantly been pointed out that clearness of ideas is essential to correct thinking. Vagueness and confusion are the greatest obstacles to clear thinking in the pursuit of truth. How many arguments could be quickly settled if only we made our ideas clear! Our [...]

Ideas and Terms: What are Terms?

Ideas and Terms: What are Terms?

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. PART ELEVEN What are Terms? How Can We Classify Terms? Supposition of Terms IDEAS AND TERMS We have now discussed the idea and its various aspects and divisions. It's time to turn our attention to the term, the expression of language we use to designate the idea. Whenever we speak or write or think, [...]

The World of Universals: Logical Universals – Predicables

The World of Universals: Logical Universals – Predicables

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Logical Universals: Predicables The logical universal expresses the nature common to many, precisely as it is applicable to many. Our intellect considers the extension of the universal and reflects on the contents of an idea to see how it applies to its subjects precisely as a universal, that is, whether as their [...]

Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. This essay is an excerpt from a much larger work I wrote in 1978 about the linguistic muddle which permeated educational theory and practice at the time. I suggested that some of the contributions made by the modern analytic movement in philosophy could help educators, and particularly educational philosophers, deal [...]

The World of Direct Universals

The World of Direct Universals

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Direct Universals: Categories An idea which expresses the essence or nature of a thing as the thing is in itself, without relation to other things or ideas, is called a direct universal. A direct universal considers and manifests only the comprehension and the intellect pays no attention to the extension of the [...]

The World of Universals

The World of Universals

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The so-called "Problem of the Universals" has been a controversial topic in modern philosophy. Controversy aside, however, universal ideas are of the utmost importance for philosophy and science. The particularities of the controversy need not concern us here and the arguments regarding their philosophical status are [...]

The Problem of Knowledge – Part 7: Kinds of Ideas

The Problem of Knowledge – Part 7: Kinds of Ideas

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. PART SEVEN Ideas According to Their Origin Ideas According to Their Relations Ideas According to Their Comprehension Ideas According to Their Extension KINDS OF IDEAS Ideas can be looked at from different viewpoints and categorized in different ways. We need to have a comprehensive understanding [...]

The Nature of Ideas

The Nature of Ideas

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The Comprehension of the Idea The comprehension of an idea is the sum total of all the attributes or thought-elements which constitute the idea in its representation of a thing. Sometimes this is also referred to as the connotation of an idea. The comprehension or connotation of an idea gives the content of the [...]

John Locke: Philosopher of Freedom and Natural Rights

John Locke: Philosopher of Freedom and Natural Rights

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. It is an undisputed fact of history that the gems of the American Declaration of Independence are contained in the writings of British philosopher John Locke, specifically the second of his Two Treatises on Government. This tract was published in 1690 in order to justify the British Whig Revolution of 1688 and laid some [...]

Equality and Liberty: Can We Integrate These Two Concepts?

Equality and Liberty: Can We Integrate These Two Concepts?

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The Greek philosopher, Socrates, once said that the unexamined life is not worth living. With all due apologies to that great thinker, I would like to suggest that unexamined concepts or ideas are not worth having and, in fact, may cause great harm. What do I mean? The rhetoric is heating up in the political arena [...]

The Complete TurtleTrader: The Legend, the Lessons, the Results, by Michael W. Covel

The Complete TurtleTrader: The Legend, the Lessons, the Results, by Michael W. Covel

BOOK REVIEW - The Complete TurtleTrader: The Legend, the Lessons, the Results. By Michael W. Covel Reviewed by Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty If readers want to learn some practical principles about financial investing, Michael Covel's new book, The Complete TurtleTrader, will probably provide them to most readers. This is an interesting guidebook to [...]

Does God Exist?

Does God Exist?

The argument over the existence of God has raged for centuries. Theists and atheists have continually debated the possibility of even presenting a rational argument on the issue. Admitting that the traditional arguments for God's existence may be flawed, I think I may have an argument that avoids both the potential logical fallacies of the past [...]

Life In Plants and Animals

Life In Plants and Animals

The Philosophy of Man A brief introduction to rational psychology Adapted from various sources and edited by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Part Two: Life in Plants and Animals Life as it appears in living bodies is sometimes described as the capacity for self-perfective movement or activity. Sometimes this brief description is further shortened, [...]

Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism, and Individualism

Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism, and Individualism

Early liberal theory began with John Locke, Adam Smith, and John Stuart Mill, writes Dr. Dolhenty BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. I have often been asked to present a brief introduction to Classical Liberalism and how it fits into the philosophical tradition of which I consider myself to be a member, that of Classical Realism. Furthermore, some [...]

The Principle of the Practical Effect

The Principle of the Practical Effect

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Pyrrho was a citizen of Elis in ancient Greece, born around 360 B.C. or so and, to the best of our knowledge, lived to be ninety years old. Pyrrho is important to the history of philosophy because he is considered to be the first great skeptical philosopher. Now it must be understood that Pyrrho was not just a "mere [...]

Thomas Aquinas: The World (Cosmology)

Thomas Aquinas: The World (Cosmology)

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THOMAS AQUINAS General Discussion from Classic Philosophers by Jonathan Dolhenty Ph.D. In determining or defining the relationship of God with the world, Aquinas departs not only from the doctrine of the Averroist Aristotelians, but also from the teaching of Aristotle himself. For Aristotle matter was uncreated and [...]

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