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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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education

An Example of Applied Philosophy BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Applied philosophy involves the application of philosophical principles and concepts to the practical affairs of the human condition. Philosophers have written widely on such topics as science, law, politics, religion, history, and education. They have sought to have an influence [...]

What Do We Mean By Applied Philosophy?

What Do We Mean By Applied Philosophy?

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Classical realists generally define the academic discipline of philosophy as the study of all reality in its ultimate causes and principles through the use of human reason alone. We also differentiate various branches of philosophy, such as metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, logic, ethics, and so forth. We also [...]

A Theory of Public Nonsense

A Theory of Public Nonsense

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. An analysis of nonsense in areas as broad as social behavior, political policy, and science can be complex and intimidating. Since this is so, it seems both necessary and relevant to have some sort of conceptual framework we can use to help us as we plow our way through a sometimes complicated jungle of words, [...]

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