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The Nature of Ideas: The Comprehension of an Idea, The Extension of an Idea, The Relation between Comprehension and Extension

The Nature of Ideas: The Comprehension of an Idea, The Extension of an Idea, The Relation between Comprehension and Extension

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 [...]

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