The following are philosophical critiques of some
of the main issues presented in the history of
Western philosophy. These critiques are presented
from the point of view of Classical Realism,
Aristotelianism, Scholasticism, and/or Neo-Thomism.
A knowledge of the basics of Classical Philosophic
Realism may be necessary to properly understand and
interpret some of the critiques.
and the Possible Eternity of the
brief history of the philosophical discussion
surrounding the disputes regarding the eternal
existence of the universe. Includes a description
of "entropy" and its influence on the
Human Person: A Study and
A discussion of one of the most serious problems in
modern philosophy -- the body-mind problem. This
essay analyzes the theories put forth by various
modern philosophers and then argues for the truth
of the theory which has been maintained by
Classical Realism throughout the
Truth-Value of Consciousness: A Study and
A critical inquiry into the validity of the various
classes of spontaneous convictions of man furnished
by the different sources of our
and Extra-Ego Reality: A Critique of the Realistic
Does the data of experience support the
idealist's philosophy or the realist's philosophy?
Is there concrete, irrefutable evidence for the
existence of an objective, independent external
world? Can we prove that other minds besides our
A discussion of hypnosis and extrasensory
perception -- clairvoyance and telepathy. One of
the purposes of this essay is to show that these
extranormal mental states can be integrated without
a problem into classical realism's philosophical
position regarding man and his world.
Forms of Realism: A Critique of Representative and
Not all theories of sense-perception which claim to
be genuinely realistic are actually so. This essay
will straighten out the matter for you and point
you in the right direction.
Presentative Realism: A Critique and A
A discussion of the primary and secondary qualities
and a defense of why critical presentative realism
should be accepted as the most adequate theory of
Origin of Ideas: A Critique of Some Philosophical
A discussion and critique of some false or
inadequate theories of the origin of ideas
including Plato's Ultra-Realism, Descartes'
Ultra-Spiritualism, The Monadism of Leibniz,
Ontologism, Kant's Transcendental Criticism,
Locke's Empiricism, Sensationalism and
Associationism, Imageless Thought, and
A discussion and critique of: Descartes,
Malebranche, Rosmini, The Theory of Coherence,
Fideism and Traditionalism, The Test of
Inconceivability, Epistemological Monism, The
Criterion of Common Sense, Critical Realism,
Pragmatism and Humanism, and Relativism and
Fallacy of Epistemological
A presentation of Idealism, one of the most
pervasive philosophical positions, and why its
epistemology is false. Includes a discussion of The
Common Element in Idealism, The Fallacy of the
Idealist Postulate, and The Ego-Centric
A discussion and critique of some false
cosmological theories: Monism in the form of
Atomism and Dynamism and the common error of
Atomism and Dynamism.
Cosmologies of a Self-Sufficient
A discussion of why Pantheism, Materialism, and
Agnosticism must be rejected as cosmological
is Wrong With Descartes'
A discussion of why the philosophy of
René Descartes is false and/or
is Wrong With Kant's
A discussion of why the philosophy of Immanuel
Kant is false and/or inadequate.
is Wrong With Locke's
A discussion of why the philosophy of John
Locke is false and/or inadequate.
of 17th Century Philosophy: A Study and
A brief presentation of the views of seven of the
major philosophers of the 17th century and a
critique of their philosophies.
of 18th & 19th Century Philosophy: A Study and
A brief presentation of the views of the major
philosophers of the 18th and 19th century and a
critique of their philosophies.
It All Comes Together: God - Life -
George J. Irbe's thoughtful essay where he argues:
there is God, the being that which no greater can
be thought of, who is the exnihilator of the
physical universe; life is one of God's most unique
creations; its presence in the universe is outside
the bounds of ordinary probabilities; another of
God's unique creative acts is the exnihilation of
all the myriad genetic codes for all the life forms
found on earth (past, present, and future) some 530
million years ago; and much more.
What the theory of nominalism is about and why it
is is wrong regarding the status of universal
Wonder of Matter: A Philosophical Interpretation of
the Data of Modern
In this essay the intent is to retain a basically
Thomistic approach in interpreting the data of
modern science. However, at the same time the
author feels free to draw from the implications of
modern science a new application of some Thomistic
principles and concepts. Similarly, without
accepting en bloc the modern world view of
Teilhard de Chardin, he employs points of view
adapted from his vision.
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