Schelling – Predestination and Freedom (in the Matrix)

Schelling received lots of attention for his exceptional talents as a philosopher, publishing his first essay at 20 years old. At one point he was roommates with Hegel. You could say Schelling was the hare, and Hegel was the tortoise. Schelling’s ideas evolved radically throughout his career, and his popularity wavered throughout his life. Although… Continue reading Schelling – Predestination and Freedom (in the Matrix)

Kant – Cause and Effect

Pre-Socratic (Greek philosophy before and contemporaneous to Socrates), Eastern (from the little I know about it), and much of Western philosophy are rooted in arbitrary metaphysical claims, according to Kant. The Pre-Socratics were particularly concerned with determining whether the world was one shifting reality (the One), two dueling forces, combinations of a few elements, or… Continue reading Kant – Cause and Effect

Kant – What Can We Know and the Self

On some level, all important philosophy changes the assumptions behind a problem wrestled for decades or centuries by philosophers. In the case of Kant, he changed the assumptions behind a surprising number of philosophical problems. What can we know?  Can we know the objective truth?  Can we ground the truths of math/geometry?  Can we ground… Continue reading Kant – What Can We Know and the Self