Dualism: The conviction that all concepts within the world fundamentally consist of two contrasting qualities, such as good and evil, or body and mind.
Determinism: The proposition that all events, including those of human thoughts, are causally determined by an unbroken chain of prior events.
Constructivism: The view that reality, and the methods we use to understand it, are man-made, subjective constructions rather than an objective reading of events.
The life choices that had led me to be sitting in a booth underneath a banner that read “Ask a Philosopher” – at the entrance to the New York City subway at 57th and 8th – were perhaps random but inevitable. I’d been a “public philosopher” for 15 years, so I readily agreed to join … Continue reading Three Philosophers Set Up a Booth on a Street Corner: Here’s What People Asked
Collectivism: A view that places emphasis on the group over the individual, often holding the belief that the "greater good" of the group is more important than the good of any individual within in.
French philosopher Albert Camus perhaps put it best when he wrote, “Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.”
Capitalism: An economic system based on the production of goods for profit, and the private ownership of the means of production.
Altruism: The practice and principle of using actions to benefit others, expecting nothing in return.