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P H I L O S O P H Y   P A T H W A Y S                   ISSN 2043-0728
http://www.philosophypathways.com/newsletter/

Issue No. 210
24th March 2017

CONTENTS

Edited by Craig Skinner

I. 'The Philosopher: An Appreciation of Aristotle' by Craig Skinner

II. 'Popper's Verisimilitude: The Scientific Journey from Ignorance
to Truth' by Nicholas Anakwue

III. 'J.S. Mill's Notion of Qualitative Superiority of Pleasure: A
Reappraisal' by Madhumita Mitra

IV. 'Atheism and Anti-Theism' by Ruel F. Pepa

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EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

This issue comprises four articles and is an eclectic mix. I hope
there is something of interest for all. Men in pubs (less often
women) commonly debate who is the all-time greatest boxer, footballer
or tennis player, say (the answers of course are Joe Louis, Pele and
Bill Tilden). On confessing an interest in philosophy, I am sometimes
asked who I think is the all-time greatest philosopher. In the first
article, I argue for my choice of Aristotle. Nicholas Anakwue follows
with his article on Popper's verisimilitude [...]

Read more...

http://www.philosophypathways.com/articles/Craig_Skinner_Philosophy_
Pathways_Issue_210_Introduction.pdf

(c) Craig Skinner 2017

Email: ingridandcraigskinner@btinternet.com

About the editor:
http://www.philosophypathways.com/newsletter/editor.html#skinner

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I. 'THE PHILOSOPHER: AN APPRECIATION OF ARISTOTLE' BY CRAIG SKINNER

"Those who have spent time arguing instead of studying things as they
are show all too clearly that they are incapable of seeing much at
all" (Aristotle, "On Generation and Corruption")

Aristotle here urges his students to pick up their cuttlefish to
study its form rather than pick up their Plato to study the Forms.
Philosophy is a sustained, systematic attempt to understand the
world, our place in it and how we should live. Reliable knowledge
about the world is a good start, and science is the way to get it.
Not that science can tell us all we need to know. That idea is a
philosophical one, and science has little to say on some key aspects
of human life such as love and spiritual development [...]

Read more...

http://www.philosophypathways.com/articles/Craig_Skinner_The_
Philosopher_An_Appreciation_of_Aristotle.pdf

(c) Craig Skinner 2017

Email: ingridandcraigskinner@btinternet.com

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II. 'POPPER'S VERISIMILITUDE: THE SCIENTIFIC JOURNEY FROM IGNORANCE
TO TRUTH' BY NICHOLAS ANAKWUE

The concepts of truth and science are philosophically interwoven.
Science is essentially, a body of knowledge - proven knowledge. And
as Russell expresses, truth is wider than knowledge, because truth
defines knowledge. Science, as a result, makes its progress, as a
body of knowledge, in an increase in or convergence towards truth.

In common parlance, truth is generally held to be the actual, the
real. This rests on the basis of the distinction we often utilize in
characterizing what is true from what is false. Heidegger tells us,
by way of example, that when we speak of 'true gold', we distinguish
it from 'false gold', which is 'not actually what it appears to be',
a mere 'semblance'. Truth, therefore, is seen in a metaphysical sense
to encapsulate the real. In such wise, one can opine that truth is
what is. This characterization of truth, thus, raises the historical
nuance of the concept's development within the province of
philosophy, and its primary instantiation in metaphysics [...]

Read more...

http://www.philosophypathways.com/articles/Nicholas_Anakwue_Poppers_
Verisimilitude_The_Scientific_Journey_from_Ignorance_to_Truth.pdf

(c) Nicholas Anakwue 2017

E-mail: nikibertx@gmail.com

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III. 'J.S. MILL'S NOTION OF QUALITATIVE SUPERIORITY OF PLEASURE: A
REAPPRAISAL' BY MADHUMITA MITRA

In this paper, an attempt has been made to provide an account of
Mill's notion of qualitative superiority of pleasure. Question might
arise: Why venture into such an age-old issue? My humble intention is
to clear up certain misunderstandings that I have noticed to occur
from his notion of qualitative difference between pleasures.

In the essay Utilitarianism, Mill has distinguished between pleasures
on the basis of quality saying that a given pleasure is considered to
be qualitatively superior, if it appeals to man's higher faculties.
Mill's appeal to higher faculties has led most of the readers to
think that he has given emphasis upon intellectual pleasure over
sensuous pleasure. This is true indeed! Mill has made a very
important distinction between pleasures of reading poetry and that of
eating food. But, the question is: in what sense? [...]

Read more...

http://www.philosophypathways.com/articles/Madhumita_Mitra_JS_Mills_
Notion_of_Qualitative_Superiority_of_Pleasure_A_Reappraisal.pdf

(c) Madhumita Mitra 2017

Email: jmitam.mitra@gmail.com

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IV. 'ATHEISM AND ANTI-THEISM' BY RUEL F. PEPA

Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens
(who passed away very recently) are dubbed by media as the four
horsemen -- or the four musketeers -- of atheism. But are they really
atheists? These guys whose lifetime obsession has been to discuss
and write on the non-existence of deity we generally call god in the
western context have been famous -- and notorious to irate god
believers -- in their articulation of arguments and inferences on the
impossibility of god's being. Their attacks are directed towards
classic theological statements spelled out by theologians in
publications, preached by priests and pastors on pulpits and aired by
televangelists on TV, among others [...]

Read more...

http://www.philosophypathways.com/articles/Ruel_F_Pepa_Atheism_and_
Anti-Theism.pdf

(c) Ruel F. Pepa 2017

Email: ruelfpepa@gmail.com


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