Monthly Archives: June 2014

Thoughts on a quote from Burton Dreben

Burton Dreben (1927-1999) was a Harvard professor whose influence upon academic philosophers has been great, despite a paucity of publications. Indeed, his influence has been so strong that some people refer to his students as being “Drebenized”, or molded in … Continue reading

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In defense of armchairs

Generally, in any conflict between long-held, seemingly obvious beliefs and new research challenging those beliefs, defenders of the old beliefs will find themselves charged with sitting in armchairs. It never is a rocking chair, park bench, hammock, or divan. It … Continue reading

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Quotes from Bréhier’s Plotinus

Émile Bréhier, The Philosophy of Plotinus, translated by Joseph Thomas (UChicago, 1958) The history of philosophy does not reveal to us ideas existing in themselves, but only the men who think. Its method, like every historical method, is nominalistic. Ideas … Continue reading

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