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Architectural Values…

It is obvious that architecture is a large part of city planning, especially the aesthetic aspect thereof. Architects have been making philosophical obervations about the human value of architecture ever since before the era of classical Greece…  ...

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Knowledge: Glossarial Encyclopedia Entry

Author: Bruce Long Discipline: Philosophy Subdiscipline: Epistemology (The study of what knowledge is and how we get it) Categories/Topics: Epistemology, Reliabilism, Informational Epistemology, Justified True Belief, The Gettier Problem Philosopher(s):  Fred Dretske, Edmund Gettier, Alvin Goldman, Plato Relevant Work: (Refer to Amazon recommended reading at bottom of article.) Epistemology, or the study of knowledge and the nature of knowledge, is a long standing discipline in philosophy. Knowledge is most often – or historically has been most often – associated with true beliefs defined in some way. More contemporary theories of knowledge focus on the role of causality and causal chains...

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Physicalism: Encyclopedia Glossarial Entry

Author: Bruce Long Discipline: Philosophy Subdiscipline: Metaphysics (specifically ontology) Categories: Ontology, Metaphysics, Metametaphysics, Philosophy of Science Philosopher(s): Frank Jackson, Willard Van Ormand Quine, David Papineau, Michael Devitt, Jonathan Schaffer . Relevant Work: (Refer to Amazon recommended reading at bottom of article.) Physicalism is a commitment to the idea that all that exists in the world as real – all of its existents – are physical or reduce to physical things or structure(s). Determining what is real and how it exists is part of the study of science and of the philosophical discipline of ontology, which latter is a large part of the...

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The Philosophy of Aesthetics, The City, and Esthetic Perception

– Bruce Long One of the most striking relationships between any two bodies of knowledge and human experience is the interaction and interdependence between the city and philosophy. Yes – you read that correctly. Philosophy is the story of the city, and vice versa.  How to defend such a bold (but perhaps unsurprising) claim with substance? Well, any trained philosopher will tell you that philosophy would never have been possible without the polis, and thence the metropolis. Philosophy – and by extension natural philosophy and science – are children of the city. One cannot afford time to think and...

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