Hierocles and The Cosmopolitan Ideal in the Ancient World.

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Hierocles and The Cosmopolitan Ideal in the Ancient World.

Hierocles and The Cosmopolitan Ideal in the Ancient World.

The origins of cosmopolitanism can be traced all of the way back to the 4th Century BC, to the then much loved (as indeed he still is today) Diogenes of Sinope, who having been forced into exile from his home city of Sinope moved to Athens to live the simple lifestyle of an ascetic, sleeping in a cracked pot in the marketplace and begging for food. The exploits of Diogenes are manifold and legendarily famous, he turned philosophy into a performance-art, demonstrating his values through deeds not just words, becoming a hugely popular and much-loved figure in and around Athens.

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The Boy With No Brain…

The Boy With No Brain…

Dear Lord Justice Kendal, my name is William Anderson. My friends call me ‘Billy’ or sometimes ‘Willy’ depending on their moods, older people mostly call me ‘Bill’. I also have a variety of ‘nicknames’ dished out by my friends, most of which wouldn’t be wise to reveal to you. I clearly understand what is appropriate despite being labelled by the media as the ‘Boy with no brain’. I am not thick! Indeed I’ve done well in school. Though apparently, I might have my certificates revoked due to the flawed perception my teachers and examiners have of me. They claim that

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The Existence And Essence Of The Galloping Horses – A Praxis Approach

The Existence And Essence Of The Galloping Horses – A Praxis Approach

I really think this is true, namely, If you can apply the tools of philosophy to make sense of the everyday waking world we all inhabit then it becomes a useful practical utility under your belt because you’re involved in interacting with the world in a philosophical way. Those abstract concepts that are able to be put into practise (praxis)  towards the world as opposed to just being purely abstract concepts entertained by the armchair philosopher enables philosophy to enrich your life. The notions of existence and essence are able to be put into practise, to give these notions substance I’ll have to lead by

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What is Existence & Essence?

What is Existence & Essence?

  Existence and essence, ah that philosophical duality opposed daggers drawn and yet despite the antagonism they need each other in order to be. Though, If I were to hazard a guess in separating these philosophical twins I will say this, if we negate existence and are then left with essence, then the outcome that we have is called fiction. Which is why stories and events that have not existed in reality are confined to the fiction section of a bookstore. but I digress. I go on to define existence and essence and discuss the differences between the two:   Existence refers to the state of something which is extant now,

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Little Blue Men

Little Blue Men

Derek started the truck, it’s electric engines powered up with a gentle whine, as the headlamps came on, illuminating the courtyard fence. He hated starting early, it was something about the eerily large eyes of the Little Blue Men, glistening in the dark, black as tar, but reflective nonetheless, almost too large for their child-sized skulls… The Boss was ‘the Boss,’ for a reason, whatever the old man said, had to be done. It was Derek’s turn to get out of bed and do the early shift, he daren’t give the fat, old, bastard any excuse to replace him with

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Carbon Copies, Reincarnation in Materialist Form – Part 1

Carbon Copies, Reincarnation in Materialist Form – Part 1

Did you know that due to the nature of matter that given enough time, material and space there will at some or other have to be an identical copy of you? The bigger the universe gets the more likely there is to be a copy of you out there somewhere and that’s because in the approximate 1 cubic meter of space that you inhabit there’s only so many finite combinations of matter that can occur, hence the idea that if it was physically possible to traverse the universe, it’s highly likely that you could not only meet your doppelganger, but

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10 Things that you can learn from Nihilism…

10 Things that you can learn from Nihilism…

Size is important! 1. Firstly that you are really small, the universe is big, other universes (should they exist,) might be even bigger, but you are just a lump of biological matter attached to a spinning lump of rock, orbiting a nondescript star. You are tiny and not that important! After all, there are billions of humans and you’re just one of them, a grain amongst a beach of sand, even more so when you add in all of the rest of the planet’s flora and fauna. Life is a beach, but it’s a really big one and you’re just

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An interview with his Noble Majesty, the Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

An interview with his Noble Majesty, the Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

At the standup, philosophers were known to be very great admirers of the Stoic emperor Marcus Aurelius and the wealth of philosophical teachings that he’s gifted us with. Not only was Marcus a great philosopher, but he was one of the best leaders of not only Rome but the ancient world too. It’s only natural that a great man like Marcus would dominate the Roman world, were he alive today I’m sure that he’d dominate this world too. Were it possible to interview him today we think that it might go something like this… Goals and Enemies. Q. As emperor

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Nietzsche and the abyss – The unity of nothingness.

Nietzsche and the abyss – The unity of nothingness.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche Nietzsche was a brilliant philosopher whose intellectual life was crippled by serious amounts of pain and discomfort and a slow descent into madness, the primary cause was a progressive and untreatable brain condition that resulted in his almost complete immobility in later years due to stroke. Nietzsche died two deaths, his mind died in 1899 at the still tender age of 44 after suffering a

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

I’ve recently been struck by the fact that the noble Emperor Marcus Aurelius began his meditations by giving thanks. The first book ‘The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Debts and Lessons,’ begins with him listing in words every good person that he’d met who’d had some positive influence on him. Everyone from old friends, advisors, people of note and teachers are included. He includes both the exalted and the humble in this first meditation. Whilst initially you might think, ‘what’s the point of this?’ desperately trying to plough through it to the ‘interesting stuff,’ (like I did) about life, the universe

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