Author: Joseph Honerkamp

Positive Effects of the Pandemic?

The Corona pandemic has caused great damage in all countries of the world, in the economy, in society and for many people also in their personal lives. However, as in every crisis, positive effects were also seen during this period.  Particularly striking is the discovery of the „home office“: the…

The Syllogisms of Aristotle

In the last blog post, Aristotle presented the three types of conclusions: the logical conclusion, the dialectical conclusion and the false conclusion. Now we will have to deal with the logical conclusion, which derives a true conclusion from two true premises. This is, of course, the most important conclusion, which…

Aristotle and the Stoa

If one examines the insights of the ancient thinkers as to whether they can still be regarded as generally valid today, one encounters Aristotelian logic, apart from many mathematical and some physical statements. Although at the end of the 19th century something „better“ was found with modern logic, Aristotle’s statements…

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

If I wanted to write a treatise on the pre-Socratics, I would now have to deal in this blog post with the so-called pluralists and atomists such as Anaxagoras, Empedocles, Leukipp and Democritus. But I do not want to give an outline of the philosophy of the pre-Socratics here. This…

Zenon of Elea, the Movement or how to find seeking the better

A disciple of Parmenides, Zenon of Elea (around -490 to around -430) still attracts special attention today because of the paradoxes with which he annoyed his philosophically interested contemporaries. We now understand paradoxes to mean argumentations that lead to contradictions because an unclear or incorrect idea of a concept is…

Xenophanes and Parmenides

The search for the „One“ led the philosophers of the School of Miletus and the Pythagoreans to various principles and basic statements. The specific answers they gave are not so important to us today. It is much more interesting that they departed one step from mythological thinking and began to…

The Pythagorean Crisis

After having studied the mathematics of the Pythagoreans and other Greek philosophers of the time in the last blog post, we now have to deal with the conclusions the Pythagoreans drew from the results of their studies. For this we must first have a look at the Pythagorean community in…

The Presocratics: The Mathematics of the Pythagoreans

At the time when Anaximenes in Miletus represented the tradition of the Ionic school, Pythagoras was active in another part of the Greek culture (ca. -570 to -490).  Born and raised on the island of Samos, he is said to have spent his youth in Babylon and Egypt. There he…

The Pre-Socratics: The school of Miletus

The city of Miletus, situated on the coast of a Greek settlement of the landscape of Ionia (Asia Minor), gained economic importance in the 6th century B.C. through extensive trade relations. A social class developed for which „just about everything was available for comfort and a higher standard of living“.…

The Pre-Socratics: A Brief Overview

„The greatness of the pre-Socratics […] lies not only in the fact that philosophy began with them. For this can be argued about and has actually been argued about. Rather, it lies in the fact that many essential questions, themes and conditions of science and philosophy are to be found…

The Oneness and the Unified Theory of Fundamental Interactions

The European nuclear research centre CERN is planning to build a new particle accelerator. In a ring-shaped tunnel 500 m below Lake Geneva and with a circumference of 100 km, the physicists want to study the interactions of electrons, positrons or protons at far higher energies than before. The particle…
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