Anaxagoras, also born near Miletus but then living in Athens for a time, agrees with Empedocles, his contemporary, that Parmenides was right

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Next we look at Empedocles, who is influenced by his predecessors the Milesians, Pythagoras, Heraclitus as well as Parmenides. Empedocles holds that

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If Heraclitus asked the question of the one and the many, Parmenides gives us a rigid answer. He breaks with the method

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Heraclitus lived in Ephesus, not far from Miletus, around 500 B.C. Heraclitus is not so much interested to know the causes of

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Mathematics is fundamental to the Pythagorean view. First, geometry originated in Egypt but was transformed in Greece. The Egyptians were flooded each

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One of my all-time favorites, Pythagoras is in my personal view the key to understanding the metaphysical tradition of ancient Greece. While

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The next noteworthy early Greek philosopher, Anaximenes, was an associate and follower of Anaximander. But if I were Anaximander, I would be

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Aristotle draws a distinction between the poets who concerned themselves with the gods versus the philosophers who concerned themselves with the investigation

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Hesiod and Homer are the earliest Greek writers of the classical period, both of whom wrote in the 8th century B.C. Homer’s

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Why have some people sought metaphysics? Being a materialist has a certain reasonability: “What you can detect with the senses exists; everything

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Materialists have always existed. Weinberg is nothing new. In the ancient world, materialism was in vogue for hundreds of years. We are

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Steven Weinberg, a theoretical physicist at the University of Texas, is a Nobel laureat in physics and has been called the pre-immanent

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  I had to smile as I descended into the bowels of my daughters’ room, like Virgil descending into the lowermost circles

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Plato’s Phaedo affords what I consider one of the most important philosophical validations that pertains to motherhood. Motherhood is about love: a selfless self-emptying

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Aristotle was concerned with human happiness. Aristotle’s word for “happiness” is eudaimonia, which is better translated “flourishing.” An acorn that falls into

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One of the most important passages in the whole corpus of western philosophy was written by Plato who describes the final hours

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John Paul II goes on to emphasize that the family—comprised of mothers, fathers and children—is the specific way that humans are made

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John Paul II develops this illumination of motherhood through the fatherhood of God: “When in union with the apostle, we bow our

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In his Letter to Families, John Paul II charts new theological territory, exploring ways that motherhood is made in the image of

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Motherhood may be the single most underrated human occupation in the contemporary West. It has not always been so. The vast majority

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