Niccolo Machiavelli Born - May 3 1469
On this day in 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born. A lifelong patriot and diehard proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli became one of the fathers of modern politi...
Has Science Realized This 350-Year-Old Alchemist Wish List?
Many regard Boyle as the father of chemistry and the inventor of the modern experimental method. He was unafraid to explore the natural obscurities of his time or to drum up excitement about what the ...
What 'Cosmos' Got Wrong About Giordano Bruno, the Heretic Scientist
He was hailed as a bonafide science martyr in last night's Cosmos premiere. Not so fast, Tyson.
Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal (/pæˈskæl, pɑːˈskɑːl/; [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was ed...
Niccolo Machiavelli Born - May 3 1469
On this day in 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born. A lifelong patriot and diehard proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli became one of the fathers of modern politi...
Has Science Realized This 350-Year-Old Alchemist Wish List?
Many regard Boyle as the father of chemistry and the inventor of the modern experimental method. He was unafraid to explore the natural obscurities of his time or to drum up excitement about what the ...
David Hume
David Hume (/ˈhjuːm/; 7 May 1711 NS – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scept...
Pascal's Wager
Pascal's Wager is an argument in apologetic philosophy devised by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal (1623–62). It posits that humans all bet with th...
What 'Cosmos' Got Wrong About Giordano Bruno, the Heretic Scientist
He was hailed as a bonafide science martyr in last night's Cosmos premiere. Not so fast, Tyson.
Voltaire
François-Marie Arouet ([fʁɑ̃.swa ma.ʁi aʁ.wɛ]; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire (/voʊlˈtɛər/; [vɔl.tɛːʁ]), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosop...
Francesco Mario Pagano
Francesco Mario Pagano (8 December 1748 – 29 October 1799) was an Italian jurist and author. He is regarded as one of the greatest Italian Enlightenment thinkers and considered the founder of the...
Tabula rasa
Tabula rasa (/ˈtæbjələ ˈrɑːsə, -zə, ˈreɪ-/) refers to the epistemological idea that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that therefore all knowledge comes from experience or perce...
Labor theory of property
The labor theory of property (also called the labor theory of appropriation, labor theory of ownership, labor theory of entitlement, or principle of first appropriation) is a theory of natural law tha...
Franciscus van den Enden
Franciscus van den Enden (Antwerp c. 5 February 1602 – Paris, 27 November 1674) was a former Jesuit, Neo-Latin poet, physician, art dealer, philosopher, and plotter against Louis XIV of France a...
Franz Jakob Clemens
Franz Jacob Clemens (4 October 1815 – 24 February 1862) was a German Catholic philosopher, a layman who defended the Catholic Church even on theological questions.
Clemens was born in Koblen...
William Rawley
William Rawley was the chaplain of several major 17th-century English figures, including the philosopher Francis Bacon, King Charles I, and King Charles II. In this role, he served as Bacon's literar...
Cartesian materialism
In philosophy of mind, Cartesian materialism is the idea that at some place (or places) in the brain, there is some set of information that directly corresponds to our conscious experience. Contrary t...
Petrus Cunaeus
Petrus Cunaeus (1586, in Vlissingen – 2 December 1638, in Leiden) was the pen name of the Dutch Christian scholar Peter van der Kun. His book The Hebrew Republic is considered "the most powerful...
5148 Giordano
5148 Giordano (5557 P-L) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on October 17, 1960 by Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels at Palomar Observatory.The asteroid was su...
Projectivism
Projectivism in philosophy involves attributing ('projecting') qualities to an object as if those qualities actually belong to it. It is a theory for how people interact with the world, and has been ...
Jakob Lorber
Jakob Lorber (22 July 1800 – 24 August 1864) was a Christian mystic and visionary from the Duchy of Styria, who promoted liberal Universalism. He referred to himself as "God's scribe". He wrote that ...
Berkeley Studies
Berkeley Studies (Berkeley Newsletter until December 2007) is an annual on-line academic journal established in 1977. It publishes scholarly articles on anything related to George Berkeley. The journa...
Francis Hutcheson (philosopher)
The Rev. Francis Hutcheson (8 August 1694 – 8 August 1746) was a Scottish-Irish philosopher born in Ireland to a family of Scottish Presbyterians who became known as founding fathers of the Scottish E...
Nola
Nola is a municipality in the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy, situated in the plain between Mount Vesuvius and the Apennines.
Nola in Bronze Age times was the site of a settlement that has y...
Claude Adrien Helvétius
Claude Adrien Helvétius (/hɛlˈviːʃəs/; [ɛlvesjys]; 26 January or 26 February 1715 (sources differ) – 26 December 1771) was a French philosopher, freemason and littérateur.
Claude Adrien Helvétius ...
Claude-Adrien Nonnotte
Claude-Adrien Nonnotte (b. in Besançon, 29 July 1711; d. there, 3 September 1793) was a French Jesuit controversialist, best known for his writings against Voltaire. At nineteen he entered the Society...
David Derodon
David de Rodon or plain Derodon (ca. 1600–1664), was a French Calvinist theologian and philosopher.Derodon was born at Die, in the Dauphiné. He had the reputation of being one of the most eminen...