14.0117 thoughts on philosophy

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 117.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 07:55:00 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: "Critical thinking involves a careful examination of the
    foundations upon which thinking of any sort must rely"

    Dear Humanists,

    ((Hi, I thought, this might interest you --received via *IN SIGHT
    Newsletter* --According Richard Hooker, Philosophys' chief branches
    include logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ands ethics. For more details
    about *The Origins of Western Thought and Philosophy*, please visit
    <http://people.delphi.com/gkemerling/hy/2b.htm> Thank you.
    Best Wishes
    Arun Tripathi))

    Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2000 03:32:50 -0400
    From: Editor <editor@bigeye.com>

        "Critical thinking ... involves a careful
         examination of the foundations upon
         which thinking of any sort must rely..."

                  -- Origins of Western Thought
    The Ancient Art of Thinking

    At the site <http://people.delphi.com/gkemerling/hy/2b.htm>

    The first texts that discussed abstract
    thinking began to appear in various places
    around the world around the Sixth Century
    BCE. The Greeks, a well-traveled bunch,
    probably adapted elements from many cultures,
    but their democratic institutions and
    advanced education infused these ideas
    thoroughout their society. They also created
    a body of literature that still serves as the
    curriculum for advanced thinking.

    This body of Philosophy has allowed us to
    transcend the fear and superstition
    that impede human progress.

    Our science has surpassed the wildest
    speculations of those ancient Greek
    Philosophers. Yet, the thought processes
    they developed have not been duplicated
    by the most sophisticated super computers.

    "The Origins of Western Thought", written
    by Garth Kemerling, divides abstract thinking
    into these categories:

        Speculative thinking, which expresses
         human curiosity about the world -

        Practical thinking, which embraces reality
         and our place in it -

        Critical thinking, which examines the
         assumptions on which the other two types
         of thinking rely.

    In this digital age, information is coming at
    us faster than ever. That requires us to
    refine the mental tools to evaluate, analyze,
    critique, and incorporate all these new
    ideas and concepts. Spend some time with the
    origins of Western Thought. It's a well
    written, comprehensive presentation that
    includes a dictionary, timelines, an
    introduction to logic, and biographies of the
    influential philosophers.
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