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At the same time that European philosophers were struggling with the idea of the mind, East Asian cultures were developing their own interpretation of the human brain. This image, found in a Tibetan Monastery, provides insight into how many…

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This is a portrait of the 18th century philosopher Edmund Burke. His thoughts included societal manners and virtues, and he emphasized the importance of religion in a society. Notably, he supported the colonies in America to resist the unfair…

This painting of a scowling man wearing a scholar’s cap and brown gown has a powerful impression and a slightly threatening mood. It is said that this painting was originally painted as a personification of philosophy.


This quote shows the correlation between the acquisition of goods and knowledge. Sterne concludes that the satisfaction of new acquisition fuels the desire for more.

Scorpion and Felixwas the only comedic novel ever officially written by Karl Marx, and even then, it was never officially published. Marx loved Laurence Sterne's work, and thus this piece was heavily influenced by Sterne's The Life and Opinions of…

George Berkeley (1685-1753) was an Anglo-Irish philosopher and bishop. He is best known for his immaterialism (denial of the existence of material substances) and anti-abstractionism (denial of abstract ideas). Berkeley is traditionally listed as one…


In this passage, John Locke puts forth his ideas on the concept of infinity. He argues that, because we have never seen something truly infinite, we cannot entirely grasp the nature of infinity. This follows from his argument earlier in An Esssay…

17th century perception of slavery

All ideas come from sensation or reflection. Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper, void of all characters, without any ideas: —How comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store which the busy and boundless fancy…

The first of four books from John Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding," which details his philosophical views of the human mind.


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