Philosophy

Sophia by Young Shanahan

Readers of the blog know I’ve studied world philosophies, particularly Vedic. If you study to higher degrees, you usually end up with a Doctor of Philosophy in your field. The roots of “philosophy” are interesting. It comes from a Greek term with 2 parts: Philo and Sophia. The first, Philo, means love. The Greeks described several kinds of love. Philo relates to the form called Philia, defined as social or brotherly love. We can say a loyalty or devotion to knowledge. Sophia is the second meaning wisdom. Thus, philosophia was for lovers of wisdom. Sophia (then called Sirach) was the … Continue Reading…

Know or Not

I’ve written before about the distinction between Belief and Experience. As I’ve noted, much of the debate in the modern world is about what we believe. Do you believe in God or not, for example. Many who describe themselves as Atheists or “non-believers” don’t actually recognize that this is a belief too, a belief in not believing what those other people believe. If it was not a belief, they would not feel compelled to defend it. This subject came up again in a discussion and I framed it a bit differently. I thought it useful to share that. Really the … Continue Reading…