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by Megan Burke
As a philosophical method, phenomenology is the study of the appearance of things, an investigation into the way things appear in first-person experience. As a practice of reflection, phenomenology aims to understand and describe the constitutive structures of lived experience. The famous dictum of phenomenology, “back to the things themselves,” is thus a call to critically encounter and understand the meanings and possibilities disclosed in conscious experience.
Islamic Philosophy: An Introduction
by Oliver Leaman
Philosophy flourished in the Islamic world for many centuries, and continues to be a significant feature of cultural life today. Indeed, the compilation of biographical dictionaries has long been a tradition within Islamic culture. The issue of the definition of Islamic philosophy has been controversial, and it probably should be classified as an essentially contested concept. There is nothing specifically Islamic about this issue, it occurs in all systems of philosophy which are classified under the label of a particular religion.
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Idealism and Realism in German Philosophy
by Christopher Adair-Toteff
It is almost impossible to distill four centuries of German philosophy into a few pages, but one way to approach this problem is to consider that there have been two forces that have tended to dominate German philosophical thought—realism and idealism. Stated crudely, realism emphasizes the objective and the empirical world; idealism stresses the subjective and the thinking mind.
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Guide to Islamic Philosophers
The list below covers our entries on the major and many minor philosophers, theologians, and mystics who contributed to the development of philosophy in the Islamic world. They cover 1400 years of Islamic philosophical tradition, with entries ranging from the early years of the faith to the modern period and every major school of thought, from classical Peripatetic philosophy to Sufi mysticism.
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Guide to Women Philosophers
The list below covers our entries on the women in Britain, France, Germany and North America who have contributed to the history and development of philosophical thought between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries
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These articles offer practical advice on how to incorporate diverse texts into teaching and can be used both alongside and outside of content on the Bloomsbury Philosophy Library.by Luvell Anderson and Verena Erlenbusch
In diversifying our curricula, we need to be cautious: mistakes can not only thwart our efforts, but also confirm the worries of sceptics and support their resistance. Ian James Kidd (Nottingham) outlines two difficulties to take into account.
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Simone de Beauvoir was an existentialist philosopher who laid the foundation for the modern feminist movement. We sat down to talk to author Kate Kirkpatrick about everything Beauvoir, from her childhood, to her personal relationships, to her commitment to social justice movements such as the decolonization of Algeria. This episode is for anyone interested in discussing Beauvoir’s social ideals and discovering how they remain relevant today.