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7 08, 2017

Emilie du Chatelet – European philosophy

By |2019-05-18T09:08:25-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Emilie du Chatelet, a French philosopher in the 1700s Did Emilie du Chatelet go to school? Emilie du Chatelet's rich father, who was interested in literature and science, hired tutors to homeschool her, instead of sending her to a convent school. She learned Latin, German, Greek, and Italian, as well as math and science. [...]

6 08, 2017

David Hume – European philosophy

By |2019-09-04T10:40:27-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

David Hume, the European philosopher Who was David Hume? Soon after Hobbes and Locke died, starting in 1739 AD, David Hume published more important books about philosophy. Hume disagreed with Descartes' idea that people did what their reason or logic told them was best. Thomas Hobbes John Locke René Descartes The Enlightenment All our modern Europe articles Hume thought [...]

6 08, 2017

Hume project – European philosophy

By |2018-04-08T11:14:26-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

David Hume, the European philosopher So David Hume died of cancer in 1776 AD, just as Americans were writing the Declaration of Independence. Hume's ideas had a huge effect on the Declaration of Independence, but he would probably have disagreed with Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers on some points too. What might Hume have [...]

6 08, 2017

René Descartes – European philosophy

By |2019-05-06T07:44:32-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

René Descartes Who was Descartes? René Descartes was one of the earliest philosophers of the European Enlightenment, in the early 1600s AD. He was just 8 years younger than Hobbes. While Descartes was growing up, Henry IV was killed, Marie de Medici ruled, and then Richelieu. More about Hobbes The Enlightenment All our European History [...]

6 08, 2017

Simone de Beauvoir – European philosophy

By |2019-05-02T07:07:21-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Simone de Beauvoir was a philosopher Simone de Beauvoir's childhood Simone de Beauvoir's family lost most of their money after World War I. But by the early 1900s, even struggling families tried to send their daughters to school. De Beauvoir and her sister went to a good convent school. De Beauvoir thought of becoming a [...]

6 08, 2017

Margaret Cavendish – European Philosophy

By |2019-03-07T16:06:05-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Margaret Cavendish Who was Margaret Cavendish? Margaret Cavendish was a little younger than Hobbes and Descartes, but she knew both men. She had many philosophical debates with them when they were all living in Paris. More about Hobbes And about Descartes All our Europe articles Cavendish proposed that even things that seemed separate from your body, [...]

6 08, 2017

Mary Astell – European philosophy

By |2019-02-04T06:09:16-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Mary Astell Mary Astell's backstory Unlike the slightly older Masham, and most other Enlightenment philosophers, Mary Astell was not from a really rich family. Who was Damaris Masham? Enlightenment philosophers All our modern Europe articles Mary Astell grew up in England. Like other girls in the 1600s AD, Astell never went to school, though her family [...]

4 08, 2017

Thomas Aquinas – Medieval philosophy

By |2018-04-21T13:19:58-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Philosophy|0 Comments

A book in Thomas Aquinas' handwriting For many years before Thomas Aquinas was born, men like Ibn Sina and Ibn Rushdin the Abbasid Empire had been reading the Quran, and reading Aristotle, and trying to find ways to get these two important books to agree with each other. They were trying to explain how the universe worked in a way that honored [...]

4 08, 2017

Thomas Aquinas – Dominican monk

By |2018-04-24T09:23:15-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Philosophy|0 Comments

Naples, with Mount Vesuvius in the background Like Ibn Rushd and Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas was a great thinke who tried to figure out the relationship between science and religion. But unlike Ibn Rushd and Maimonides, Aquinas was a Christian. Thomas Aquinas was born in southern Italy, at his father's castle, in 1224 or 1225 AD. It was just after the death of Francis [...]

27 07, 2017

ibn Rushd – Medieval Islamic Science

By |2019-09-08T07:23:49-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Philosophy, Science|0 Comments

Ibn Rushd prayed and studied in this Cordoba mosque Can science and religion work together? Since the time of Socrates  - or before - many people have tried to figure out how science and religion can both be true at the same time. Ibn Rushd, like the earlier ibn Sina and al-Ghazali, was part of this [...]