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December, 1999

Radiology: the eyes that look into our inner body

Created and Maintained by Team 27314, represented by Niccolò Dalla Palma.

This interesting and innovative site (a semifinalist for the international ThinkQuest competition), helps those who want to know more about this difficult but interesting subject: radiology. You can test your knowledge with the tests and quizzes.

Available in Italian, French, English or German.

Site Includes:

bulletTests and Quizzes


Jim Eggeling

The Antinous Press

Eggeling's published poems since 1970 are now collected on the web.  These poems were published in anthologies such as the historic "Male Muse", and in "Angels of the Lyre"; "Orgasms of Light"; "Gay Roots I. and II." "Queer Spirits"; and in such periodicals as "Gay Sunshine"; "Denver Quarterly"; and "James White Review".

Allen Ginsberg praised Eggeling's first book, "Th Ganymede Equation", and publisher Winston Leyland has acclaimed Eggeling as  one of the top three "Gay Movement Poets."

Site Includes:

"Th Ganymede Equation"

bullet Poems
bullet Acknowledgements

Subject:  Queer Philosophy, Hellenistic Studies, Poetry


October, 1999

John Landon

The Eonic Effect: A Glimpse of Evolution

A New Approach to history and evolution based, based not on one evolution, but the transition between them. Based on Kant's Challenge, Is there a pattern of Universal History. The theory revolves around Kant's Third Antinomy.

This work documents the discovery of the eonic effect in the context of the explosive growth in our archaeological and historical knowledge. This uses nothing but the simplest elements of turning point analysis, periodization, and historical correlation, to construct a frequency hypothesis with respect to the emergence of civilization. We can bypass the metaphysical quagmires that haunt metaphysical history with a tactic no more complex than that of the economist studying economic cycles...

Site Includes:

bulletThe Eonic Effect
bulletEonica- Appendix I

The Eonic Effect:  A Glimpse of Evolution is to be published by  Xlibris Books in November, 1999.

Subject:  evolution, Kant, universal history, civilization


David Lourie

Dharma The Cat's Philosophy With Fur

Dharma The Cat's Philosophy With Fur blends philosophy, humor and spirituality. It has won the "10 Best On The Web" Award, and the Buddhist cartoons are translated into 8 languages. Its Inter-Faith Forum also provides an excellent basis for home study or classroom assignments.

Subject:  Philosophy Humor


Thomas Daniel Nehrer

The Essence of Reality

EoR examines life, the Oneness of Reality/Consciousness, and cultural concepts from the perspective of "Clear Awareness" -- without a belief structure to distort perception. Distinct Mechanisms of Mind are depicted to provide the reader a distinct path toward perceiving the inner, causal source of his/her real, experienced events and relationships. More than conjectural philosophical conceptualization, EoR delves into the First Person experience and understanding of life. 

Whatever you believe in seems to be true, yet beliefs never clarify reality's function -- they only distort perception of it. EoR depicts Reality's integrated Oneness, illustrates a path toward "Clear Awareness" of that Oneness, and comments on teachers and core conceptualizations common in our culture -- their strengths, fallacies, and illusions. 

Subject:  Metaphysics, Consciousness


September, 1999

Tom Bridges

Philosophy and Civil Society

This site is devoted to the philosophical examination of the nature of civil society and civic culture in general. More specifically, it addresses the contemporary crisis of liberal democratic civic culture in the postmodern period.

Subject:  postmodernism


Per Jespersen


Per Jespersen has been working with the issue of Philosophy for Children for 15 years.  He believes that since "philosophy is the background of all sciences and all human thinking... philosophy is (or should be) an important part of childhood."  As Jespersen says, " children are prephilosophical. This is the reason why it is so crucial to discuss philosophical issues with children in order to help them develop spiritually as a preposition for developing mentally and socially. Philosophy should not be a scheduled subject, but be part of education - the red thread going through all education from kindergarten to university. Therefore: go philosophize with your children."

The VisioNaivity site includes original philosophical stories for children by Jespersen:

bulletTRACTATUS PHILOSOPHICUS INNOCENTIAE -- The basis of philosophy set up in short sentences.
bulletThe Meadow
bulletThe Eye and the Mind
bulletThe Wonder Dough
bulletA Nightly Talk
bulletA day in the Forest

Philosophy for Children Essays by Jespersen:

bulletA Coky Man
bulletRedemptional Pedagogics
bulletSo Simple

Subject:  Philosophy for Children


William J. Greenberg

Aspects of a Theory of Singular Reference

In these papers, the simple form of the pure theory of identity is subordinated to a complex form whose background ontology is one of structured individuals. In the complex form, the usual axioms proceed from principles more basic; the difference between (true) "a=b" and "a=a" supervenes on features of a and b; and some identicals are modally discernible.  (UCLA Ph.D. Dissertation, 1982; published in the Garland Series Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics, 1985)

Other works by Greenberg:

bulletA Theory of Complexes
bulletThe Paradox of Identity
bulletLet X = X But Not Necessarily

Subject:  Linguistics


August, 1999

Nigel J. T. Thomas

"Are Theories of Imagery Theories of Imagination? An Active Perception Approach to Conscious Mental Content"  

Can theories of mental imagery, conscious mental contents, developed within cognitive science throw light on the obscure (but culturally very significant) concept of imagination? Three extant views of mental imagery are considered: quasi-pictorial, description, and perceptual activity theories. The first two face serious theoretical and empirical difficulties. The third is (for historically contingent reasons) little known, theoretically underdeveloped, and empirically untried, but has real explanatory potential. It rejects the "traditional" symbolic computational view of mental contents, but is compatible with recent situated cognition and active vision approaches in robotics. This theory is developed and elucidated. Three related key aspects of imagination (non-discursiveness, creativity, and seeing as) raise difficulties for the other theories. Perceptual activity theory presents imagery as non-discursive and relates it closely to seeing as. It is thus well placed to be the basis for a general theory of imagination and its role in creative thought.

Subject:  Imagination


Swami Krishnananda

Discourses by Swami Krishnananda General Secretary of The Divine Life Society Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, India. Swami Krishnananda is a highly reputed philosophical writer, especially on metaphysics, psychology and sociology. His books are known the world over as excellent presentations of answers to the daily questions that arise in the day-to-day confrontations of a human being. 

These essays cover a wide range of philosophical, metaphysical and spiritual topics.

Below are the Nine Discourses:

bulletSwami Sivananda 
bullet Purity 
bullet Religion and Spirituality 
bullet A Conversation 
bullet The Integrated Life According to the Brahma Sutra 
bullet The Difficulties of a Spiritual Seeker 
bullet The Ontological Argument in Philosophy, A Critique to the Argument, and Replies 
bullet Philosophical Deliberations 
bullet The Cosmic Mystery 

Subject:  Universality


Andrew N. Carpenter

"Kant's Earliest Solution to the Mind/Body Problem".   Andrew Carpenter wrote his dissertation under the direction of Professors Hannah Ginsborg and Daniel Warren at the University of California at Berkeley.  You will find excerpts from the dissertation, among other more recent writings on Andrew's Carpenter's World of Philosophy Website.

Below is a representative list of Andrew Carpenter's work.  For an extensive Vitae, as well as a glimpse on Andrew's current projects, visit Andrew's website.

bullet"Kant's Earliest Solution to the Mind/Body Problem"
bullet"Kant's (Problematic) Account of Empirical Concepts"
bullet"Kant on the Theological Foundations of Newtonian Science"
bullet"Knowing the Body as an External Object? The Strange case of Kant and  Bodily Self-awareness" 
bullet"Systematicity, Purposiveness, and the Facticity of Kant's Fact of Reason" 
bullet"Vis Activa is not Vis Motrix: Kant's Critique of Wolffian Mechanics" 
bulletKant's Earliest Solution to the Mind/Body Problem: Introduction 
bulletKant's Earliest Solution to the Mind/Body Problem: Chapter 1: The Cause of  Motion Is Vis Activa Not Vis Motrix 
bulletKant's Earliest Solution to the Mind/Body Problem: Chapter 2: Embodied  Cognition and Elements of Kant's Metaphysics of the 1750s  
bulletKant's Earliest Solution to the Mind/Body Problem: Chapter 3: Dreams of the  Critical Philosophy 
bulletKant's Earliest Solution to the Mind/Body Problem: Chapter 4: A New Vision of the Mind/Body Problem: The Inner Sense Thesis 
bullet"Kant's Philosophical Cosmology" 
bullet"Kant Glossary" 
bullet"Guided Tour of Kant's Philosophy of Mind" 
bullet"Kant's Philosophy of Mind" 

 Subject:  Kant


July, 1999

Tom Foran Clark


The Significance of Being Frank: The Life and Times of Franklin Benjamin Sanborn

A biography of the 19th century Concord, Massachusetts schoolteacher who befriended, and later wrote the biographies of, John Brown, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Henry James Sr. went so far as to call passionate Sanborn an instigator of the Civil War, dubbing it "Sanborn's War."  

Click here to read the review.  Subject:  Transcendentalism; biography


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