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What is philosophy? (3)

By Douglas Anele In ethics, proposed standards of right or good conduct are thoroughly scrutinised and various ethical theories on offer dissected to determine their strengths, weaknesses, and applicability in real life situations. Of course, it is a grave mistake to think that ethics is a mere academic discipline, for it is of the utmost
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What is philosophy? (2)

Moving further on the subject matter of philosophy, some prominent logical positivists, notably Rudolf Carnap, maintain that the core function of philosophy is the clarification of language, particularly the language of science. David Papineau submits that the discipline involves “thinking hard about the most difficult problems that there are…[and] requires an untangling of presuppositions: figuring
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Rare Isaac Newton ‘Laws of Motion’ manuscript discovered in French library

A first-edition copy of Isaac Newton’s groundbreaking book laying out his three laws of motion, which became the foundation for modern physics, has been found at a library on the French island of Corsica. Vannina Schirinsky-Schikhmatoff, director of conservation at the Fesch public heritage library in Ajaccio, said she discovered the copy of the 17th-century
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Edo: On the anvil of a new governance philosophy(2)

THE present government in Edo under theleadership of Mr. Godwin Obaseki came to power under no illusion that it will not be business as usual. His approach to political campaign was uncommonly frank and techically detailled, completely devoid of the usual highfalutin and bombastic promises of Eldorado. He told his audience at Irrua, Esan Central for instance, that he will not speak to them like a typical politician who will promise what was impracticable and dull their criticality by large sums of monetary gift.

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Philosophy, unceasing quest for the good life (2)

Therefore, we interpret the idea of love contained in Russell’s definition as containing the elements highlighted by Fromm. However, making allowances for the turbulent and deep emotional attachment characteristic of romantic love, the kind of love intended by Russell involves tolerance, kindness, and feeling of solidarity for fellow human beings. Now, thinkers have hotly debated the problem of knowledge since the earliest beginnings of philosophy.

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We run a ‘student first’ philosophy – Egboka

On June 3, 2009, Professor Boniface Egboka emerged the 4th substantive vice-chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, NAU Awka, for a five-year term which ends in June next year. In this chat with Vanguard Learning in Awka, Egboka speaks on the journey so far, how the university has maintained a steady academic calendar and raised funds for capital projects. Excerpts:

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