This is a list of keyterms in
the Philosophical Dictionary.
These are terms for important ideas or terms with many links to other
parts of the Dictionary.
Let's start with basic philosophy:
Philosophy: This gives the
definition of the OED, and provides links to
First Assumptions, Natural Logic, Natural Philosophy, Natural Realism, Metaphysics, Minimal metaphysics, and
Personalism all of which are
pretty fundamental. The last two items are worth reading if you believe
yourself to be a commonsensical sort of person. Other important items
Reason, and Wisdom.
Another basic concern is logic:
Logic: This gives a simple definition and
provides links to
Basic Logic, Classical Propositional Logic, Extended Propositional Logic, Logic Notation, Logical terms, Natural Deduction, and
Set Theory all of which are
important if you want to know about reasoning.
gives a system that explains everyday logical reasoning
of all kinds based on probability.
Then there are human persons:
This gives a basic definition and exposition and provides links to
Hypocrisy, Personality, Role,
Other important related terms are: Brain, Self-deception, Self-interest. An important aside here
- it concerns a different type of experience
than is normal - is Mysticism. In any
case, it is important to be clear about one's
personal probabilities and one's capacities for
willing, for these are fundamental to all one's
believing and acting.
Then there are a number of
important illusions and delusions:
Delusion, Self-deception, Collusion. In this context other important
terms are: Ignorance,
Prejudice, Fanaticism and Madness,
More specifically but still general, there are: Ideology, Religion,
Wishful thinking and
their generators: Priests and
Clergy. In roughly the same class are most kinds of
in which context Cant and Hypocrisy are important, as are Propaganda and indeed Advertisement. A very normal product
and cause of much illusion and delusion is
Totalitarianism, for which also see Us, Them, We.
Then there is society:
This gives a basic logical sort of definition and provides links to
Collusion, Conformism, Groups, Hypocrisy, Ideology,
Religion, Prejudice among other things, and also to Metaphysics and
Ethics and Morals. Important here are Cooperation,
Agreements, and Promises, and in general terms Leaders,
Followers, Ordinary men, Groupthinking and Roles.
There also is a useful listing of commented Politics -
introductory texts, and items on Anarchism,
Socialism and the
State and Government.
Also relevant here are Authority and
Then there is knowledge:
Knowledge: This gives a basic logical sort
of definition and provides links to
Experiment, Fallibilism, Science, Scientific knowledge. Here
also enter concerns like Adequacy, Wishful thinking,
Theory and Representing. Also relevant here are Propositional Attitude
and concerns relating to Probability
I wish you much pleasure and