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A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH PHILOSOPHICAL TERMS
 

Francis Garden - 1878 - Table of contents

Diccionario filosófico
Voltaire.
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Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.

 

A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden
 

Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
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Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

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Fénelon

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
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A Short History of Philosophy

Alexander

 

 

Problem

Problem, πρόβλημα from προβάλλο to project, to propose. Hence problem means besides something projecting or standing out, something put forth or proposed, sometimes something to be done in practical life, as when Orestes, in the Electra of Euripides, calls the awful task set before him a problem. (1)

 

 In mathematical science, a problem is in like manner something to be done, the formation, for example, of an equilateral triangle, as distinguished from a theorem or speculative truth, such as that the angles at the base of an isosceles triangle are equal. With Aristotle, problem means question. A problem with him is something which may be true, but has to be proved. This sense remains in the adjective problematical, requiring to be made out, or proved.

 As quœstio is the Latin equivalent to problem, so questionable would seem to be synonymous with problematical. In our general use, however, the former implies something unfavourable, a tendency to reject that to which the term is applied. Questionable taste and questionable morality all but mean bad taste and bad morality. Problematic, on the other hand, merely signifies that the point before us needs proof, without at all denoting the likelihood of its failing of such proof.

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(1) EURIP. Electra, 989.

 

 

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