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Karene Jade Howie - Student of Philosophy and overworked shop keeper!
Hello and welcome to the Philosophy Shop. We have a beautiful gallery of famous portraits and fine art prints with profound quotes from many of the greatest minds of human history - making it simple and easy to find artful intelligent gifts for friends and family (and yourself of course!).

We have purchased a variety of things (posters, journals, calendars, caps, t-shirts, buttons, coffee mugs, etc.) and can confirm their high quality. But most importantly, the daily experience of seeing these portraits and words of wisdom is a cheerful reminder of the more noble and beautiful aspects of our human nature & creativity.

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'At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.' (Aristotle) 'Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world; it is appeased by love. This is an eternal Law.' (Buddha) 'I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.' (Spinoza) 'The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.' (Bertrand Russell) 'The scientist only imposes two things, namely truth and sincerity, imposes them upon himself and upon other scientists'. (Erwin Schrodinger) 'The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.' (Euclid) 'I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.' (Marie Curie) 'Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.' (Seneca the Younger) 'If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.' (Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR))
'Since philosophy is the art which teaches us how to live, and since children need to learn it as much as we do at other ages, why do we not instruct them in it?' (Michel de Montaigne on Philosophy of Education) 'The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.' (Herbert Spencer) 'The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction.' (Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi) 'No one was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrancy of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language.' (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) 'In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.' (George Orwell) 'Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.' (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 'No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.' (Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Women) 'Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.' (Francisco de Goya) 'QUESTION: What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a philosopher? ANSWER: An offer you can't understand.'

20th Century Western Philosophy & Philosophers

We hope you enjoy browsing our gallery of 20th Century Western Philosophy. Our selection includes portraits and interesting quotes from famous contemporary Philosophers include such as Albert Camus, Michel Foucault, Carl Jung, A.J. Ayer, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, Karl Popper and Jean Paul Sartre.

'Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. For philosophical problems arise when language goes on holiday.' (Ludwig Wittgenstein)Philosophy of the 20th Century is characterised by being postmodern in nature (no absolute truths), idealist (we can't say anything physically exists, all is a representation of the mind) and concerned with logical and linguistic analysis.

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is famous for making us realise that while we do not know reality then all words are ultimately just human constructions without absolute meaning or truth (which comes from relating words to things that physically exist), thus language is a tautology.

'Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. ... But what are the simple constituent parts of which reality is composed? - What are the simple constituent parts of a chair? - The bits of wood of which it is made? Or the molecules or atoms? ...The fluctuation of scientific definition: what today counts as an concomitant of a phenomena will tomorrow be used to define it.' (Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1889 - 1951)

Albert Camus: Existentialist Writer

Albert Camus: Existentialist Writer
"In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." (Albert Camus, 1913 - 1960)

Albert Camus Philosophy of Friendship Quote

Albert Camus Philosophy of Friendship Quote
"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend." (Albert Camus, 1913 - 1960)

Social Criticism: Michel Foucault Art and Life

Social Criticism: Michel Foucault Art and Life
"What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is only related to objects, and not to individuals, or to life."

Carl Jung Psychology vs Astrology

Carl Jung Psychology vs Astrology
"We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, ...have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." (Carl Jung, 1875 - 1961)

Imagination and Fantasy: Jungian Psychology

Imagination and Fantasy: Jungian Psychology
"All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination."

Carl Jung Synchronicity / Cause and Effect

Carl Jung Synchronicity / Cause and Effect
"The connection between cause and effect turns out to be only statistically valid and only relatively true. ... I define synchronicity as a psychically conditioned relativity of time and space." (Jung

British Philosophy History: A. J. Ayer Certainty

British Philosophy History: A. J. Ayer Certainty
"The quest for certainty has played a considerable part in the history of philosophy: it has been assumed that without a basis of certainty all our claims to knowledge must be suspect."

Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophy Language

Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophy Language
"Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. ... The meaning of a word is its use in the language."

Bertrand Russell: Free Noble Life

Bertrand Russell: Free Noble Life
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly." (Bertrand Russell)

Bertrand Russell: Philosophy of Thought

Bertrand Russell: Philosophy of Thought
"Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free."

Russell: Certainty of Fools, Wisdom of Doubt

Russell: Certainty of Fools, Wisdom of Doubt
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."

Bertrand Russell on Eccentric Opinions

Bertrand Russell on Eccentric Opinions
"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."

Bertrand Russell on Critical Thinking

Bertrand Russell on Critical Thinking
"Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so." (Bertrand Russell)

Bertrand Russell: Anti War Activism Quote

Bertrand Russell: Anti War Activism Quote
"War does not determine who is right - only who is left."

Bertrand Russell: Rational Man Humor

Bertrand Russell: Rational Man Humor
"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this."

Karl Popper: Falsifiability and Reality

Karl Popper: Falsifiability and Reality
"Denying realism amounts to megalomania (the most widespread occupational disease of the professional philosopher)."

Open Society and Social Criticism: Karl Popper

Open Society and Social Criticism: Karl Popper
"In my opinion, the greatest scandal of philosophy is that, while all around us the world of nature perishes ... philosophers continue to talk, ...about the question of whether this world exists."

Jean Paul Sartre: Existentialism

Jean Paul Sartre: Existentialism
"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."



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Karene contemplating all the work she has done on the Philosophy Shop!ABOUT YOUR SHOP KEEPER: KARENE HOWIE
My partner (philosopher Geoff Haselhurst) and I are building a large philosophy website which is the source (and inspiration) for most of the Philosophy images and quotes in this shop.
Below are some of our favourite philosophers / quotes and links to relevant pages of our website. Philosophy (which is ultimately about Wisdom from Truth and Reality) is important to our world (all proceeds from this shop are used to promote our work on Philosophy).
Thus we also hope that you find our philosophy website interesting!
Cheers, Karene. (August, 2010)

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'Most of the fundamental ideas of science are simple and can be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone. ... Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.' (Albert Einstein) 'Metaphysics is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance. ... And here we will have the science to study that which is, both in its essence and in the properties which it has.' (Aristotle, 340BC) 'When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.' (Albert Einstein) 'What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space. Particles are just schaumkommen (appearances).' (Erwin Schrodinger on Quantum Physics / Wave Mechanics) 'Can we visualize a universe which is finite yet unbounded? ... The supreme task of the physicist is to arrive at those universal laws from which the cosmos can be built up by pure deduction.' (Albert Einstein) 'There is nothing more necessary than truth. ... One does not want to be deceived, under the supposition that it is injurious, dangerous, or fatal to be deceived.' (Friedrich Nietzsche on Philosophy) 'Although I am fully convinced of the truth of Evolution, I by no means expect to convince experienced naturalists. But I look with confidence to the future naturalists, who will be able to view both sides with impartiality.' (Charles Darwin) 'If religion is the establishing of a relationship between man and the universe, then morality is the explanation of those activities that automatically result when a person maintains a relationship to the universe.' (Leo Tolstoy) 'Analyse any human emotion, no matter how far it may be removed from the sphere of sex, and you are sure to discover somewhere the primal impulse, to which life owes its perpetuation.' (Sigmund Freud) Evolving a healthy lifestyle. Preventative medicine of physical exercise and consuming clean air, water and nature based organic food.
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