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GRE Article of the Month – April 2014

How Philosophy Makes Progress
By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for The Chronicle of Higher Education

This month’s article poses the question as to whether philosophy has become obsolete. After all, what philosophy has only been able to speculate about, science has provided evidence for (e.g. the nature of time and matter, and that grey stuff behind my eyes.)

Does philosophy, then, belong alongside Tolstoy and Proust, Dickenson and Frost?

Well, to find out, have a go at this article, which at times can be quite difficult (don’t worry if you at first don’t get the distinction between the two images of “us-in-the-world”). But if you can get through all the dense ideas and language, your brain will have had a pretty good mental workout.

Below are some of the important words that appear throughout the post:

  • Irreducible
  • Premised
  • Apposite
  • Banished
  • Acquiesced
  • Rendered
  • Vexations
  • Blasphemous
  • Vociferous
  • Naysayers
  • Inroads
  • Conceding
  • Constitutive
  • Implicated
  • Reconciled


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8 Responses to GRE Article of the Month – April 2014

  1. Nafise May 27, 2015 at 5:14 am #


    Thank you for introducing this great article “How Philosophy Makes Progress”.
    I REALLY enjoy challenging stuff like this 🙂

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Thanks! It’s been a while since I’ve featured a tough article, so I’ll do my best for this coming June’s article of the month. Hope you’ll like it 🙂

  2. Silpa June 27, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Dear Chris,
    I would like to subscribe to a newspaper .Could you please let me know the best one I should go for if I am planning to subscribe only one?
    Also please suggest a list of newspapers that I should be reading ?( I could read the free articles)
    Thanks for the help.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      Hi Silpa,

      If you can only subscribe to one, it should be the New York Times.

      The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and are excellent on-line resources that offer free content.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      • Silpa June 30, 2014 at 7:30 am #

        Thanks a lot for the reply.I am planning to read The Atlantic everyday from now on.Could you please let me know on the best strategy to go about it?

        1.Do I need to focus on certain types of articles?

        2.Should I need to switch the area of reading everyday?(i.e Politics ,Business etc)

        3.In what type of articles can I find the rich GRE vocabulary or the GRE style of writing?

        Thanks again Chris.

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele June 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

          Hi Silpa,

          Great to hear! So the best way to use The Atlantic is to read the long articles, those that appear in the Magazine (though you could do worse than read the features that scroll across the home page). Here is this great article I just read on the creative dynamic between Lennon and McCartney (I found it by clicking “Magazine” on the very far right of the toolbar).

          These long articles, including this one, are invariably rich with GRE words:

          Hope that helps 🙂

          • Silpa July 17, 2014 at 6:48 am #

            I have almost started reading like one article a day from Atlantic.Since the magazine of Atlantic consists of only a few articles ,I am reading from other sections-like today I read from Business.But was able to collect only 8 new words.Am I in the right path?

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