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phil.1017 - Philosophy 20A Hannen 10/17/07 Paper - go to...

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Philosophy 20A Hannen 10/17/07 Paper - go to course website. Click paper1, how you want to open it, select Microsoft word then save file and select open from download pop up Theory Evaluation Confirmation/disconfirmation; strength/weakness Some Criteria: Consistency – does the theory contain contradictions? Simplicity – does the theory postulate more entities then are necessary to explain phenomena? Scope – how general are the explanations that the theory yields? - broad Conservatism – how much of what we take ourselves to know would we have to give up? – give up a lot, not conservative. Are the concessions required proportionate to the force of the arguments? Heraclitus The theory of flux Cannot step into the same river twice Arche = fire, explains process of change, not element of fire but underlying dynamic of change, fire is a symbol More straightforward, riddling, paradoxical style Things don’t exist, there is only something that explains the existence of things
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course PHIL 20a taught by Professor Hannen during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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