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Unit 4 Assignment Instructions : Please note that the questions below are based on the Unit readings and are intended to be both an outline of the units’ material and the basis for your Unit Assessment, so please give your best effort to answering them thoroughly. The task is to respond to the 15 questions below . Each question will be worth 2 points. The format for submission is to include the questions with the replies. Example: How does one know what the good life is? - The good life is… 1. What is Metaphysics? List some Metaphysical questions, at least four. - Traditionally, the word Metaphysics comes to us from Ancient Greece, where it was a combination of two words – Meta, meaning over and beyond – and physics. Thus, the combination means over and beyond physics. In the definition found in most dictionaries, metaphysics is referred to as a branch of philosophy that deals with first cause and the nature of being. It is taught as a branch of philosophy in most academic universities under the label of “Speculative Philosophy.” In a more absolute sense, we like to think of metaphysics as dealing with the basic questions of life, such as the relationship of man, mind, and the Universe, which leads to answers to the age-old questions of anyone who has truly paused to reflect on life by asking the most fundamental questions of all – “who am I; what am I; where have I been, and where am I going?” 2. What is the problem/fallacy of equivocation? - The problem with equivocation is that it creates more than one meaning to a word and it makes it difficult to switch between the different meanings in a conversation or an argument. This problem applies to the term “reality” because many people equivocate on the term reality. Everyone has his or her own definition or understanding of what the term “reality” means. 3. According to the reading, what are the three different meanings given to the term reality? Give examples of each one (Reality 1, Reality 2, Reality3). Reality 1: The sum total of all that is real. An example of reality 1 would be the universe, galaxies, solar systems, and all that encompass what is known as the space-time continuum, would all be considered reality 1, because they exist and are experienced and are not imagined.
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