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STUDY GUIDE FOR TEST 1Introduction to Philosophy

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STUDY GUIDE FOR TEST 1Introduction to Philosophy 1. Philosophy in general. 1. What is philosophy? 2. Where did it begin? 3. What does philosophy mean? 4. What does philosophy investigate? 5. What is a good definition of philosophy? 6. With what does philosophy begin? 7. How is philosophy conducted? 8. How does it differ in method and subject matter from science and mathematics? 9. Were the sciences once part of philosophy? 10. Can philosophy change over time? If so, in virtue of what does it change? 11. Are other disciplines of interest to philosophy? 12. What does it mean for an argument or theory of philosophy to be critically acceptable? 13. What do philosophers use in an attempt to solve their problems? 14. Why do we speak of “attempt” here? 15. Is there any settled body of knowledge in philosophy with which all philosophers agree? If so why, and if not why not? 16. What does it mean to say that philosophy is a disinterested search for truth? 17. What are the main branches of philosophy? 2. The value of philosophy.
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1. How does the study of philosophy have value according to Bertrand Russell? 2. Does philosophy have practical benefits for mankind in the manner of science? 3. What does the ‘practical person’ recognize according to Russell? 4. For Russell, philosophy is ______ for the _____. 5. According to Russell, philosophy aims primarily at what? 6. Does Russell think that philosophy has had a great deal of success in arriving at solutions to the problems with which it deals? If so how, and if not why not? 7. How does a science like psychology, which was once part of philosophy, become its own discipline? 8. What does Russell say about the human intellect in relation to philosophy? 9. Are any of the answers suggested by philosophy to its problems demonstrably true according to Russell? 10. True or false, according to Russell part of the value of philosophy lies in its uncertainty. What value can philosophy provide for common sense? 11. Does Russell think that doubt is liberating or confining? Why? 12. True or false, for Russell the philosophic life is calm and free. What does Russell say is happens to the person who studies philosophy? 13.
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