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Midterm Essay Exam Questions Summer 2011 For your midterm exam, you will be required to write on one of these three questions (Epistemology, Self, Mind and Body). Questions will be distributed randomly, and you will not get a choice of which question to answer. Therefore, be sure and prepare to answer all three, as you won't know which one you'll get. Essays should be between 4-5 single spaced handwritten pages. You will have 80 minutes to take the exam. 1. Epistemology--Discuss in full detail Cartesian Skepticism, Hume’s Skepticism and Kant’s epistemology. Then discuss how the themes of skepticism and knowledge are portrayed in the films The Matrix, Total Recall, and Inception, referencing specific scenes. 2. Self --What are the philosophic problems that occur when discussing the traditional concepts of the "self?" In answering this question discuss the following philosophers and their theories on the self in detail:
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Unformatted text preview: Descartes, Locke, Hume, and Kant. Also mention criticisms of the theories of self when appropriate. What philosopher or philosophers’ theories of self are portrayed in the film Total Recall and the TV show Stargate: SG-1? Explain specific scenes from these works of science fiction and how the two address the problem of the self. 3. Mind and Body--What is the Mind/Body Problem? Be sure in answering this question you discuss ontology, Cartesian Dualism and his arguments for Dualism, and other dualist attempts to solve the mind body problem. Then discuss the major contemporary materialist theories of consciousness in detail, explaining how they attempt to solve (or dissolve) the problem. How do The Matrix and Stargate: SG-1 address the mind-body problem? Explain specific scenes from these works of science fiction in answering this question....
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