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Term Paper - John Malloy PHL105H Term Paper May 6 2010...

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John Malloy PHL105H – Term Paper May 6, 2010 Throughout this semester, much of what we’ve read in class has dealt with rather abstract topics, ideas, and theories. Often-times, two philosophers would have contrasting views on an issue, yet both would manage to explain why their theory is the correct one. For example, there are many theories on the reality of everything around us. In Leviathan , Hobbes bases much of his argument off of the existence and use of the senses, while Descartes completely disregards the idea of senses in his first meditation by saying that they are deceitful. Philosophical situations like this seem ridiculous to me; I don’t understand how such differing perspectives on this kind of issue can both be considered correct. Similarly, many theories seem to assume the existence of a God, which makes said theories hard to accept if put before an atheist. Instead of taking an issue that already has numerous “correct” theories and adding my own to the list, I decided to tackle a different kind of issue. While we have had many discussions on what around us is real, and about the nature of the human race, we haven’t mentioned once where our race is headed. The idea for this topic came after reading The Descent of Man. The idea that our race has evolved physically and psychologically is very interesting to me. While thinking about humans long ago in our earliest stages of development, I found my mind wandering towards the fact that we still have time to evolve even more. This thought intrigued me deeply and left me wondering. Not until looking back at Hobbes’s Leviathan did I find help with this issue. Although this topic will partially be speculation since there is no way to tell what the future will actually hold, it differs from the aforementioned topics because I am making more of
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a hypothesis than a theory. I accept that what I say isn’t necessarily what will happen and I’m not saying that other hypotheses on this topic are incorrect. That being said, I will get to my hypothesis: As time progresses and technology becomes exponentially more advanced, the human race will become “dominated” by the most intelligent members. Much of my hypothesis arose after reading Leviathan . In it, Hobbes talks about the equality of man. He mentions that despite innate differences in physical strength or mental ability, all men will end up equal by some means or another. His argument is that any advantage one man has over another can be nullified. Whether it be by “secret machination, or by confederacy with others,” the disadvantaged man has the means to equal out the playing field. At this point, Hobbes moves on with his other arguments and considers the issue of inequality of ability resolved. I am not so easily convinced, however.
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