october 2008 - mind and thoughts. The real philosophical...

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Karina Santana Philosophy Brooklyn College October 2, 2008 1. What are the key questions of this chapter? The main question of this chapter is: Is there any knowledge in the world, which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it? Does matter exist? Does a table exist? If so, what sort of object can it be? What is nature? Can we tell the difference between appearance and reality? 2. How do you address a philosophical problem (question)? In order to address a philosophical problem you have to set aside idealistic and dogmatic beliefs and you need to forget about experiments meaning no more using your five senses. We need to open our minds in order to let new ideas to come in. Therefore we need to ask new questions and take it from there. It’s a way of looking at life from a new angle and examining the possibility that what we know might just be an idea and fake because it is going to change.
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3. Is there a table? According to Bishop Berkeley, Matter does not exist it is a fabrication of our
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Unformatted text preview: mind and thoughts. The real philosophical question is whether matter exists but that question is different in everyone’s mind. People have the mindset of thinking with what they know. For example they think using past experience and their five senses. Whether matter exists or not we will never truly know. 4. Does the table have a color, shape and sound? The question is whether there is truly a table or not. If there is then according to philosophical beliefs we cannot use our five senses to determine whether a table has a color, shape, sound and smell. Depending on the person they will say the color, shape, smell and sound of the table. The color of the table may seem different from the viewpoint of other. The shape should be the same in everyone’s standpoint. The sound depends on the texture and material of the table also how hard or light you press against it....
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course CORC 1210 taught by Professor Kiranja during the Fall '08 term at CUNY Brooklyn.

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