Unformatted text preview: 1. Read Chapter 4 of “Metaphysics: Constructing a World View.” As you do, make sure you understand the following points: • The problem of common sense realism • The two distinct assertions that make up common sense realism • Idealism as an alternative to realism • Problems with Idealism as a metaphysical theory • Scientific problems with common sense realism • The distinction between primary and secondary qualities • Scientific Realism vs. Common Sense Realism vs. Instrumentalism • Strengths of Instrumentalism • Problems of Instrumentalism as opposed to Scientific Realism • The Negative and Positive Consequences of Scientific Realism • Two Arguments that the universe had a beginning Terms: Make sure you can explain the following terms and concepts: Ontological Questions Common Sense Realism Idealism Primary Qualities Secondary Qualities Scientific Realism Instrumentalism Study Guide Lesson 9: The Nature of Reality...
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course PHIL 201 taught by Professor Beck during the Spring '08 term at Liberty.
- Spring '08