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Unformatted text preview: specific answer to a question (e.g., is there an afterlife?) is thus not as important, from a philosophic standpoint, as determining whether a proposed answer to the question makes sense. 11. How Philosophy Is Different From Science, Law, and Religion Philosophy challenges the assumptions of science. It does not stop with what things there are; it also examines what it means to be and questions whether thinking in scientific terms is itself justified. Philosophy questions whether social beliefs and laws are justified. The sheer fact that a society has legitimated a practice through law does not insulate it from philosophic examination and critique. Unlike religion, philosophy does not depend on faith. Instead, it emphasizes understanding and defending one's beliefs. Philosophy does not aim at commitment or salvation....
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- Fall '09