1. Thursday, September 10, 2009

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PHL100Y1 Thursday, September 10th, 2009 Philosophy = philein sophia - greek word for love of wisdom Why are you here? - theives: just to get a credit/ $$ - brokers: grade grubbers - lovers: lover of widsom/ philosopher What is philosophy? Arguing about the nature of knowledge, reality and value. Sophistry - ability to argue (falsely). to distingish this from real philosophers, “know thyself” (oracle of delphi) Socratic Method: (via Plato) Socrates never asserts, he always asks. Thought philosophy was alive, not dead. Basic Principles 1. Irony: means “distance” or “gap” -Socrates will say things he doesn ʼ t believe to advance the discussion 2. Doctrina ignorantia: pretends to know nothing - acknowledging your own ignorance/ when you think you do know, you stop asking
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Unformatted text preview: 3. Dialectic argument: moves by antagonism/ conFict/ clash of views 4. Maieusis: Socrates as the midwife of ideas - means bringing forth the knowledge that is already there Basic Mechanism: elenchus 1. general denition requested (not instances) - ex: dont show me a just man, tell me what justice is 2. denition offered 3. denition fails > counter example or similar objection 4. improve denition offered 5. conceptual relations queried: is conditional relation sufcient (good), necessary(better/ without which) or both (best) 6. repeat as necessary 7. philosophical denition found: general category, independant standard Example: Plato s dialogue Euthyphro. Asked what a pious action is, Euthyphro replies, a pious act is what the gods love...
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