Sept 12 - Office hours: 3-5:30pm on Mondays Role of...

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Office hours: 3-5:30pm on Mondays Role of Philosophy Some basic moral intuitions don’t depend on religious belief, this suggests two initial characterizations: - Philosophy holds nothing sacred (there is nothing in philosophy that is beyond discussion) - Rational Argument is crucial to philosophy. Acceptable arguments are reasonable but they exclude authority, tradition, and faith because all these are appealed to only by those who have already lost the argument. A third characterization: - Philosophy aims at changing our vision of the world by argument. Therefore in philosophy, it’s the argument that is expected to change your vision. A fourth characterization: - Like religion, its aim is to understand things in general and the place of humans in the universe. Unlike religion, for philosophy. . A fifth characterization - Like science, it proceeds by argument and is always open to refutation. Philosophy’s central attitude is sceptical. - Unlike science, philosophy has no fixed no definitive methods for solving its problems. It’s always trying to find some, but as soon as it succeeds it becomes science.
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