8.30.04 - Areas of Philosophy

8.30.04 - Areas of Philosophy - Areas of Philosophy...

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Areas of Philosophy Epistemology – theory of knowledge - What is knowledge? - What is the difference between knowledge and belief? Metaphysics – theory of reality - What is the nature of reality? (What is real) Ethics- The nature of good life - General Philosophy - Social Philosophy Logic – The philosopher’s tool – checking arguments for validity - What’s good, evil, right, wrong? History of Philosophy - Study past philosophers in order to succeed where they failed, and to see how their discoveries apply to our lives. Descartes Strategy in the 6 mediations - Try to answer, why should I believe what science tells me? (Answer: because it is built on strong foundations) - Not a sceptic - Searching for certainty through methodological doubt (systematic application of doubt) - Arrives at a certainty (cogito, can’t doubt thought), and abandons methodological doubt. - Employs the application of reason in order to reconstruct all the knowledge he’s rejected, due to the deception of the senses.
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