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January 25, 2011 Darnley Dessimus HU Id. @026-38-409 Class Notes I. Universal Statements – must encompass a general meaning for everything. A. “Everything is what it is, everything has an essence.” Two principles which cover all possible realities: 1. Everything is what it is by its existence. 2. Everything in existence has an essence. What is the mind? 1. The mind is intelligence – intelligence is the capacity to choose – choice is the ability to make abstractions – ex. we come to Howard University to learn how to make abstractions. What is the essence of a human being? 1. The essence of a human being is hyper-rationality – ex. “God’s essence is existence.” Best example of a Universal Statement: 1. Philosophy is hyper-abstractive and hyper-reflexive (to bend back on oneself). Why do we learn philosophy? 1. To prove people wrong from their own point of view.
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Unformatted text preview: We do this to gain mastery of this skill, so we can begin to prove ourselves wrong from our own points of view to see where we were deceived in our ideologies, philosophies, and beliefs. Randall Collins quoted, Two things unite philosophers. 1. Continuing to try and be more abstract and more general. 2. Reflexivity and criticism. Bertrand Russell (Ludwig Wittgenstein was his disciple) started the Analytic Philosophy Movement-David Hume started his movement in the English language. Heidegger believed that the closer one gets to God, the closer he/she gets to nothingness. *Side Note Always have two principles of explanation for everything. 1. Does it exist? 2. Why does it exist? Pragmatism an attempt to synthesize philosophy into a good life. Animism the oldest philosophy known to man....
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This note was uploaded on 12/23/2011 for the course PHIL 18727 taught by Professor Charlesc.verharen during the Spring '11 term at Howard.

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