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Philosophy essay 1 - Philosophy 101 Test#1 Take-Home Essay The problem of induction is the philosophical question of determining empirical truth

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Philosophy 101 Test #1 Take-Home Essay 9/22/04 The problem of induction is the philosophical question of determining empirical truth. Moore states his “proof of an external world” by saying here is one hand, here is another, therefore two hands exist. However, the process in which Moore goes about determining that there is indeed one hand and then another is imprecise and lacks actual proof. How do we know that what we perceive through our eyes is actually a hand? Senses are not infallible, human beings have been known to hallucinate or mistake one shape seen for another. Although the likelihood is small that every person in existence is wrong about hands existing, doubt can be found in this argument. Proof of an external world can be given through Moore’s hand proof as long as the premise is followed that if hands exists the objects external to the world exist. It easy to prove that my hand exists by simply holding it up and making a gesture. It is just as easy to prove that my hand existed in the past by recalling that I had help up my hand and
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Noname during the Fall '04 term at Tulane.

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Philosophy essay 1 - Philosophy 101 Test#1 Take-Home Essay The problem of induction is the philosophical question of determining empirical truth

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