Philosophy Response Paper 1

Philosophy Response Paper 1 - correct, one can determine...

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Don Grossman Dr. Perkins Response Paper #1 (ch. 3, p. 26) 1/23/2008 Early Greek philosophy has become a stepping stone for other early philosophers such as Plato, Socrates, and others. Many questions arose from the thinking of these early philosophers, which bring about many different points of view about these situations. Although some philosophers belonged to the same schools of “thought”, many had their own opinions and did not agree with the questions and ideas that were brought about. Specifically, one question that has been asked had an ongoing debate that lasted many centuries: What is the basic reality underlying the world? In other words, what is it that makes up reality? Specifically, one point of view that struck me as not irrelevant, but very far fetched was Anaximander’s idea that reality’s primary substance is “boundless”, or indeterminate in character. His argument is based on Thales’ assumption that everything is derived from water. While we as modern peoples in society know that this is partially
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Unformatted text preview: correct, one can determine through different readings and scientific explorations that Anaximanders boundless substance is out of the ordinary. If what we call reality is based upon an indeterminate character or boundless being, then can one say that the thoughts that these thinkers come up with in their heads are from that of boundless substances? Anaximanders argument is very unique in that he is saying anything can make up what reality is. I argue that he is partially correct, in that many things do make up who we are and what reality is, but it is not boundless or infinite. A certain number of things make up reality, not an infinite amount of any substance. With that being said, many of the philosophers of the Early Greeks did think rationally in their own right. But with the different studies and thinking of todays society, it is quite easy to state that Anaximanders thought of boundless substances is mostly false....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHI 101 taught by Professor Perkins during the Spring '08 term at Canisius College.

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