Philosophy Discussion Day 2

Subordinated ends less than the ends to which we

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subordinated ends less than the ends to which we subordinate  them; the lower subordinated ends are means; they’re  instrumentally valuable We value being here in class less than we value  graduating If ends went on forever, desire would be pointless and vain But desire ISN’T pointless and vain Desire does have a point: happiness. If you continue to  ask some one why why why they’ll get to a point where  they just say I want to be happy Therefore, there is some highest end that we value for it’s own  sake and that is happiness; it’s valued only intrinsically o Arguments for a particular view of what happiness is Examination Argument is valid because if the premises are true then the conclusion must  be true Question the premises that are most damaging to your opponent o Look at the one that the rest are most dependent upon
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Three possible reasons as to why someone can no longer respond o You don’t know the answer o The answer is obvious When examining an argument for flaws or faults, consider that  there’s an alternate explanation that might work better to the  one that appears obvious  o There is no answer Function arguments: argues for a particular view of the nature of happiness When focusing on evaluating something you have to evaluate it in relation to  it’s function o A bad screwdriver isn’t one that won’t hammer in nails
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