TA: Ali Jawin
Imagine feeling betrayed by your best friend. Now imagine feeling betrayed by
your own beliefs. Your own beliefs deceiving you! If you can imagine such a feeling,
then you can put yourself in Desca
Strong Principle vs Weak Principle
The Strong Principle (SP)
If it is in someones power to prevent something bad from happening, without
thereby sacrificing anything, then she morally ought to do it.
The Weak Principle (WP)
If it is in someones p
TA: Ali Jawin
1. What is the nature of mind? is an important question many philosophers look to
study when analyzing a particular branch of philosophy known as the philosophy of mind.
Amongst the many different
Philosophy 100 Final Review
Armstrongs Argument For Physicalism
Science can explain all of the phenomena in the world.
If science can explain all of the phenomena in the world, then
physicalism is true.
Therefore, physicalism is true.
Philosophy of Mind
In What Mary Didnt Know Frank Jackson takes a more forceful stance against
physicalism. Jackson presents an argument for the conclusion that physicalism is false.
His argument has come to be known as The Knowledge Argument.
The Problems of Personal Identity
The topic of personal identity is an issue at the center of metaphysics
There are many different questions that often get lumped together in discussions
of personal identity
It will be important to keep them se
The Problem of Free Will
There are two pairs of fundamental questions in the traditional free will debate:
1a: Is free will compatible with determinism?
1b: Do we have free will?
2a: Is moral responsibility compatible with determi
The Principle of Alternate Possibilities and Frankfurts Counterexample
The Principle of Alternate Possibilities (PAP): A person, S, is morally responsible for
doing something only if S could have done otherwise than do it.
What is the nature of mind?
How does the mind relate to the body and the rest of the physical world?
What is consciousness and how can it be explained, if at all?
(1) Descartes thought he was identical
Ethics is not an inquiry into what we ought to believe about the world, but, rather,
an inquiry into what we ought to do.
There are two major branches within ethics proper
In normative ethics we strive to come up with gen