ESSAY WRITING HANDBOOK FOR PHILOSOPHY STUDENTS
Evan Thompson & Duff Waring
Department of Philosophy
NOTE: This handout is required reading for all s tudents. Part I is a guide to writing a
proper essay for a philosophy course.
How Reason Can Survive The Modern University: The Moral Foundations Of Rationality
Dallas Willard - For the American Maritain Association meeting at Notre Dame, Oct 19th to 22, 2000.
When I speak of reason surviving the modern university, I refer to reaso
FUNDAMENTAL MORAL ATTITUDES Dietrich Von Hildebrand1
Moral values are the highest among all natural values. Goodness, purity, truthfulness, humility of man
rank higher than genius, brilliancy, exuberant vitality, than the beauty of nature o
Unit 5 - Ethics
The available options for Ethical Theories
A. Ethical Realism and Ethical Nihilism defined and described
1. Types of Ethical Realism - Moral truths are discovered and exist independently of the
opinions and interests of humans.
Unit 4 Metaphysics Lecture: Plato and Aristotle E Clark April 5, 2011
2. Metaphysics: the study of reality
a. Can be general: what it is to exist, question of universals, modality, notions such
Unit 3 Transition Lecture: Does Epistemology Kill Metaphysics? E. Clark March 29, 2011
Elements of this Transitional Unit
Descartess answer to External World Skepticism this engenders a major turn in philosophy
from a focus on metaphysics to a focus on
Unit 1E - Epistemology Lecture: Platos Meno, Knowledge and Skepticism E. Clark February 26, 2011
Three branches of philosophy
Metaphysics The study of reality
Epistemology The study of knowledge
I II. Axiology (Mainly Ethics) The study of value(s)
Unit 1E - The Nature of Philosophy Lecture: Platos Republic E. Clark February 21, 2011
Books I & II
Asks the question essentially What is justice? (331c)
A definition: to give each what is owed to him conventional justice (331e)
The rejection of conventio
Philosophy Papers Guidelines Phil 105 13 Spring, 2011
Assignment: One paper in which you argue for a thesis about a philosophical issue in an area of
Prospectus due 3/1.
First draft due 4/5.
Final draft due 5/3.
RECENT ADVANCES IN METAPHYSICS
E. J. Lowe
1. Philosophy, metaphysics and ontology
There is a widespread assumption amongst non-philosophers, which
is shared by a good many practising philosophers too, that
'progress' is never really made in philosophy, an
Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?
Edmund Gettier is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This short piece, published in 1963, seemed to many decisively to refute an otherwise attractive analysis of knowledge. It
Final Study Guide - PHIL 105-21
Be prepared to articulate and explain.
Unit 1 What is Philosophy?
The universal assumptions that are part of the natural attitude.
How it is that these assumptions make philosophy possible.
Meditations on First Philosophy
in which are demonstrated the existence of God and the distinction between
the human soul and body
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bilious when suffering from burning fever) is a matter of art.
[980a]  All men naturally desire knowledge. An indication of this is our
esteem for the senses; for apart from their use we esteem them for their own