Jacques Derrida "Go there, where you cannot go, to the impossible, it is indeed the only way of coming or going." - Jacques Derrida
This quote comes from arguably one of the most well known philosophers of contemporary times, Jacques Derrida. Jacque
Chapter 1 Socratess Predecessors
1. I dont think there would be hardly any good. The traditional mythology from Thales,
Anamunander and Anaimenes is how we look at the foundation of society. This is how
we can make sense of our culture and be able to ask
According to Kant, we gain knowledge of the world around us through inborn organizing
structures in our minds that spontaneously systematize our raw experiences. This
combines rationalism with the inborn organizing st
Pierce recommended the scientific method, which he felt combats personal prejudice.
For one thing, the method of science requires that we state not only what truth we
believe, but also how we arrived at it. The method of
1. For Platos allegory he goes on to explain the specific differences between people who
mistake sensory knowledge for the truth and people who really do see the truth.
First, the cave. This is the place where the prisoners in there can walk along this wa
Chapter 2 The Sophists and Socrates
The antilogic developed the reputation developed the reputation of taking young people
from good families and leading them in a critical and destructive analysis of their
1. Augustine believed that the central issue is determining whether important
philosophical and religious beliefs are grounded in the authority of faith and reason or
some combination of the two.
2. One of the proofs was motion. Aquinas does not
Fichte Kants view of an unknowable noumenal realm of things-in-themselves was
implausible. To address that deficiency, he adapted Kants notion of mental categories:
perceived reality is not just a construction of the cat
1. When defining these categories Aristotle had many different ideas. First, the sense idea
of logic. Now I think this makes perfect sense for what Aristotle was trying to convey.
With this a distinct difference between science and logic w
1. Pico argued that human beings are not trapped in a fixed location within the great chain
of being, and we can choose our own position. This is different from Aquinas because he
is not saying that this is because of God, it is instead it is t
1. For Augustine that meant there was no distinction between philosophy and theology, in
fact he believed that clear thinking is possible under the grace of God. Tertullian on the
other hand believed that faith illuminated reason and without faith there c
Chapter 7 Philosophy in the Early Middle Ages
1. For the first question he answered it with tree, which exists in the individual things and
tree becomes universal when we think of individual trees. The second answer was that
they exist materially in thing
October 22, 2015
Immanuel Kant: What is Enlightenment?
The beginning of Kants essay reminds me of the clip of Cornell West we watched in
class. Kant and West both talk about the way people seem to mindlessly
October 29, 2015
Truth has remained one of the central sought after themes in philosophy for thousands of
years. The simple and very unsatisfactory definition of truth is the quality or state of bein
April 10, 2013
SPH 101 12-12:50
First Amendment Rights
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution has been debated since its
inception. Free speech is a fundamental right of every United States citizen and I believe should
be one of every human
Andy Kunkel Intro to Philosophy
"Go there, where you cannot go, to the impossible, it is indeed the only way of coming or going".
Origin of Birth: El-Bair, Algeria. Birth: July 15, 1930. Death: Octob
January 24, 2013
Weekly Response Paper 1
Q: In Euthyphro, we read about what piety is not, rather than what it is. Can such negative
knowledge be a source of learning? Reflect critically on this question while remaining fair to the
January 30, 2013
Response Paper #2
Q: What is the relationship between the good, happiness and pleasure, according to Aristotle? Do
you agree with Aristotle's view? Explain.
In Nicomachean Ethics, Book I, Aristotle discusses the nature of goo
February 7, 2013
Weekly Response Paper #3
Q: For Epictetus, freedom is a practice. We need to practice what is up to us. What does it mean?
Does his view of freedom enrich our understanding of ethics? Reflect critically on these
February 13, 2013
Weekly Response Paper #4
Q: Do you view Boethius' work as (1) ethically formative, (2) too idealistic to actually be
formative, or (3) as an autobiography of mental resistance against suffering etc.? Discuss
truthfully and c
PHL- 101 AC02
February 18, 2013
Weekly Response Paper #5
Q: Discuss critically Kant's political view of the relationship between emancipation/liberation
(enlightenment) and education.
Kant certainly views liberation and enlightenment as an inherently rela
February 27, 2013
Weekly Response Paper #6
Q: Do you believe that freedom, as sacrificial creativity, expresses most authentically the journey
of who one is? Evaluate critically Marcel's and Nietzsche's view on being creators of our lives.
March 6, 2013
Weekly Response Paper #7
Q: How is philosophy of language (analysis of frames, metaphors, concepts, speech acts etc.)
pragmatic? Explain, giving examples and references to either Lakoff or Wittgenstein or other
authors whose tex
March 18, 2013
Weekly Response Paper #8
Q: Do works of art enable readers to live (affectively, ethically, intellectually, politically) better?
Under what conditions can we speak of enabling? Answer critically (critically, therefore, also,
April 10, 2013
Weekly Reaction Paper #9
Q: Does Levinas's insistence on the idea of responsibility for the other -responsibility as
"proximity," as "awakening to the other" etc.- convince you of the spiritual character of ethics?
PHL 101 AC02
April 24, 2013
Weekly Response Paper #10
Q: The subject of experience (mind, consciousness, brain) is nothing other than the brain.
Explain the meaning of this claim made by both neuroscientists and neurophilosophers. Discuss
critically the v
Social value an impact of video games
Video games have become as pervasive an aspect of our society as television,
with many people spending more time playing video games than watching television.
There are many perspectives with which to gauge