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The most discussed and debated issue in modern epistemology concerns the question of
justification, which asks: What counts as legitimate/adequate support or evidence for a belief?
This is probably the most challengi
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In Philosophy, metaphysics inquires of the nature of ultimate reality. Can everything be
reduced to 1 substance (such as matter), or is there more to total reality such as mind and
Recommended order of stud
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Philosophy of religion takes a different approach than theology or religious studies (although
they can all overlap and be pursued by believers or unbelievers). In this module/week we will try
to clarify the theist
1. Philosophy of religion attempts to answer such questions as, Why does God
allow suffering? True
2. Fideists argue that to think rightly about religious matters, one should put
aside all religious commitments and be completely neutral False
3. Natural t
PHIL 201 Course Syllabus
PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY IDEAS
A survey of the major positions and figures in philosophy and the cultural worldviews and
practical applications that derive from them, focusing specifi
54 to 60
Major points are stated clearly and
Content is persuasive and
Content and purpose of the writing
Thesis has a stro
Introduction Test Review Sheet
I. Make sure you can define and/or understand the following terms.
Foundational (basic) belief
November 23, 2016 week 5
Life and reality as we know it can always be questioned. From matters such as a higher
power, to other worlds, to this simply being a figment of our imagination. Are we really here or
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 21
The Challenge to Traditional Ethics: Cultural Relativism and Emotivism
Read Chapters 2 and 3 of Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions, Cultural Relativism and
Two implications of t
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 23
Deontology and Christian Ethics
View and take notes on the video, A Comparison of Consequentialism and Deontology.
1. the areas of contrast between consequential ethics and deontological ethics
2. how the terms right and go
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 22
Read Chapters 4 and 5 of Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions, Ethical Egoism and
1. List some modern examples of egoism.
2. Explain the leap from psychological fact to ethical ought in psych
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The Problem of Evil
View and take notes of the presentation, The Problem of Evil.
What is evil? (a working definition)
Why is evil a problem for theists?
What are some proposed solutions to the problem?
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The Concept of God
View and take notes of the presentation, Approaching the Question of Gods Existence.
1. Know the 4 elements of approaching the question of Gods existence.
Read Chapter 2 of Philosophy of Religion: Thinkin
Critical Thinking Test Review Sheet
Logic: Laws and Terms
Laws of Logic:
First principles of logic: they are foundational and govern the way it works
Undeniable: if they are not accepted as true, then nothing makes sense
1. Law of non-contradiction ~(P
FINAL EXAM WE GOT THIS MOFOS
Arguments for God's Existence
apologia to offer a verbal defense
I Pet. 3:15: Always be prepared to make a defense for the hope within you.
Four aspects to my approach to the question of Gods existence
best explanation app
Deductive Arguments Exercise
1) The type of argument (categorical (C), disjunctive (D), or Hypothetical (H)
2) If it is valid (V) or invalid (I) (a deductive argument is invalid if it is possible for the
August 10, 2015
Reflection on The Matrix
There are striking similarities in idea of Descartes, Plato, and The Matrix. The film
by the Wachowski Brothers actually takes the ideas put forth in the Allego
Libertarianism free will- the free will we have if we have the ability to do otherwise.
Determinism- the extreme opposite of libertarianism. Determinists will deny we can do otherwise. The
inability to do otherwise. Everything is strictly causally determi
Epistemology- The philosophy of knowledge.
What is knowledge?
What does it mean when we say we know something?
Distinguish the way we use the word know.
We use the word know a number of ways.
1. Knowledge by acquaintance- For example: I know Bill. I know
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 5
In our last lesson, we began a study in logic and overviewed the basic terminology and types of
logical argumentation. In this lesson, we survey a number of well-known informal fallacies.
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 8
Free Will and Determinism
In this lesson, we examine our first metaphysical question: Does man really have free will or are
his choices ultimately determined by factors outside of his control? Is it some comb
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 4
A Little Logic
Logic is the primary tool or methodology in studying philosophy. Philosophy is about analyzing
and constructing arguments and a good understanding of the basics of logical reasoning is
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 3
The Importance of Philosophy for Christians
In our last lesson for this module/week, we examined why developing the philosophical mindset
is important for people in general. In this lesson, we want to ask tha
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 7
Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that deals with questions of reality. Since it deals with
literally everything that exists, it is perhaps the broadest branch of philosophy. How
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 6
In our final lesson on logic and arguing, we discuss the tasks of constructing and analyzing an
argument. Throughout the rest of this course, you will be introduced to a variety of theorie
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The Mind/Body Problem
In this lesson, we take on one of the most puzzling issues in metaphysicsthe relationship
between the immaterial mind and the material body. What is the nature of this relationship? Are
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 2
Philosophys General Importance and Divisions
Having discussed what philosophy is, we now consider why it is important for all persons in
general. (In the next lesson, we will come back to the question of why
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 1
What is Philosophy?
Welcome to this introductory course in philosophy. For our first lesson, we are going to examine
the question: What is philosophy? There are 4 ways you can get to know what a discipline is