October 16th, 2016
Assignment 1: Are you sure youre not a brain in a vat or a Cartesian thinking thing
deceived by an evil genius into believing that your senses give you reliable information
about an external world? More specificall
November 18, 2016
Professor Olaf Ellefson
Is there a single, absolute mind- and language-independent reality?
The concept of metaphysical realism or of a mind- and language-independent reality has
boggled many philosophers
As of the fourth century B.C., Confucius was regarded as a sage who had
deserved greater recognition in his time. By the second century B.C., during
Chinas first Han Dynasty, his ideas became the foundation of the state
ideology. Today he is wid
Monday, January 12th, 2015
Philosophical investigation of knowledge.
In Greek, 'episteme' means 'logic' (among other things).
These can be divided into two main categories:
1. How do we know things?
2. What do we know?
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
The Five Modes of Phyronnism
In his brief discussion of the five modes (a mode simply referring to a method or means),
Phyrrho claims that one of the main difficulties with developing knowledge is that it appears
to depend o
Monday, January 19th, 2015
Skepticism and Descartes
Rene Descartes lived in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Descartes' masterwork was the Meditations on First Philosophy
We will focus mostly on the first three meditations
The Meditations is thought to be