should do reading and start thinking about the issues right away, details will make most sense after we
1. What is an argument?
It is a set of reasons providing rational support for a conclusion
2. Provide an original example of an argument.
P1: All men are mortal
P2: Obama is a man
C: Obama is mortal
3. What does it mean for an argument to
The Nature of the Mind
1. Men have Minds. What does that mean according to Armstrong?
It means that men perceive, they have sensations, emotions, believe, have thoughts,
purposes and desires.
2. What does it mean to say that a complete acc
Minds, Brains and Programs
1. What is Weak AI?
Computers can be useful or helpful in studying the mind.
A computer can simulate the mind.
It can simulate understanding.
It can simulate emotions.
It simulates cognitive states.
2. What is Strong
According to Paley, why is it unreasonable to suppose that a watch found upon the ground
had lain there forever?
It has a purpose and it is designed to fulfill that purpose.
That means that it has a designer.
The watch di
What Mary Didnt Know
1. What is Materialism or Physicialism?
It is the view that only physical things exist.
Physical facts are the only kinds of facts.
2. How is the case of Mary supposed to show that Physicalism is false?
Mary knows all th
The Meaning of Human Existence
Taylor starts off by quoting Schopenhauer. What is Schopenhauers point?
Human life is meaningless.
It is pointless
It is purposeless.
What is Taylors central thesis?
Schopenhauer is right.
Human life is
The Nature of Mind
Key elements of the text
Reference: Ross Phillips, La Trobe University, Sept. 2006
Additions, editing: T. Hill, 2012
The main argument
P1: Mental states are the inner causes of behaviour.
P2: The inner causes of behaviou
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Some Terminology Philosophy [ From Greek, philia and Sophia?
SocratesAncient Greek Philosopher (d. 399 BCE), Platos teacher, main
character in most of
Computing, Machinery and Intelligence
1. Describe the Imitation Game?
2. How is the Imitation Game supposed to help us with the question, can
If a machine can pass the imitation game, then thats reason to think that it can
What is Nagels central claim?
Nagels central thesis is that life is indeed absurd.
One argument that life is absurd is that nothing we do now will matter in a million years.
Why does Nagel think that this is not a good argume
General. In general, you write a philosophy paper to convince via argument. Your overall aim is to clarify
and engage reasons for and against some claim. Our logical notions of validity and soundness are useful
tools in this process. Sup
Phil 192, Assignment Schedule #3
Read the selections by Plato and Hudson from pages 112-122. Respond to the
1. Socrates makes the key point in his second statement. By analogy with the case
described on p. 112, (i) what are p
Phil 192, Assignment Schedule #1
Read Russell, The value of philosophy and the Introductions (that is, pages 1,43,
83, 112 and 158 in your reader). Respond to the following.
1. After a brief introduction Russell develops one motivation h
Phil 192, Assignment Schedule #2
Read Gyekye and Rowe. Respond to the following.
1. In discussion of the G.E. Moore shift, Rowe says, it is a truth of logic that if I is
valid, II must be valid as well. (i) Using our account of validity,
In a paper of 34 pages develop and evaluate ONE of the responses from below to the problem of evil.
Yourpaperisduein class onTu11/12.You mayexpectgradedpaperstobereturned toyouaroundTu
Meditations on First Philosophy
What is the method of Doubt?
It is a method by which to determine what we know and what we do not know.
The method says that we do not know any claim that can be doubted. We do now those claims that
Bad Dreams, Evil Demons, and the Experience Machine: Philosophy and The Matrix
Why should we say that we have no justification for the belief that we are not dreaming right
Because whether we are dreaming right now or not, things
1St. Thomas Aquinas
The Existence of God
What is natural theology? How is natural theology different from supernatural theology?
It is theology based on natural reason and evidence and not supernatural revelation.
Identifying what we know about God thr
Pascal argues that we cannot know anything about God and whether he exists. What is the
He is infinitely incomprehensible because he has no parts or limits.
We cannot understand parts of him. He has no parts.
Paper Topic: Anselm
St. Anselm attempts to prove that God must exist in the understanding- (in the
mind) and from the concept of a necessary being- (in reality), by constructing
an ontological argument in resp