Reading Assignment #1
In this section, Marion claims that because of a few constrains of the erotic reduction, selflove is impossible. According to his argument, those constrains are linked to two types of
aporia depending on either we concern with only a
YISS 2016 Introduction to Philosophy Pre Midterm Review
1. Who was Parmenides? What did he argue for?
A Greek philosopher who created the first a priori argument
1. What is, is.
2. What is not, is not.
3. For something to come into exist
TO: Professor Graham
RE: Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism
DT: July 29 2016
FR: Juliet Kim
Dear Professor Graham,
I am writing this memo in regards to your upcoming debate. You will be arguing for
naturalism and, therefore, be arguing against supernaturalism
Mind-Body Problem - the issue of what mental phenomena really are and how they
relate to the physical world
Substance Dualism - mind & body consist of two fundamentally different kinds of stuff,
or substances-the mind being of nonphysical stuff, & t
- Psychological, mental things - connected to human body
- Psychological & physical events
- Mind is the brain
- Immortality of soul
Parmenides Argument - 1st a priori argume
God & Evil
Theodicy - attempt to explain why God of theism is compatible w/ evil
Evil - unnecessary suffering
Modifying ones conception of God
Deism - universe has intelligent architect who is non-moral
PHILOSOPHY: THE QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING
- Philosophy is the name given to both a discipline and a process
- Discipline: one of the humanities
- Process: mode of reflection for understanding lifes most important truths
- Philosophical Method - systematic u
- 1. Morality-right and wrong-is objective and not just a matter of social
- 2. Morality is not objective unless God exists.
- Therefore, God exists.
- Eva: Are good actions good because God commands them, or does God
1. What do you think philosophy is?
I think philosophy is introspection in which one delves into his/her sense of
thinking. With introspection, one searches for the meaning of life and how it affects ones
way of thinking.
2. What do philosophers thin
Chapter 1: Outside Boston - God, Value, and Meaning
Theo - Theist
- Believes God exists
- Goodness is objective
Eva - Atheist
- Believes God doesnt exist
- Believes God is not necessary for morality
- Euthyphro - Actions are good IFF God commands th
- Conceptual engineering
- Philosophers study the structure of thought
- Involves seeing how parts function and how they interconnect
- Means knowing what would happen for better or worse if changes were made
- Our concepts or ideas form the
Free Will and Determinism
OVERVIEW: THE FREE WILL PROBLEM
- Determinism - the doctrine that every event is determined or necessitated by preceding
events and the laws of nature
- Problem of Free Will - the challenge of reconciling determinism with our int
1. What is Anselms version of the ontological argument?
1. The greatest conceivable being exists in the mind alone or reality as well.
2. If the GCB is in the mind alone, then you can conceive of something greater:
the GCB in reality as well.
Reading Assignment #3
The initial and continuous encounters of a new-born baby with his mothers face provide
powerful force in human existence and relationship. Messages and love of mother are often
picked up intuitively and immediately from her face expr
Reading Assignment #2
In section 15, Marion brings the idea of reciprocity and claims that love is a paradigmatic
example of a non-reciprocal relation. In explaining his argument, he describes reciprocal and
non-reciprocal relations. First, according to M
Reading Assignment #4
In section 19, Marion claims that nothing can separate me from the freedom of playing the
lover (pg.92). Through this quotation, he argues that although making love in advance does
not depend on me, loving to love, whether it gives a
- Critical reasoning on fundamental questions
- Clarifying the meaning of concepts
- Constructing and evaluating philosophical theories
- Devising and evaluating logical arguments
- Philosophers provide reason for thinking their i