7 May 2011
Abortion is okay
My best friend had a child at the age of 19; this was not out of choice and it essentially robbed him of his youth. His story
is saddening and outlines the complexity of the issue of aborti
Introduction to Philosophy 101
Reflection Paper 1: Platos Meno
Platos Meno demonstrates Socrates examination of the true definition of virtue.
The entire piece, through his process of continuous questioning, j
Explain the distinction between inductive generalizations and explanatory
inferences, giving examples of each kind of argument. How do the two kinds
of arguments differ from deductive arguments?
Both are non-deductive inferences:
1. What are the two kinds of properties that Galileo distinguished between, and
what is his argument for this distinction?
2 Kinds of Qualities
-Primary: size, shape, motion, mass, location, [texture], solidity; qualities that we cannot
Practice Questions 3
1. Explain the Deductive-Nomological theory of explanation and why it has
largely been abandoned.
D-N: explanation takes the form of deductive (sometimes inductive) arguments that
site a universal law and show that the conclusion was
1. Knowledge of PF would have to be either a priori (known by reason alone) or a
pasteriori (known through reason and experience)
2. We cant know Pf is a priori
-A priori truths are necessary truths (like 2+2=4, these are metaphysical
Explaining Inference: every a pasteriori belief has this kind of influence
Broadly Inductive Inferences:
Explanatory Inference: Inference to the Best Explanation
-The hypothesis must me
What is Goodmans new riddle of induction (involving grue)? Explain why
some philosophers think that appealing to the concept of a natural kind suggests a
response to the problem.
Goodmans New Riddle of Induction
(the logic of induction is not as
22 February 2011
When is Using Considered Abusing?
I was a very dedicated athlete when I was younger. Throughout my entire life, I have
participated in high activity events and specially, in athletics. Throug