Is There Objective Moral Truth?
LSM Chapter Eight
Agent Smiths Moral Challenge
Why Mr. Anderson? Why? Why keep
fighting? Do you think youre fighting for
something for more than your
survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do
you even know? Is it freedom, or
Quote of the
The Problem of Evil
The Problem of Evil arises out of the apparent
discrepancy between "God" (as traditionally
conceived in the West) and "the world."
All Good (Omnibenevolent)
Why Make a Matrix? And Why You Might Be In One
Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University
Forthcoming in More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded, ed. William Irwin (Open Court,
The Purpose of the M
Teachings of the Buddha
Buddha is a title rather than a proper name. It means enlightened or awakened one.
While arguably there have been many Buddhas throughout history, when people
speak of The Buddha, they typically have in mind Siddhartha G
Ren Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy
OF THE THINGS OF WHICH WE MAY DOUBT.
SEVERAL years have now elapsed since I first became aware that I had
accepted, even from my youth, many false opinions for true, and that consequently
Why is there evil?
One of the more compelling arguments against Gods existence is called the
problem of evil. It contends that an all powerful (omnipotent), all knowing (omniscient),
and all good (omnibenevolent) God would be incompatible with
By Plato Written 360 B.C.E
Translated by Benjamin Jowett
Emphasis and notes added by Matt Lawrence
The Sun and Divided Line (from Book VI)
Still, I must implore you, Socrates, said Glaucon, not to turn away just as you are reaching the
Plato's Allegory of the Cave
Plato's Cave: Like a Splinter in Your Mind p. 4 Illustration Scott Mayhew.
Is not the dreamer, sleeping or waking, one who likens dissimilar things,
who puts the copy in place of the real object?.
Like everyone else, y
Like A Splinter in Your Mind
Jacking into the Philosophy Behind the Matrix
1. Explain the difference between metaphysics and epistemology.
2. Explain the difference between ethics and aesthetics.
3. In Platos Allegory of the
Spending a Day on the Eightfold Path
Essay Assignment 20 points
Spend a day (24 hours minimum) living in accordance with the Buddhas Noble
Eightfold Path. Then type a 500+ word account of your experience. Tell me about
each aspect o
PHIL 6 Unit 2 Review Chart: Fill in the Boxes
Is it objectivist or nonobjectivist?
I can only show you the door.
You must walk through it.
Introduction to Philosophy
Unit II Study Guide
( Chapter Thirteen: The Tao of the Code, : Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching, Lecture
What is the meaning of the word Tao? Te? Ching?
What characteristics do
Introduction to Philosophy Unit 3 Study Guide
RACE, GENDER, AND THE IDEAL SOCIETY
(Chapter 7: Virtual Bodies: The Construction of Race and Gender in the Matrix)
Explain the differences in race and gender outlooks between: (a) human culture
within the Matr
Ren Descartes 1596-1650
The Father of Modern Philosophy
Buckle your seatbelt
Dorothy, cause Kansas
is going bye bye.
Appearance and Reality
Philosophers have long thought that the world as it
appears to us is an illusion.
Permanence is an
illusion. Everything is
1. How does Russell describe the philosophical and nonphilosophical persons? Do you agree with those descriptions?
2. Why does Plato think that Forms are more real than material
objects? Do you agree? Why/why not?
3. Why does
Jean Paul Sartre
I know that you, ladies
and gentlemen, have a
philosophy, each and
all of you, and that the
most interesting and
important thing about
you is the way in which
it determines the
perspective in your
The Value of Philosophy
From his Problems of Philosophy (1912)
Philosophy of Mathematics
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy of Science
Marriage and Morals
Why Im Not a Christ
If you understand it, say that
you understand it.
If you do not understand it,
say that you do not
This is wisdom.
Reading Question Review
Before the Philosophy: Understanding the Films
1. Name four places in which
P1: Every philosophy book ever written is
shelved in my library.
P2: Simulacra and Simulation is a
Therefore, Similacra and Simulation is
shelved in my library.
P1: If my dog is the "Form of Dog"
then he is immortal.
Living the Path of Tao
Lao Tzu / Lao Tse
Probably born between
604 BCE and 403 BCE
Tao Te Ching
(Dao De Jing)
Tao = Way or Path
Te = Power / Virtue / Excellence
Ching = Book
The Book of the Way
and Its Power
What is the Tao?
The tao that c
The Case of Leopold and Loeb
Jury Sentencing Options
Morally Guilty: Execution by hanging.
Not Morally Guilty: 10 years
psychiatric treatment in a high
Note: These sentencing options were for our mock trial
Remember, they are only words.
What matters is the connections that
The study/theory of morality.
The view that no moral claims are objectively true.
Moral Objectivism: The vie
Objectivist Moral Theories
Divine Command Theory
Social Contract Theory
The Teachings of the Buddha
as a Virtue Theory
as the Buddha
The view that character is the
Quote of the Day
Every man is born
as many men and
dies as a single one.
- Martin Heidegger
Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.
Such is the first principle of existentialism.
- Jean Paul Sartre 1905-1980
Its The Questions That Drive Us
Metaphysics: the study/ theory of the
nature of reality.
What is Real? What is the difference
between appearance and reality?
Epistemology: the study/theory of
What is knowledge? Can we know what is
real? How do
Kant Vs. Mill
A Quick Comparison
What is Good? We are better to ask
what is good without qualification, and
the answer is that only the "good will."
What is Right? Actions are right when
they accord with the categorical
imperative. Actions a
Remember, they are only words.
What matters is the connections
that they imply.
Rama Kandra's Free Will
The view that:
(a) Every event has a cause.
(Every event occurs because of the complex causal nexus that preceded
How to Really Bake Your Noodle:
Time, Fate, and Foreknowledge
Real choices exist, however, certain events are fated
and hence unavoidable.
Do you believe in fate, Neo? - The Matrix
I do not see coincidence, I see providence.
I see promis
St. Thomas Aquinas
The Summa Theologica
(The Five Ways)
(Benziger Bros. edition, 1947)
Fathers of the English Dominican Province
(Read the whole article, but read most closely his second way.)
The existence of God can be proved in five ways