Introduction: The Nature and Value of Philosophy
Gregory L. Bock, Ph.D.
DISCUSS: the beginning of life1
DISCUSS: the moral status of the fetus
WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?
1. Philosophia: Philo means love of; Sophia means wisdom
Biblical Views of Human Nature
WHAT IS JUDAISM?
Religion and ethnicity
The Jewish people are followers of YHWH (Yahweh), descendants of Abraham, and people of
the (Promised) Land.
- Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Hinduism and Buddhism
Hinduism: religion of India, very diverse culture
Pre-Vedic period: until 2900 B.C
Vedic period: until 500 B.C.
Vedas: set of scriptures that came from a group of people called the Aryans- told sto
Confucianism and Human Nature
PHIL 1301 G. Bock
DISCUSS: Compare and contrast the following mottos:
Ancient China: Filial Piety, Goodness, and Ritual: honor your father and your mother;
Modern America: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: