Peter Dimas 17 November 2007 Phil. 101/Beresford
Is It A Dream?
Though a Jesuit, the French 17th century philosopher Rene Descartes contradicted many ancient philosophers' beliefs, especially Aristotle's philosophy of realism, of matter being real.
Penguin Books, 2005, pages 15-30
In this extract, Plato presents the sophist !i.e., professional philosopher" Protagoras
talking with Socrates about how people become good.
The extract contains a theory of moral education, and a theor
A Selection from Penses
A note on this text:
This is a selection from Pascal's Penses, translated
by W. F. Trotter in 1910. This translation is now in
the public domain.
If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible, since, having ne
INT RODUCT ION
drawn from such a determinism produeed dissension
with respect to the possibility of freedom even in the
ranks of modern-day llumeans, but more and more,
and on grounds quite independent of the desire to do
justice to our common belief that
What is optimism and when, if ever, is it rationally defensible? Margaret Boden thinks that the
only rationally defensible optimism is what she calls genuine optimism. Genuine optimism
involves assessing the world highly based on yo
The Absurdity of Life
Thomas Nagel explores the absurdity of a human life; interestingly he tries to unravel the
reason as to why our lives are absurd. Further, he notes that human lives are inescapably absurd
since human beings have the ability of self-c
Topic: Harming and Benefiting by Creating
Parfit thinks that we can be benefited by being brought into existence. Benatar
disagrees. Benatar thinks that everyone is harmed by being brought into existence and
no one is benefited. Benatar thinks that his vi
Religion and The Meaning of Life
What is the meaning of life? Lot of people will answer this question in many
different ways but I must say in philosophically the meaning of life is having a holy life.
Life is meaningful when individual who follows his or
1. Leo Tolstoy says that when he started to study the meaning of life he found that force
was force, matter was matter, will was will, infinity was infinity, nothing was nothing, and nothing else could come from it. What did he mean by this? Explain the c
The meaning of life is happiness. We, human, like to make meanings to our life
and we often question the true meaning of life. The philosophers claim that our level of
happiness is a combination between our life experiences and how we internally control
The Myth of Sisyphus`
Albert Camus was a fervent disbeliever of what we refer to as systematic
philosophy. He was known to call many of his beliefs to action rather than conversation,
while presenting the ideas he was less passionate about as simple metap
BARON PAUL HENRI DHOLBACH
A DEFENSE OF DETERMINISM
Baron Paul Henri dHolbach (17231789), born in Edesheim, Germany, and growing up in
France, was one of the leading philosophers of the French Enlightenment. He was a materi'
alist who believed that na