Human Development of Philosophy
12 November 2016
Life is Long
Life is long if you know how to use it Seneca was the most striking of the readings we
have read in class because of its simplicity and ideas. The
Human Development and Philosophy
12 December 2016
Descartes v. Russon on Knowledge
Every philosopher that had been studied throughout history has a different view on
knowledge and how we should go about using said know
PHILOSOPHY QUIZ #1 SEPTEMBER 5
2.5 out of 2.5 points
The term 'Apology' in Plato's famous dialog refers to Soctares's apology to the
Greek people in his trial, for the harms that he inflicted on the Athenian youth.
PHILOSOPHY QUIZ #3 SEPTEMBER 19
1.15 out of 1.15 points
Ancient Greek stories of the gods served most importantly to _.
establish core values
entertain the people
develop reasoning skills
PHILOSOPHY QUIZ #2 SEPTEMBER 12
5 out of 5 points
Which branch of philosophy is defined as the study of the ultimate characteristics
of reality or existence?
PHILOSOPHY QUIZ #1 SEPTEMBER 5
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Why is the Garden of Eden stage of thinking unsustainable?
People realize that authorities may be unreliable.
People eventually learn to think critic
In the English language, the word love encompasses all that defines the
emotion. InSanskrit,there are96different words defining each individualaspect of
love. Similarly,JohnDonnein AValedictionForbiddingMourning a
Philosophy of Knowledge
1. We have seen several purported solutions or resolutions of Humes Problem, starting with Humes
own thesis, and continuing with Popper, the positivists, Quine, and Goodman, with many variations
within them. Explain Hu
Your assignment is critically reflect upon one or two arguments in one of the texts that we have read.
Your paper should have (in addition to an introduction and a conclusion) two distinct parts:
1) An explanation of the original argum
Your assignment is to explain the central argument of A.J. Ayers The Elimination of Metaphysics
(available on Blackboard). The goal of this project here is twofold:
First, I want you to gain an appreciation of what it takes to do a close
Final Paper Topics
1. Though he does not present his work in this way, Kuhn has been taken to be a decisive critic of
the factual accuracy of Poppers philosophy. In other words, Kuhn has been taken to show that
science has not worked according to Poppers
There is a fair amount of overlap between these questions. You may not write both of your papers with the
same focus, though it is possible to write two papers that both address some of the same people, so long as
they do very different thin
Final Exam Questions
1) In Platos Euthyphro, the character of Euthyphro presents a number of definitions of piety. One
of these definitions is, the pious is what the gods love. In response, the character of Socrates
presents what is now called the Euthyph
Philosophy Writing Guide
Dr. Gordon Purves
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Sacred Heart University
All papers must have the following elements:
An introduction, usually 1-3 paragraphs. Your introduction ought to introduce what you are going to do
Thesis The paper has a clear, definitive, and original thesis,
which is well worked out and ties the whole paper
Reasoning The thesis is fully defended with reasons that are
explained and, where needed, the premise
Common Errors in Papers
Affect/Effect: Effect is only a noun, and is what results from a cause; affect can be a verb, meaning to
bring about something, or can be a noun meaning an emotional state.
Then/than: Then is an adverb indicating something followin
Mastery of Texts
Style and Grammar
The paper has a clear, definitive, and origin
1. What exactly does Wong mean by moral relativism? How does it differ from
what he calls universalism?
Moral relativism is the principle that there isnt one sole, universally valid moral
code. Wong states t
1. What is the difference between a relation of ideas and a matter of fact?
Hume states that there are two types of knowledge claims: relations of ideas and
matters of fact. He defines relations of ideas
Virginia Held Assignment
1. What exactly does Held mean by the ethics of care? What are the first
four features of the ethics of care that she discusses?
Unlike other theories mentioned by previous philosophers, the ethics
April 1, 2014
1. What, according to Bentham, motivates human behavior?
According to Bentham, both pain and pleasure motivate human behavior. He
states, It is for them alone to point out what we out to do, as we
1. What, according to Anderson, does it mean to say that a knower is situated?
According to Anderson, knowers are situated in particular relations to what is known
and to other knowers. She states what
John Hospers Assignment
1. What are the five criteria for responsibility that are discusses by Hospers?
Which of the five does he consider most nearly adequate?
According to Hospers, there are several possible criteria fo
Reflection Paper 1
Meditations on first Philosophy
In the passages that we read Descartes he talked a lot about what is real and what we
perceive as real yet has the potential to not be real. We are constantly experiencing new
things and meeting new peopl
Merleau Ponty Section 1
Ponty begins this first section by discussing perception and how it applies to us.
Perception is what is shown to us through our senses; it is how we understand and
interact with the world around us. At first it may se
In section two, Ponty begins by talking about the relationship of objects and
space. Objects change as they are moved through space, their form and their appearances
change along with their state, yet their mass and over all mak
In this next section Sartre begins by discussing human anguish. It comes down to
our responsibility to choose what we, as a single being should be, along with the fact that
we feel the responsibility to choose what humanity, as a whole should
Sartre begins his defense of existentialism by addressing all the allocations
against it. And there are a lot of them; most people in fact seem to regard it as somewhat
of a joke or worthless way of thinking. Sartre states existentialism is a
In this section Sartre starts off by saying that there are no moral regulations in life,
and that leads us to our anguish. We can do what ever it is that we want to do and this
leads us to problems in life sometimes. Some people need moral gu