STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 17
The Concept of God
Central to most religions is the belief in a supreme being. However, there are a number of
different ideas of the nature of that being. In this lesson, we will survey a number of differen
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 12
What Is Truth?
In this lesson, we turn our attention to the issue of truth and ask two basic questions: what is
truth? and how do we find it? We discuss whether or not anything is actually true and then look
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 15
Skepticism and Certainty
Throughout the history of western society, people have been on a search for certain knowledge
about things. Many philosophers have given up hope for finding certainty and therefore,
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 14
The Intellectual Virtues
In the lesson, we introduce a highly two important issues in epistemology: intellectual virtues
and virtue epistemology. We first introduce virtue itself and then go on the show how
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 16
Philosophy of Religion: Introduction
With this lesson, we begin our unit on philosophy of religion. Religious questions are among the
most important for the vast majority of persons: Is there a God? Is ther
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 13
Do We Need Justification?
From our previous lessons we arrived at a basic understanding of what philosophers mean by
knowledge and why they call for justification of beliefs. In this lesson we go further and
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STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 5
In our last lesson, we began a study in logic and overviewed the basic terminology and types of
logical argumentation. In this lesson, we survey a number of well-known informal fallacies.
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 6
In our final lesson on logic and arguing, we discuss the tasks of constructing and analyzing an
argument. Throughout the rest of this course, you will be introduced to a variety of theorie
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 1
What is Philosophy?
Welcome to this introductory course in philosophy. For our first lesson, we are going to examine
the question: What is philosophy? There are 4 ways you can get to know what a discipline is
STUDY GUIDE: LESSON 4
A Little Logic
Logic is the primary tool or methodology in studying philosophy. Philosophy is about analyzing
and constructing arguments and a good understanding of the basics of logical reasoning is
PHIL 201 Course Schedule
COURSE SCHEDULE (SUMMER B-TERM 2017)
PHIL 201: Philosophy & Contemporary Ideas
Foreman, Prelude to Philosophy, 2014
Hasker, Metaphysics: Constructing a World View, 1983
Dew & Foreman, How Do We Know?, 2014
The philosophers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were unique, and sometimes quirky, characters. One had
a degree in medicine but never became a doctor (Locke). One preached Christian unity but owned several slaves
(Berkeley). Another fa
What did Aquinas maintain concerning the soul- Direct creation of God _Which argument did st.
Augustine use to refute total academic skepticism when we are in doubt we can at least know that we
exist as a doubter_What is self according to hume- a sequence
Hellenistic age- period of major achievements in mathematics and science.
Octavian-Augustus, the first roman emperor and savior of the worl
Diocletian- divided the empire into eastern(byzantine) and western( roman) halves and by Constantine I who granted
Philosophy- Philein- to love Sophia knowledge
Is it good to spread freedom- how do we know that what is freedom
What makes this our obligation, what is the extent of our obligation
What is it to be alive? What is a soul anyways
philosophical answers canno
Physics- Physika the things of nature
the books after the book on nature wisdom first philosophy
The Nature of Being
- is being a property of things
- is being basically one or are there many beings
- is being fixed or chang
Chapter 4 Aristotle
Metaphysics (first philosophy) , Alecander the Great , more systematic -nature, a bit tedious ,
must collect factual data before you theorize, knowledge of things requires descriptureclassification and causal explanation
What is it to
Sophists- first professor
- they would challenge everything commonly held views
- Protagoras- man is the measure of all things
- Plato refutes this claim in his dialogue Theatetus- in saying that if a man
viewed Protagoras statement as
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The correct answer is: We can never know whether or not the future will be like the past. QUeSiiOl'l What was clarity and distinctness a mark of, for
Why does Robert Nozick believe that any state that goes beyond the minimal
state is unjust?
Such a state necessarily involves redistributive taxation that violates
persons' natural entitlement rights.
According to John Stuart Mill, why should we seek to r
What do Pyrrhonic skeptics maintain?
People should suspend judgment about all things.
Why can we know that all of our future experiences will be in space and time,
according to Kant?
Because these are preconditions of all possible experience
based on the
What must one do to discover ultimate reality and truth, according
to Hui Neng, sixth patriarch of Ch'an Buddhism?
Give up false attachments and selfish interests.
Which would Mencius say true happiness consists in?
Seeing parents and family alive and wel
Graded Exam #1
Which of the following is an example of what Aristotle called a universal?
The property of being red.
What is reality according to a follower of Parmenides
One and unchanging.
Which of the following branched of philosophy does not invol