- 2 missed conferences
- What is the main claim?
- What is the main support for the claim?
- How do other details fit into the bigger picture?
- Who are the main opponents?
- What does the writer think i
ACCOUNTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS: COMPARING RYLE AND NAGEL
In their respective works What Is It Like to Be a Bat? and The Concept of the
Mind, Thomas Nagel and Gilbert Ryle both diverge from traditional Cartesian dualism in
their theories on the mind-body proble
ELECTRONIC JOURNAL: Moral Luck, Nagel
In this work, Nagel addresses moral luck, which refers to situations where moral
judgment is dispensed when a significant aspect of what someone does depends
on factors beyond his control. Many cases reveal that moral
ELECTRONIC JOURNAL: Two Concepts of Rules, Rawls
In his work, Rawls distinguishes between the justification of a practice and
the justification of a particular action under such practice by examining the
concept of punishment. He reconciles two justificat
Avez-vous peur des naufrages en bateaux?
Depuis que j'ai regard le Titanic, j'ai eu peur des naufrages en bateaux.
Jai entendu beaucoup d'histoires sur les accidents de bateau, particulirement
rcemment. Par exemple, comme mentionn dans l'article
ELECTRONIC JOURNAL: Freedom and Resentment, Strawson
In Freedom and Resentment, Strawson argues that determinism, whether
true or not and in any sense of the term, is irrelevant towards rationally justifying
the practice of assigning responsibility. Straw
Explain the relevance of Nagels bat discussion for Ryles criticism of Cartesian dualism.
What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of their views?
The Official Doctrine, also known as the dogma of the ghost in the machine is
criticized by Ryle for it
What I found interesting in the article was that specific case scenarios were part of
What I found confusing was that th
Intro To Philosophy
Jan. 4, 2017 (Lecture 1)
Branches of Philosophy:
Metaphysics - the nature of ultimate reality
Epistemology - questions about knowledge
Value Theory - questions about values, including aesthetics, ethics, political
Intro To Philosophy
Reading 1: Strawson - The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility
The Basic Argument
o Proves that we cannot be truly/ultimately morally responsible for our
o It makes no difference whether determinism is true or false; we
Parfit (TA lecture)
How does a single entity persist through change?
What makes an object S at time t1 the same object at time t2
Identity questions applied to the self
At what point is it acceptable to submit the paper I submitted for a past course to
The Meanings of Lives - Wolf
What is the purpose of human existence in general? Why are we here?
Standard View: there can only be such a purpose if there is a God who designed a
purpose for us
If theres no God, then theres no such purpose. There are ca
Ryle: Descartes Myth
Ryles is attacking the claim that the mind and the body are distinct
Is our mind separate from our body? (i.e. different substance, a different kind, is the
mind the brain or are they separate?)
How do mind and body relate to each o
Hume Of the Standards of Taste
What we give reason to support aesthetic claims?
Whats the normative force (that makes you accept such claims)?
Responses to Art
1. Subjective: beauty is in the eye of the beholder; subjective preference
Goodmans New Riddle of Induction (and Humes old problem of induction)
Trying to show that inductive reasoning doesnt have the kind of grounding we think it does
Infer from observed facts to unobserved facts
o Predict future occurrence
Hume posits that induction can provide proof for the likelihood of a conclusion
Goodman questions what predicates can be used on the basis of induction to make generalizing
Goodman initially attempts to identify the predicat
Adil Ali Dostmohamed
Wednesday September 9, 2015
True wisdom according to Socrates is to know that you do not know. Nobody knows
that they have no knowledge of virtue, righteousness, justice but Socrates is aware
that he d
Phenomena : description of X
data that we are applying general laws to
We're not saying that there is some inherent propety in bodies that makes them obey that law= Newton
is not trying to present the causes of why bodies
1. Why do bodies deviate from their natural motion (straight line)?
1. Newton's theory of motion tries to identify them
2. What does it mean to be confirmed by experience (hypothesis)?
Definitions don't really play a role in his argument
Not so much difference between rationalists/ empiricists T
what counts as a phenomena?
What counts as a princples?
What counts as an explanation?
1. Netwon against Descartes
1. Newton's method to investiguate nature is better,
Get [Morally] Lucky
The claim Nagel is defending in his essay Moral Luck would be the theory that one's
good or bad luck should not influence the moral judgment of a person and their actions, or one's
moral assessment of themselves. Nagel believes people
Electronic Journal #7: Chalmers, The Matrix as Metaphysics
Throughout this essay, Chalmers is attempting to prove that there are no metaphysical
hypotheses (pertaining to the Creation, Computational, Mind-body, Combination, and
Metaphysical hypotheses) th
Can Machines Think?
The universal question remains the same: are machines capable of thinking in the same
way as humans? This whole paper revolves around the Imitation Game, seeing if an
interrogator, without observing and physical features, can tell the
Electronic Journal #5 Nagel What is it like to be a bat?
The claim Nagel is arguing in this paper is that one will never be able to perceive the
world in the same way as another organism because our perceptions can never be the same; we
lack the facts to
Electronic Journal #4 Ryle Descartes Myth
In Ryles essay on Descartes Myth, he debunks the Official Doctrine: every human has
a body and a mind, and the mind and the body both exist in two different ways. The mind is tied
to the internal, mental world, wh
Electronic Journal #3 Rawls Two Concepts of Rules
The claim John Rawls is defending is essentially that there is a difference between
justifying a practice and justifying a particular action falling under it. He goes into the
explanation of the two concep