Human nature is defined in the dictionary as the qualities common to humanity,
the psychological and social qualities that characterize humankind. That definition is
extremely broad, but acce
Meditations 1 and 2
Method of doubt.
The role of the evil genius:
The key thing that Descartes is aiming at is that even with all this external pressure,
and even if it is not within my power to know anything, it is from my finite position
Aristotles De Anima
Books 1 4
Life is self-nourishment, growth, and
Only natural substances partake in this.
Soul is substance as the form of a natural
body which potentially has life 
Soul is the first act
Part 1 Things exist
We have established that the faculty of judging, when working properly, does reveal
Now, we are going to look at faculties of the mind directed towards things in the world.
Do these other faculties reveal that
"Least of all," he said.
"I suppose, at least," I said, "that just and fair things, when it isn't
known in what way they are good, won't have gotten themselves a guardian who's worth very much i
Aristotle - Metaphysics
A Very Introductory Look
The goal here is to focus in on what is
going to allow us to know the thing truly.
Remember, Platos answer is Form
Aristotles answer is going to be in the
direction of essence.
Focus on the Dog as matter:
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Nature - an internal principle of motion.
Bed impulse to change, BUT
The bed is artificial because it does not
have the principle of its own pr
Meditations 4 and 5
A good summary sentence about the relationship between doubt and the innate idea of
And when I take note of the fact that I doubt, or that I am a thing that is incomplete
and dependent, there comes to mind
Running head: MANS SEARCH FOR MEANING
[Mans Search for Meaning]
MANS SEARCH FOR MEANING
I had a personal experience in which if I could have applied the principles of logic could
have made a differe
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Since we have granted that forms exist,
and then things acquire their name by
participating in the forms
We need to think about how forms and
things relate to each other in the world.
Simmias is taller than Socrates.
Nothing in the things
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Exegetical Essay #1
Option III. Here it is not to be understood that woman is lacking noble qualities or that
the males sex must entirely forgo beauties; rather that ones expects that each sex will
unite both, but in such
Exegetical Essay #2: Plato (Option 2)
In our discussion of human nature, it has been made clear that most philosophers will
refer back to beauty as one of the most innate abilities that we all share. Plato is no different. In
his work Symposium h
Exegetical Essay #3
Imitation in and Aesthetics
Beauty is sometimes disparaged on the ground that it causes a contagion of
imitation, as when a legion of people begin to style themselves after a particular movie
Exegetical Essay #4
Nietzsche Exegetical Essay
The Demand of strength that it should not express itself as strength, that it should not be
a desire to overcome, a desire to throw down, a desire to become master, a thirst fo
Influences on mental states:
Bodily conditions stir the soul
anxiety for example
Man is a machinesuch a complex
machine that its initially impossible to get
a clear idea of it or (therefore) to define it.
That is why a
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Contingent event: Socrates death is
tied to the wind.
Fact of human life?
Socrates rubbing his leg
Pleasure and pain are connected.
How does this relate to todays reading?
Main argument Philosophy is the art of
Offspring of the Good
Story element pleading for Socrates to discuss the good, Socrates resisting.
He persuades the others that since he cannot talk about the good itself right now, he will talk
about an offspring of the good.
The offspring o
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thats great that you talk about the soul as
the way towards truth, and that the death
of the body is the death of distraction
where does the soul go when the body
answer the question in one respect if we
can show th
Running head: ARISTOTLES NICOMACHEAN ETHICS.
[Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics]
ARISTOTLES NICOMACHEAN ETHICS.
According to Aristotle, what really constitutes to a life well lived is happiness, but what
he really means, n