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  • Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance
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    'A 'place in the mind', wherever or whatever it may be, can only ever be fictitious. In the act of its creation, the 'place' is formed by a process that necessitates an imaginative leap; it does not actually exist, and therefore its constituent elements have to be imagined, made up by the creator. For a place - in this case, America - to exist in the realms of the mind, it must be a place that exists outside of a corporeal, material reality. Fiction becomes the perfect arena to present this plac...
  • Prisoner's Perception Of Reality
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    Reality is... something that is neither derivative nor dependent, but exists necessarily, as stated in Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary. What this means is that reality does not exist because of something; there is nothing existing because of it; yet, still it exists throughout everything. The way that this is possible is because reality exists solely in the mind. By saying that, it implies since everyone has an individualized mind, reality can differ from person to person. In essence, ...
  • Heart Of The Metaphysics Of St Thomas
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    Critical Analysis on the Metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas Metaphysics is the philosophical study whose object is to determine the real nature of things to determine the meaning, structure, and principles of whatever is insofar as it is. Although this study is popularly conceived as referring to anything excessively subtle and highly theoretical and although it has been subjected to many criticisms, it is presented by metaphysicians as the most fundamental and most comprehensive of inquiries, in...
  • Existence Of God
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    Many people have tried to prove through many ways that God exists. Anselm used the ontological argument, proposing that if God could be thought of and perceived, then God has to exist. At the center of the ontological argument is the idea or concept of existence. The Ontological argument is a group of different philosophers arguments for the existence of God. 'Ontological' means talking about being and so in the Philosophy case, that being is the existence or being of God. The ontological argume...
  • Formal Reality As The Idea
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    Descartes-Meditation In Meditation, Descartes presents his argument for the existence of God. He makes this argument here because it is one of his stronger arguments. In this essay, I will summarize and critically assess this argument. Descartes begins this meditation with a review of what he is certain of so far. He is skeptical of the existence of bodily things, but's certain that he exists and that he is a thinking thing. He decides that he could not be as certain of his existence unless all ...
  • Clear And Distinct Perception Of God's Existence
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    In Meditations on First Philosophy Meditations and V Rene provides arguments for the existence of God. Arguments for the Existence of god: If he can conceive of some idea with so much objective reality that it must come from some cause with more formal reality than he possesses, the Meditator reasons that he will then know that something outside his mind exists. God is an infinite substance whereas he is only a finite substance. Since the idea of God cannot have originated in himself, he conclud...
  • Clear And Distinct Ideas In Order
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    Rene Descartes' arguments in "Meditations on First Philosophy" are questionable to exactly how valid and sound they really are. His proof for the existence of God in the fifth meditation is an example of one of his invalid and therefore unsound arguments. Throughout the meditations Descartes refers to clear and distinct ideas. Descartes first introduces doubt to the reader by saying that one cannot trust these clear and distinct ideas. "I have noticed that the senses are sometimes deceptive; as ...
  • Dragon And Beowulf
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    We " re back to the question of the tree in the forest... Does it make a sound if no one is around to hear it I don't know, I wasn't there. Would Beowulf and the Dragon have existed if Grendel had never met them Yes and no, in a sense. The monistic theory would hold that they would have. But of course! Just because I don't know a Bob Johnson, doesn't mean that he does not exist. Or at least that's the monistic view-that there is only one kind of substance, only one reality; the only thing that v...
  • Descartes Third Meditation Proof Of God's Existence
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    Descartes' Third Meditation: Proof of God's Existence In Rene Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes is seeking to find a system of stable, lasting and certain knowledge, which he can ultimately regard as the Truth. In his methodical quest to carry out his task, Descartes eventually arrives at the proverbial fork in the road: how to bridge the knowledge of self with that of the rest of the world. Descartes^aEURTM answer to this is to prove the existence of God. The purpose of this ...
  • Realist Believes Reality
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    What is real? When I place my hands on this keyboard, does it exist because I believe it does, or does it find its existence in the fact that it is a material object? Is anything real? A realist may allege that reality is objective and that material objects exist independently of our consciousness. This keyboard, for example, would exist even if I had never seen it before simply because it was produced. An anti-realist might argue that it exists because it has been assimilated into my conceptual...
  • Existence Of God In Reality
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    As a theologian and philosopher, Saint Anselm strove to prove the existence of God in reality. The bulk of his argument is found in Chapter II of Proslogium. Anselm begins by defining God as 'a being than which nothing greater can be conceived'; . He continues by stating that 'even a fool'; has the capacity to understand this definition of God and that whatever is understood exists in the understanding. Anselm now draws his first intermediate inference based on these initial premises; God must e...
  • Realist's Second Argument Against Anti Realism
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    The classical debate here is between realists and idealists. It is metaphysical in nature; i. e., it is about the nature of reality or, at least, about what our fundamental concepts imply about the nature of reality. Realism is the view that the world exists apart from our perception of it. Idealism says that the world is, in some sense, mind-dependent. Few philosophers of science subscribe to idealism; however, many of them subscribe to something related which is sometimes called "conventionali...
  • Exists In Thought
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    Back to Medieval Source Book ANSELM ON GOD'S EXISTENCE God's existence was to some extent obvious for medieval theologians. They simply knew he existed. Nevertheless, they attempted to prove his existence anyway, and the basic strategies employed by them are the ones used every since. Here two approaches are presented. The first, by Anselm, is perhaps the most puzzling. While it has not been all that popular with the average believer, it has fascinated philosophers, and even today there are resp...
  • Your Own Perceptions Of Reality
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    He who confronts the paradoxical exposes himself to reality. -- Friedrich Durrenmatt Reality is the actuality of things, what is really happening, without interpretation. Perception is that interpretation of the experience. Let's say for example that the reality of things may be that you are in a room with people talking very loudly. But perhaps your perception may be that these people are obnoxious and rude. This would be your interpretation of the situation. And so such is the nature of our pe...

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