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  • Maxims And Other Innate Truths
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    John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: Book 1: Chapter 1 Go: To the Table of Contents | This is the first Chapter | Forward to Next Chapter Book I - Neither Principles nor Ideas Are Innate Chapter I - No Innate Speculative Principles 1. The way shown how we come by any knowledge, sufficient to prove it not innate. It is an established opinion amongst some men, that there are in the understanding certain innate principles; some primary notions, koi nai ennoiai, characters, as it wer...
  • Their Relevance From The Empirical Propositions
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    Cultural Relativism Cultural Relativism is an ethical theory to the effect that the rightness or wrongness of an action depends exclusively on the standards of the actor's culture. According to cultural relativism, the only kinds of reasons that are relevant for justifying moral propositions are: (1) Standards of the actor's culture; (2) Empirical propositions which derive their relevance from the standards identified in (1); and (3) Definitions which derive their relevance from the standards id...
  • California's 1996 Proposition 209
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    Introduction It has been said that California's 1996 Proposition 209 is misleading. It can also be said that it is discriminating to women and minorities. Proposition 209 was passed on November, 5 1996 but has not taken effect since the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional in February 1997. Body As I stated before, Proposition 209 was passed in 1996 by California voters. It was passed by a margin of 56% to 46% but was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1997 and has not tak...
  • Self Referential Incoherent Proposition
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    Some Ways to Critique a Worldview When analyzing someone's worldview ( = that person's overall philosophical perspective on reality), there are a number of errors which you should look out for. These errors represent the different ways in which one's worldview can be exposed as being philosophically inadequate. They are by no means exhaustive of all the different ways in which a given worldview can be critiqued, but they represent some basic strategies which I personally find to be helpful. We w...
  • Differences Between Basic Propositions And Protocol Propositions
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    Moritz Schlick and A.J. Ayer were both logical positivists, and members of the Vienna Circle. They had differing yet concentric views on the foundations of knowledge, and they both shared the quest for truth and certainty. Moritz Schlick believed the all important attempts at establishing a theory of knowledge grow out of the doubt of the certainty of human knowledge. This problem originates in the wish for absolute certainty. A very important idea is the concept of "protocol statements", which ...

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