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  • Subject Matter Of Philosophy
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    Very briefly, philosophy might be regarded as a conceptual enquiry dealing with fundamental issues relating to life, knowledge and values. By conceptual enquiry we mean an enquiry that relies primarily on critical reasoning. This includes: Analysing the meaning of concepts Identifying logical connections between theories Evaluating arguments and exposing fallacies Here is a Chinese newspaper article from Ming Pao on how philosophy improves critical thinking. Philosophy and other subjects Accordi...
  • Hobbes Account Of Political Science
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    'Politics should be the application of the science Of man to the construction of the community' Explain this remark and discuss what reasons there might be for thinking it is not true In this essay I intend to examine the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and Rene Descartes, in particular their ideas relating to the science of man, and attempt to explain why their ideas prove that it is not possible to construct a science of man. I will also briefly mention the philosophy of Donald Davidson ...
  • 1st Questions About Science
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    Three main groups in the philosophy of science 1st questions about science generally 2nd questions about group and the relation 3rd questions about main terms of science I group questions about science 1st group Epistemological questions 1st Is scientific method the only rational way of research 2nd Is scientific method rational at all 3rd Is any better method 4th What could be basis of theory if direct sensual experience couldn't be basis 5th How much can we presuppose the certainty of any caus...
  • My Own Philosophy Of Life
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    I can remember as a child always asking myself the "why" questions of life. Why are we here? What is the purpose of life? Why do certain things happen? And is there really a God? I had always kept these questions to myself and eventually pushed them out of my mind altogether. I was raised in a Christian household and you just were not allowed to ask questions of that nature and doubt the faith. The world is the way it is because God made it that way and that is all there is to it. I was really e...
  • Comte's Philosophy Of Positivism
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    Auguste Comte was born in 1798 and had a significant part in the formation of sociology. Comte was the founder of French positivism. Comte can also be given credit for inventing or coining the term sociology. Comte was born a Catholic, but somewhere around the age of fourteen, he apparently stopped believing in God. At the same time, he left the ideals of his royalist family behind and became a republican. Comte attended the Ecole Polytechnique which was a leading scientific institution in Franc...
  • Philosophy Of The Academy
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    philosophy Phi los'o pay, n. ; pl. Philosophies. [OE. philosophie, F. philosophie, L. philosophic, from Gr.? See Philosopher.] 1. Literally, the love of, including the search after, wisdom; in actual usage, the knowledge of phenomena as explained by, and resolved into, causes and reasons, powers and laws. Note: When applied to any particular department of knowledge, philosophy denotes the general laws or principles under which all the subordinate phenomena or facts relating to that subject are c...
  • Canonical Symbolic Forms Cassirer
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    Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945) was a Jewish German intellectual historian and philosopher, the originator of the "philosophy of symbolic forms". After a distinguished teaching career in Germany, he fled the Nazis, first to Oxford, then Goteborg, then finally Yale, which gives an annual series of lectures in philosophy in his honor; he died as a visiting professor at Columbia. Having read and admired his historical works, particularly The Philosophy of the Enlightenment, I was curious about his own d...
  • Greek Philosophy
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    Greece. The word evokes images of sunny islands, music and dancing, cruise ships, and magnificent crumbling ruins. It also conjures up thoughts of dusty tomes filled with difficult ramblings by thinkers who died more than two thousand years ago. It wasn't like that in ancient times, of course. The islands were as sunny and the waters as blue and inviting as ever, but philosophers were celebrities. Almost everyone knew about their lives and doings, and each of the most famous had an enthusiastic ...

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