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  • C The Evil Demon Argument
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    1) Descartes uses a method commonly referred to as Methodical Doubt (beginning with a doubt in hopes of arriving at a given certitude). With this skepticism, Descartes questions the inherit nature of what it is to be. It is his initial perception, upon beginning his piece, again, with "methodical doubt", which the world may not exist, but may be a facet of an individual's imagination. However, he quickly contests this argument with his face phrase, "cog ito ergo sum" which means "I think, theref...
  • Soul And Samkhya And Yoga
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    In India there are six orthodox schools of philosophy which recognize the authority of the Vedas as divine revelation, and they generally function as pairs - Nyaya and Vaishesika, Mimamsa and Vedanta, and Samkhya and Yoga. Those who did not recognize this authority were the Jains, Buddhists, and materialists. Even in India where spiritual ideas dominate the culture there were some who were skeptical of those ideals and held to a materialist view of the world; they were called Carvaka, and their ...
  • Confusing Wisdom With Intelligence
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    What is Wisdom? At first glance, wisdom would be defined as the ability to apply knowledge. However, there is much more to wisdom than just that brief of a statement. The New Expanded Webster's Dictionary defines wisdom as "sound judgement and sagacity; prudence; learning or erudition (pg 378) " What exactly does this definition mean? Some fallacies about wisdom include: confusing wisdom with intelligence, having a college degree, having common sense, or simply having life experiences. In order ...
  • Descartes And Montaigne
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    Diane IhlenfeldtMarch 4, 2004 Philosophy 110 Montaigne and Descartes Montaigne and Descartes both made use of a philosophical method that focused on the use of doubt to make discoveries about themselves and the world around them. However, they doubted different things. Descartes doubted all his previous knowledge from his senses, while Montaigne doubted that there were any absolute certainties in knowledge. Although they both began their philosophical processes by doubting, Montaigne doubting a ...
  • First Hand Knowledge From Sense
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    Both David Hume and Rene both differ on the issue of whether imperialism or rationalism is more. In David Hume's Enquiry of Human Understanding, and Rene Descarte's Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy explores the question of... In enquiry;'s Hume explores the idea that the senses are the only thing that can be trusted and that is valid. When some one envisions a creature that they have never seen be for they are m early deriving the idea from impressions that is cause by sen...
  • Relationship Of Active To Passive Intellect
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    All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight". This is the foundation of human knowledge Aristotle presents us with in Book Alpha of the Metaphysics. The next question which we must naturally ask ourselves is, How? How is it that we can have any knowledge at all? We by our very nature desire to know and we love the senses in themselves but w...
  • Knowledge Of Human Existence
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    Sean Philosophy 1102 SHU, Spring 2005 The workings of the mind have been the focus of philosophers from the beginnings of humanity. One primary focal point that has been pondered over by numerous thinkers is what exactly constitutes knowledge. At first glance the issue seems to be cut and dry but the question gets more complicated with thought. This can be witnessed by the many different epistemological theories put forward throughout the ages. This can specifically be seen by looking at 4 diffe...
  • Existence Of Deceitful Demons Descartes
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    As I sit and ponder how I am going to write this paper, it accuse to me that I may not be writing this paper at all. How, I ask myself, can this be possible I can feel the keys under my fingers, hear their distinct clicks as I press them, and I can see my writing on the screen. Yet all of these things are sensory based, and I wonder if my senses can be trusted as certainty. Could they not easily be deceived I could be sleeping right now and dreaming that I am writing this paper, or perhaps I am ...
  • Source Of Knowledge And Humans Reason
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    Violence is a human act, acted out by humans since the dawn of humankind. Even before television was created, books published, or art drawn, humans portrayed violent acts. Would you agree the description of nudity is crude, as in Ulysses' "Odyssey"? Is the sculpture of Michelangelo's "David", a nude yet biologically correct interpretation of a man considered pornography? Is the movie, "Romeo and Juliet", violent and stained with obscenity not a director's portrayal of a famous book by Shakespear...

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