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The Philosophical Perspectives of Rene Descartes' Cartesian Rationalism, John Locke's Empiricism, and Emmanuel Kant's Transcendental Idealism on the Mind/Body Dualism
“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” ~ Rene Descartes Cartesian Rationalism & the Mind/Body Problem Philosophy is founded on the principles of human reason and dependent on the fact that humans are able to rationalize...
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A Discussion on Whether Knowledge is Only a Systematic Organization of Facts
“Knowledge is nothing more than the systematic organization of facts.” Discuss this statement in relation to two areas of knowledge. Knowledge can be acquired through any way of knowing in any area of knowledge. To claim that knowledge can never be anything more than a methodically structured list of things that are ind...
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A Comparison of Our Approach to Knowledge About the Past and Our Approach to Knowledge About the Future
Compare and contrast our approach to knowledge about the past with our approach to knowledge about the future. Spending time contemplating both the past and future is a very common practice amongst people in many cultures. From adults stressing about things they’ve done when they were younger, to children fantasizing ab...
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A Discussion on the Point of Knowledge Being to Produce Meaning and Purpose to Our Lives
Prescribed Title: “The whole point of knowledge is to produce both meaning and purpose in our personal lives.” To what extent do you agree with this statement? “Meaning and purpose” in one’s personal life is the same thing as one’s personal reason for which they live. It depends on what they think their purpose on Earth is...
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The Importance of Learning Lays In Connecting Science and Personal Experiences
In order to truly learn and prove a full understanding of the material presented in lecture and in readings, one must be able to make connections between the material learned in one class and material learned in another class. Making connections personally is equally important, as doing so provides a deeper understanding to...
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The Philosophy of Stoicism Among Other Philosophical Ways of Thinking
Stoicism, Utilitarianism, and Beyond Throughout history there have been many different philosophical ways of thinking, from Deontology and Utilitarianism and from Plato to Nussbaum, views have overlapped, contradicted, and tested the way people look at the world. One of these schools of thought is Stoicism; the philosop...
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The Differences between the Sublime and the Beautiful
The sublime is something that it is not the highest degree of beauty, but rather a different kind of experience all together. Sublimity can be found in the wild and dangerous ways of nature and beauty is something more pleasant, something which can be found only through the rejection of that which contaminates the atmospher...
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Contextualism and Its Place in Practical Knowledge in View of Skepticism
Contextualism and Its Place in Practical Knowledge The purpose of knowledge is to further the advancement of humanity through the practical world. If knowledge is considered in any other form, meaning it is irrelevant to the practical real world as in the case of skepticism, then it is of no use to humanity. Knowledge is n...
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An Analysis of John Locke's Argument in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
An Essay Concerning An Essay Concerning Human Understanding As I Understand It
In John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding he says that "It is
impossible that any... practical principle should be innate." He specifies
which ideas that he thinks are the least likely to be inna...
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The Types and Meanings of Happiness
Every day we go about our lives, each of them different, each of them identifying with a sort of roller coaster of emotions, but all have the same goal. Everyone is looking for inner happiness. Some spend their whole life searching for happiness and others simply find it. “Happiness is a strong meaningful word that contains...
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