UNDERSTANDING the conscious mind. His perspective became known

UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR REFLECTIONS PAPER      2   Abstract This paper will explore psychology from beginning to present and all it’s extensive makeup in between. We will begin with the history of psychology and explore its past roots that lead to where the field is today. Next, we will look at the major approaches in the…

What it means to do philosophy

Philosophy is commonly defined as the rational investigation into the truths and principles of knowledge and being. In my opinion, however, the act of doing philosophy goes much further. Philosophy has spanned over thousands of years and been applied to so many different situations it is simply too difficult describe it within a one sentence…

The ontological argument of Anselm and Gaunilo’s respons

In other words, it attempts to prove the existence of God without physical evidence, using only thought and logic. It has been argued by many that it is not intended to be used to prove the existence of God to a nonbeliever, merely to reenforce the beliefs of those who already believe. This is suggested…

Is direct realism naive

Direct realism, also know as naive realism, is the view that what we see, feel, & touch is real. That we can acknowledge that an object (e.g. a Candle) that is in a room is real, and that we can confirm this through our senses. For a direct realist there is no difference between appearance…

You know that you are reading this book

The statement “you know that you are reading this book,” has to be based on the premise that we can actually know anything as all. That, in turn, leads to questioning where we get our knowledge from in the first place. Furthermore, even if one was to find an answer, could it be proven sufficiently…

Why knowledge requires justification

Plato said that knowledge was justified, true, belief. That is to say that there are three conditions to be met, in order for something to be considered knowledge. Firstly, according to Plato, the subject of the knowledge should be true. For example, I cannot know, that 1+1=3, because 1+1=2. Furthermore, knowledge also holds the condition…

Compare and contrast the philosophical contributions Nietzsche and Mill

Both philosophers, Nietzsche and Mill make contrasting and similar contributions to our understanding of the two terms. I intend explore how each philosopher does this and the differences and similarities between their two philosophies. Before comparing and contrasting the contributions of both Nietzsche and Mill to our understanding of political and social tyranny, it is…

Is Global Scepticism Possible

Global scepticism puts all of our attempts at seeking true knowledge into doubt; it makes all traditional ways of finding out about the world unreliable. One of the most famous sceptics is the philosopher Rene Descartes. In his first meditation, Descartes regards the ‘many false things’ that he had once believed as a child and…

Religious responses to the verification principle have been largely unsuccessful

The Verification Principle claims that it is meaningless to talk about God and ethics etc, as these cannot be verified using empirical evidence or scientific experiments. There have however been many responses to this theory, for example the falsification principle. This is a theory developed by Anthony Flew who says that for a statement to…

Do humans actually exist or are we part of the imagination of some greater being

If there is a great power capable of producing all things within its own ‘mind,’ and if this is indeed the nature of the universe, then this would be the only ‘reality’ in ‘existence’. The world would be ‘mind stuff,’ this would of necessity include humans. However, it seems that this great power would have…

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