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As Aristotle viewed the world around him, he observed that things are moving and changing in certain ways. Aristotle discovered that certain things cause other things, which in turn cause something else. Aristotle believed that an infinite chain of c The first evidence that Aristotle viewed was the world around him. He observed that everything is in motion, and that one motion causes another motion and so on. Much like billiard balls on a pool table. One ball hits another ball, that ball m

subject = philosophy title = can we debate art? papers = Can we debate art? When I first began thinking about this topic, it seemed as if it was a fairly simple subject. Of course we could debate art, critics and the average citizen have done it for years debating over which pieces are their favorites. As I began to think about the subject and received feedback from the class, this topic became infinitely more complicated with questions like: what is art, could we saw that one person

Can computers ever be intelligent? Hollywood would like to think so. Ever since the early 1960s, free thinking machines have entered the mainstream of Science-Fiction films, from the evil "Hal" from 2001: A Space Odyssey to the elegant "Data" in Star T to Turing's criterion. In 1950, Alan Turing devised a test to determine intelligence of a digital computer in his historic essay, Computing Machinery and Intelligence . His name for the test was the "Imitation game," which was later named

The majority of authors reviewed in this course attempt to either describe an ideal state or to advise the reader on matters of ruling. This provides for interesting reading and speculation and may be helpful for politicians, but not for the majority of people. Most of us will likely never hold any political office. For us these works are of questionable value as guides for action. Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine were all wealthy men and this is reflected in their writing. Both the Republic

Philosophy is a subject that can take many twists and turns before it finds an answer to a general question. Sometimes, an answer is still left unfound. Philosophy, in its broadest terms, can be described as the systematic pursuit of knowledge and human excellence. What we are concerned with is knowledge. Many people have theories of knowledge. Amongst them, there are two we will be looking at, Descartes and Plato. We will examine Descartes' epistemology in Meditations on First Philosophy and Pl

John Locke: The Empiricist Theory of Knowledge: Summary Understanding and knowledge is what makes man superior to all other beings according to John Locke. However, the bounds of this understanding and knowledge are questionable. Is some knowledge innate? How certain can we be about beliefs and the knowledge we have? John Locke attempts to give some insight as to the answers of these questions in his work, The Empiricist Theory of Knowledge. John Locke does not believe in innate knowle

In his book, The Paradoxes of Delusion, Louis Sass attempts to rebut two of most prevalent beliefs of the schizophrenic person. He argues that by viewing the schizophrenic delusions in light of solipsism, a philosophy of existence, the schizophrenic may seem far more understandable. Through his comparison of the schizophrenic and solipsist realities, Sass explains that not only is schizophrenia understandable, but

Trinity College Ancient Greek Philosophy Paper 2-Platonic Dialogues October 7, 1997 The nature of a thing called love has perplexed and confounded humans for thousand of years. Even Socrates himself, believed by many to be among the greatest thinkers of civilization as we know it, entertained the notion of Eros. In several of the Platonic Dialogues, we find wise Socrates satisfying his contemporary audiences' questions regarding Eros, and in doing so, draws countless parallels to o

Plato Plato was born in, 427 B.C., in the city of Athens to an upper-class family. His parents were Ariston and the other was Pericton. Plato's real name was Aristocles. He was called Platon due to the fact that he had a broad forehead and broad shoulders. Plato only recorded two facts, about himself, by himself. They were that he was present in the court room at the trial of Socrates, and that he was one of the friends that offered to pay any fine that may be imposed on Socrate

Abstract John Locke and Thomas Hobbes lived during a very turbulent century in Britain. Both men were great thinkers of their time, but held very different opinions on politics and many other facets of life and man. Both of these men were theorists on natural law and social contracts, but this is where the resemblance between the two ends. The time in which these two men lived can account for the pessimistic views of Hobbes on the nature of man and the ideal form of government. Locke, howev