Project #27853 - philosophy

*The length of responses should be about 300 - 350 words per response.

*Written expression should be clear, legible, and coherent.

*Students should aim to show their knowledge of relevant material from the unit in answering the questions.

*Go directly to the relevant weekly reading for each question below; good answers will show comprehension of these.

1. In Plato’s story of the Cave, the prisoner who returns from the surface is “unsighted” for a while coming from light to darkness (Week 3 reading p.244-5). Plato says the same thing applies to the mind. As best as you can, describe what Plato means here, and then, how is such a person treated according to the story?

 

2. Aristotlewrote - “Life seems to be common even to plants, but we are seeking what is peculiar to man.” (p. 8 Week 4 Aristotle pdf) What is it that he seeks, and then why is it important to know, according to Aristotle?

 

3 Descartes writes that he will go so far as to “consider myself as having no hands or eyes” (First Meditation, p.3). Describe briefly why he says this in terms of the “enormous task” he has set for himself at the start of the Meditations.

 

6. Explain briefly the positive roles that doubt can play in our thinking – follow Descartes and expand further.

 

 

12. If my parents have decided my future for me when I was too young to understand, and that is all I have known, will I be failing to exercise my freedom if I say I cannot change? Discuss with reference to Sartre.

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 04/15/2014 11:00 am
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