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Appearance versus Reality in Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy - Appearance versus Reality in Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy Bertrand Russell's method of approaching his subject in Problems of Philosophy embraces the Cartesian technique of radical doubt, in which the author revokes any former assumptions about certain reality and existence. In the first chapters, Russell's enquiry into the nature of reality in comparison to appearance begins with the observation of his immediate surroundings. By examining a table, for example, he determines that the table's colour, texture, and shape are sufficient to prompt doubt as to whether or not the table exists....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]
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Skepticism and the Philosophy of Language in Early Modern Thought - Skepticism and the Philosophy of Language in Early Modern Thought ABSTRACT: This paper discusses the importance of skeptical arguments for the philosophy of language in early modern thought. It contrasts the rationalist conception of language and knowledge with that of philosophers who adopt some sort of skeptical position, maintaining that these philosophers end up by giving language a greater importance than rationalists. The criticism of the rationalists' appeal to natural light is examined, as well as skeptical arguments limiting knowledge such as the so-called 'maker's knowledge' argument....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]
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Philosophy for a Society in this Day and Age of Virtual Reality - Philosophy for a Society in this Day and Age of Virtual Reality ABSTRACT: Virtual reality is more than only high tech. We encounter this phenomenon in everyday media worlds and economy. The sign dominates the signed. Philosophy can describe this phenomenon by means of a different ontological analysis following Poppers theory of the three worlds and can prepare new ontological categories for knowledge of acting. After twenty minutes the test person seems to be absent. With a cyberhelmet on his head he looks around the virtual room....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical essays] 2278 words
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Comparing Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy and Plato's The Republic - In the field of philosophy there can be numerous answers to a general question, depending on a particular philosopher's views on the subject. Often times an answer is left undetermined. In the broad sense of the word and also stated in the dictionary philosophy can be described as the pursuit of human knowledge and human values. There are many different people with many different theories of knowledge. Two of these people, also philosophers, in which this paper will go into depth about are Descartes and Plato....   [tags: Compare Contrast philosophy] 1499 words
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The Logical Fallacies of Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy - The Logical Fallacies of Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy includes a proof for the existence of material objects, such as trees. Descartes accomplishes this by first doubting all things, from which he learns that he can be certain of nothing but his own existence as a thinking thing. From this established certainty, Descartes is able to provide proof for the existence of God, and, finally proof of the existence of material objects. Descartes’ proof of God, however, from which the proof of material things is made possible, is suspect: the proof relies on knowledge of clear and distinct ideas but knowledge of clear and distinct ideas...   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]
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The Educational Philosophy I Will Incorporate in My Classroom - The Educational Philosophy I Will Incorporate in My Classroom Education serves as the foundation to a lifetime of learning. Since every child is unique, I believe that it is important for them to learn in an environment that is both secure and stimulating. By creating this type of atmosphere, the students will be able to realize their intelligence and use it constructively. As a future educator, it will be my goal to establish a classroom that is, 1) non-authoritarian, 2) student-centered, and 3) focused around student experience....   [tags: Educational Philosophy Education Teacher] 815 words
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My Philosophy on Education - Hopes, Goals, and Dreams - My Philosophy on Education - Hopes, Goals, and Dreams When I was sixteen I started working with children from low socioeconomic backgrounds at a Family Resource Center. Everyday I saw how many of the children got overlooked at home and at school. This experience was critical in my decision to become a teacher because I know that I will always go the extra mile with each and every child. All children have lots of potential and need to be able to express it in some form whether it is with creative writing, making maps or building a model....   [tags: Teaching Philosophy Education] 786 words
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Moral Philosophy as Applied Science by Ruse and Wilson - Moral Philosophy as Applied Science by Ruse and Wilson Ruse and Wilson in "Moral Philosophy as Applied Science" give the example of brother-sister incest avoidance as being an ethical code motivated by an epigenetic rule that confers an adaptive advantage on those who avoid intercourse with their siblings....   [tags: Moral Philosophy Genetics] 1900 words
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My Philosophy of Education - A teacher is a combination of the most important professions in the world: doctor, mother, philosopher, motivational speaker, scientist, counselor, and so much more. Besides a child’s parents, an educator is the biggest influence in a child’s life. A student’s educational experience is what molds many of the events of their future, which is why I want to become a teacher. I want to be a mold for younger generations, and I hope for students to remember a knowledgeable and ethical teacher. My desire as an educator is to be able to provide the knowledge and experience that is required for a student to survive today....   [tags: Philosophy of Education, Education, teachers, ] 598 words
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My Philosophy of Nursing - I chose nursing as my profession because nursing is my ideal profession. In nursing, I can provide others with the care and the knowledge they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I can also give others the love and attention they need to be proud of the life they live. I think that society is very vulnerable and I want to make great contributions to the world of nursing. I don’t just want to be a nurse. I want to be a great nurse who is looked up to because of my experience, knowledge, and competence as a healthcare professional....   [tags: Nursing Philosophy Essays]
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My Teaching Philosophy - There are many skills and attributes that one must possess to be an outstanding educator. To be an outstanding teacher one must seek growth in their students, challenging them to push themselves past what they already know with confidence. Giving students encouragement when they feel discouraged about the objective at hand is vital in the classroom. Although these are just two of the many important attributes a teacher must possess I would like to talk to you further about the skills of an effective teacher....   [tags: Philosophy of Teaching] 776 words
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Philosophy within Donnie Darko - In the movie Donnie Darko a jet engine from the future crashes into Donnie's bedroom and starts a parallel world which will end in twenty eight days. Donnie's sister, Elizabeth, gets dropped off by her boyfriend, Frank, seconds before the jet engine lands in Donnie's room. Donnie was not hurt in this freak accident because he was called outside during his sleep by a giant rabbit named Frank. (And as the movie continues Donnie gets farther and farther away from his house every time he sleep walks....   [tags: Philosophy] 545 words
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Beliefs Beyond Doubt, What All Other Respond To: Rene Descartes' "Meditations on First Philosophy" - Rene Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy is considered to be one of the most important works in modern philosophy. John Locke, Immanuel Kant, and countless other philosophers wrote largely in response to Descartes. Yet there are serious doubts related to the treatise's major argument. In the Objections and Replies, a collection of objections to the work along with Descartes personal and often very detailed replies to said objections, the philosopher Antoine Arnauld raises the question of whether or not Descartes was guilty of circular reasoning....   [tags: Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy,] 2010 words
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My Philosophy of Education and Those with Disabilities - There are 50 million people in the United States who have some kind of disability. People with disabilities are discriminated against in the United States. It is not a discrimination that is talked about like race, or gender. This discrimination usually takes the form of avoidance. People to do understand, or know how to act around a person with a disability, so they ignore the person. This is not right because people should not be defined by a disability; instead they need to be recognized as a person, just like any one else....   [tags: Disabilities, Philosophy of Education, Education, ] 1405 words
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The Philosophy of Language - Philosophy means love of wisdom. Philosophy is understanding about nature and reality such as the world in which they live, their relationship to the world, and meaning of existance. It is a guide for living, because the issue is address are basic and pervasive, determining the course we take in live and how we treat other people. People who study philosophy are always engaged in asking, answering, and arguing for their answers to life's most basic question.Language is the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication....   [tags: communication, understanding, nature] 537 words
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Nursing Leadership Philosophy - Leadership is all about having the right amount of heart and determination to help make a difference in someone’s life. It takes certain qualities to be considered a good leader. A leader should want to help inspire others to make a change and to be the best that they can be. A true leader does not need to feel powerful, instead they empower those around them. Throughout my life I have come across various leaders who have made an impact on my life. It takes a very special person to inspire and touch people’s lives....   [tags: Nursing Leadership, Leadership Philosophy]
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My Leadership Philosophy - Leaders do not just appear out of thin air and automatically start making great things happen in the world. A leader must learn from prior leaders or role models that they are surrounded by that they look up to. Not everyone can be a leader, only some people have the correct characteristics it takes to lead others in the right direction. Those who do great things, for example volunteering at a homeless shelter, are not leaders. Many people mistake a “great person” as being a leader, which is completely incorrect (Kouzes and Posner, p....   [tags: Leadership Philosophy Essays]
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The Definition of Philosophy - The Definition of Philosophy A personal or moral philosophy is an idea about how one should live, or how one should act. Often we will hear a person state that their philosophy about life is to “live it to the fullest” or to “take the bull by the horns” or any number of clichés. The usage of the word philosophy by these people, while correct by definition, differs from the word so closely associated with the great thinkers of our past, present and future. Philosophy, as it means to those in the quest for knowledge, the meaning of life, and the truth of all things, has a much greater, but much less concise meaning....   [tags: Life, Truth, Answers]
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Science Vs Philosophy - You have a person. An event occurs. The event enters into the sensory perceptions the person. The person's experience, logic, and beliefs (in other words the brain) will interpret this in a fashion parallel to the person's brain. This is the interpretation of the astronaut. You may or may not have a person. If the person exists, the event enters into his sensory perceptions. If it could be proven that his sensory perceptions are completely accurate (that is, if it could be proven that what we experience with our senses represents the largest, most complete picture of everything) then the person will interpret this in a fashion parallel to this person's brain....   [tags: Philosophy] 1838 words
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The Significance of System Cybernetics for Contemporary Philosophy- Post-Modernity in System Cybernetics - The Significance of System Cybernetics for Contemporary Philosophy- Post-Modernity in System Cybernetics ABSTRACT: I call the union of cybernetics and systems theory 'Systems Cybernetics.' Cybernetics and systems theory might be thought of a major source of today's striking development in cyber-technology, the science of complex adaptive systems, and so on. Since their genesis about the middle of this century, these two have gradually come to be connected with each other such that they have now formed an integrative theory which can be called Systems Cybernetics....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers] 3250 words
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Being and Humans in Heidegger's Letter on Humanism and in his Contributions to Philosophy - Being and Humans in Heidegger's Letter on Humanism and in his Contributions to Philosophy ABSTRACT: Heidegger's main question, the question of Being concerning human facticity, struggles to uncover the original ground to which humans belong, a ground from which modern society tends to uproot itself through the dominance of calculative and representational thinking. What is most dangerous for Heidegger about this process is that the original ground of humans and beings in general might be covered and forgotten to the extent that humans lose completely the sense of what they truly need....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]
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Scott Consigny on Protagoras and Logos: A Study in Greek Philosophy and Rhetoric. - Scott Consigny on Protagoras and Logos: A Study in Greek Philosophy and Rhetoric Edward Schiappa's cogent and eloquent book fully deserves the praise it has received. As Donovan Ochs observes in his 1991 review of the book (RSQ 21: 3942), Schiappa, presents a clear account of Protagoras' philosophy and supports his reading with a detailed analysis of each of Protagoras' five extant fragments. But even though Schiappa's reading is compelling, we need not necessarily be persuaded by it; for as Protagoras himself remarks, it is always possible to articulate two opposed accounts about everything, and to make the ostensibly weaker account stronger....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers] 3255 words
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Serious Errors within Rene Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy - Serious Errors within Rene Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy One of Rene Descartes’ major culminations in Meditations on First Philosophy is “I must finally conclude that this proposition, I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind” (Descartes:17). This statement can be explicated by examining Descartes’ Cartesian method of doubt and his subsequent discovery of basic truths. Even though I do believe that Descartes concludes with a statement that is accurate: cogito ergo sum, there are areas of his proof that are susceptible to defamation....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]
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The Folly of René Descartes’ Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy - The Folly of René Descartes’ Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy In order to embark on his quest for truth, Descartes first devises his four rules which should serve as a solid foundation for all else that he comes to understand. Those rules are here evaluated in terms of what they fail to take into consideration. The rules are examined individually and consecutively, and are therefore also reiterated in order to be clear about them. Furthermore, the approach of using these rules is also analyzed to some degree....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]
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Anselm’s Philosophy - Anselm’s Philosophy Anselm's definition of AGod starts by saying that God is the greatest being we can possibly think of. When Anselm states this, it essentially means that it is not possible to think of a being greater than God. Anselm also states that if God is the greatest thinkable being, he is referring to the fact that it would be impossible to imagine or to create in ones mind someone or something being better than God. Therefore, it would be impossible to say that God only exists in ones mind because it is much greater to exist in reality than it is to exist only in ones mind....   [tags: Religion Philosophy Philosophical Essays] 1552 words
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Marxist Philosophy - Although there is a strong diverse controversy tied with the name of Karl Marx, he was concerned primarily with human freedom, stimulating the ancient concept of Communism, in which human beings might fulfill their cooperative roles within society, without the fear of exploitation. He saw the historical period of capitalism as the "menacing" antagonist of such freedom; menacing because unlike serfdom (the predecessor of capitalism in the evolution of social relations), capitalism enabled the illusion of freedom even though it relied on those who have nothing to sell but their labor and those, who through the power of capital and property, exploit such labor for profit....   [tags: Philosophy] 2238 words
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What is Philosophy? - The subject of Philosophy and its subcategories have been widely discussed in both the Western and non-Western world albeit with different focuses. Philosophy includes many different subfields involving investigation into our existence. These subfields include epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, and Metaphilosophy. Epistemology focuses on the study of Knowledge, also known as “Theory of Knowledge”. Ethics involves the study of moral values and rules, Logic; the study of reasoning....   [tags: Eastern and Western Philosophies]
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Philosophy in Literature - Have you ever wondered why literature has become what it is today. Why people started to write literature in the first place, and why readers where so motivated about books. Philosophy, the word itself is not as complex as its meaning, but so is literature. Philosophy is a study that seeks answers to enduring questions about existence and reality. The aim of this curiosity for more is the sole purpose to discover the nature of truth and knowledge, finding what is life and its meaning. Philosophy not only examines nature and life, but also humanity as an individual and humanity as a society....   [tags: logic, reasoning, ethical values] 2689 words
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Philosophy for Children - I. The concept of the Community of Inquiry Central to the heart of P4C lies the notion of a community of inquiry. Originally a term from Pierce to reference interaction among scientists, the concept of "COI" dominates the discussion of educational revisionism as presented by commentators on the P4C movement. The key description marking a COI is: a group (a social setting) of individuals who use dialogue (interaction among participants) to search out the problematic borders of a puzzling concept (inquiry as philosophical.) Implicit in the ideal workings of this group are two key concepts: a demonstration of thinking that is caring (each member is supported and allowed to be an integral mem...   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Metaphysical]
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Philosophy of Science or Scientific Philosophy? - Philosophy of Science or Scientific Philosophy. ABSTRACT: Pursuit of Ultimate Reality forms the foundation of philosophical inquiry. The present paper represents a pursuit of this sort. Here I make a humble effort at making philosophy scientific— an effort which is based on the revival of Atomism initially formulated by some ancient philosophers of the East and West: Jainas, Vaisesikas, Democritus, Beucippus and others. Every material particle, however minute, is composite and divisible; naturally, the original 'stuff' of the Universe is required to be 'non-particular.' Modern physicists have reached the terminal point of the method of analysis and succeeded to transform a very little part o...   [tags: Philosophical Essays]
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Garret Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons and Plato and Marx Philosophy of Communal Property - Garrett Hardin developed the concept of the Tragedy of the Commons. The basic concept is a giant pasture that is for everyone to have a piece of land and for the herdsman to have as many cattle a possible to sustain the land. This land should be able to maintain itself for quite a long time because of cattle dying as well as the population staying relatively stable. But at some point the population will begin growing and the herdsman will want to maximize their profits by having more cattle, which in return the land cannot sustain....   [tags: Philosophy] 708 words
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My Personal Philosophy of Education - An educator means that you are someone who cares and wants to see children be successful in your class and in their futures. The reason I want to become an educator is to make a difference in a child's life. I have worked with children for over seven years and everyday I spend with a child I learn someone new, about them and about myself. I want to give back to the community in which I was raised. I want to show them that they have helped make me become what I am today. A teacher can make a difference in a child's life to the good or bad if they went into the field for the wrong reason....   [tags: Philosophy of Education Statement Teaching] 1241 words
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My Philosophy of Education - From a very early age, I had two major goals in life. I wanted to be a good father, and a good musician. Although my determination to be a good father to any children I may have was contributed to in part by a less then ideal upbringing, my tenacious pursuit of music was precipitated by much more positive influences. Initially I was going to be a lawyer. I loved the courtroom drama and the “presentation” part of things. And I was very good at public speaking and my mother was thrilled because the income prospects of such a career were very promising....   [tags: Statement of Education Philosophy 2014]
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My Philosophy of Education - Education should always be striving for a more just, more hopeful and more curious world. Education is fuel for the fire of positive change...  Education serves as a way to pass shared history, knowledge and values from one generation to the next.  In my opinion, education should be accessible, equitable, transparent and honest.  The role of school in the life of a child should be one that encourages and empowers while also facilitating and ensuring the acquisition of knowledge and understanding needed to participate fully in and succeed in the wider world.  Education has the power to maintain a society as well as to change it.  Without learning there is no teaching...  In the classroom, t...   [tags: Statement of Education Philosophy 2014] 462 words
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The Philosophy of Teaching - My Philosophy of Teaching Philisophical teaching stratigies include the following disciplines, essentialism, existentialism, and many others. Of these stratigies the philisophicla approaches each include a distinct direction in the style and type of learning taking place. Lessons should include these philisophical teaching stratigies within there designed properties. Although all of the stratigies may be able to incorporate all learning disciplines and learning styles a lesson does not need to contain the entire array of philisophical stratigies....   [tags: Education Teachers School Essays] 1105 words
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The Importance of Philosophy - The Importance of Philosophy ‘Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves.’ (Bertrand Russell, Problem of Philosophy, pp. 93-94). Discuss the usefulness (or the lack of it) of studying philosophy with reference to the statement above....   [tags: Papers] 1304 words
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The Value of Philosophy - The Value of Philosophy The word “philosophy” is derived from two ancient Greek words, “philos” meaning ‘love of’ and “sophia” meaning ‘wisdom’. Philosophers are lovers of wisdom. They have had the time and resources to sit back and wonder about what things really are like when all the pieces are fitted into one final accounting. The history of philosophy is generally divided into four stages or periods. Ancient philosophy covers Greek and Roman philosophy. Medieval philosophy deals with the great attempts by Christian, Jewish, and Arab thinkers to synthesize their religious faiths with Greek and Roman philosophy....   [tags: Papers] 756 words
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My Teaching Philosophy - The teaching context I have chosen for my work in this class is Spanish. Spanish would be taught as a foreign language for second and third grade students in an Elementary School in the United States. However, it is important to point out that there is diversity of cultural backgrounds, (some students are from India, China, and Korea, etc…) but all of them speak English. The proficiency level of the target language will be a beginner, though the students have been already exposed to the target language since they have had Spanish instruction since kinder....   [tags: Teaching Philosophy 2014]
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My Teaching Philosophy - Teaching Context: My teaching context consists of 7 young learners that are currently enrolled at E.C.C. (English Center for Children), which is a private English academy located in Tongyeong, South Korea. These students are around 12 and 13 years of age and are among the most advanced in the school. Their parents want them to learn English as a Foreign Language (EFL) because many Koreans see English as a tool for their child’s upward mobility within the society. This particular class takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:30-8:10 p.m....   [tags: Philosophy on Education 2014]
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The Future of Philosophy - The Future of Philosophy Higher education worldwide is affected by budget cuts and dwindling financial resources. Today, science and scholarship can only find broad recognition if their endeavors provide material success. If subjected to the rigours of the market, the humanities do not score favorably, and it seems that in the scale of profit-making disciplines philosophy ranks last. In order for academic philosophy to maintain itself in these times, two goals need to be pursued consistently: a) philosophy should address problems of practical concern — such as society's ethical, social, and even metaphysical needs — presenting them in a commonly accessible fashion; b) philosophers should d...   [tags: Education Learning Schooling Papers]
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The Value of Philosophy - The Value of Philosophy Consider a man that looks to material needs as the necessities of life. He moves through his world in a twenty-four hour cycle of the mundane, never reaching for a less ignorant existence. Bertrand Russell believes that these "practical men", as society deems them, are wrongly named. A meaningful life to this "practical man", certainly does not include the understanding of a need for knowledge. Russell states, "It is exclusively among the goods of the mind that the value of philosophy is to be found; and only those who are not indifferent to these goods can be persuaded that the study of philosophy is not a waste of time" (page 9)....   [tags: Papers] 828 words
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The Philosophy of Medicine - The Philosophy of Medicine Philosophy of Medicine. In Arthur Caplan's 1992 paper entitled "Does The Philosophy of Medicine Exist?" he argues that if a philosophy of medicine existed it would be concerned with epistemological or metaphysical questions. Caplan states "The goal of the philosophy of medicine is epistemological" (71). Caplan adds "the goal of the inquiry is to understand what those in medicine think they know and why they think they know it" (71). In conversation with Professor Caplan he has recently stated that he still holds the conclusion of his paper: namely, that a philosophy of medicine does not currently exist.[1] It will be my general aim to look at the discussion that...   [tags: Epistemology]
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The Importance of Philosophy - The Importance of Philosophy “All things in life are philosophical.” This is a well-known quote by the renowned Greek scientist/philosopher Aristotle. When one is to imagine life without thought, free will or knowledge, they are left to only imagine the oblivion they would be left to reside in. To me, philosophy is more than ethics, esthetics, and epistemology... it is the ability to stand ones ground with certain viewpoints, attitudes and beliefs. Philosophy seemed to be the center of the majority of peoples lives Before the Common Era, yet today it also upholds just as much, if not more, importance to the normal person than of the ‘scientist’ or renowned ‘theorist.’ Philosophy makes...   [tags: Papers] 579 words
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Research Philosophy - Research philosophy, refers to the development of knowledge adopted by the researchers in their research (Saunders, Lewis and Thornhill, 2009). In other words, it is the theory that used to direct the researcher for conducting the procedure of research design, research strategy, questionnaire design and sampling (Malhotra, 2009). It is very important to have a clear understanding of the research philosophy so that we could examine the assumptions about the way we view the world, which are contained in the research philosophy we choose, knowing that whether they are appropriate or not (Saunders, Lewis and Thornhill, 2009)....   [tags: Ontology, Epistemology] 745 words
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Educational Philosophy - Thus far, my personal philosophy does not fall under any one of the traditional ideologies introduced in class. At its core, my philosophy consists of four different parts. Broadly termed, one might ascribe them the names: essential topics, relation, discovery and creativity. This philosophy has developed from my own beliefs and limited experiences in education. The first aspect is the idea that there are five topics that are essential for an extensive and complete education. Having been taught for over 2,500 years, math, science, history, philosophy and art have withstood the test of time....   [tags: Education]
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Nursing Philosophy - Nursing is a science in which all the needs of a person are met through the proper use of the nursing process. With health care as a universal human right, it encompasses a process that involves a collaborative care of people of all ages and communities in all settings. Nursing is essential in promoting health, prevention of illness, care of the sick and disabled people in the society. Nursing advocates for the promotion of a safe environment, research, shaping health policies, education and patient health management systems....   [tags: Nursing Essays] 1286 words
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what is philosophy - Very briefly, philosophy might be regarded as a conceptual enquiry dealing with fundamental issues relating to life, knowledge and values. By conceptual enquiry we mean an enquiry that relies primarily on critical reasoning. This includes : Analysing the meaning of concepts Identifying logical connections between theories Evaluating arguments and exposing fallacies Here is a Chinese newspaper article from MingPao on how philosophy improves critical thinking. Philosophy and other subjects According to such a conception of philosophy, philosophy is distinctive in both its method and subject matter....   [tags: essays research papers] 614 words
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Philosophy is Important - Philosophy is Important Everybody has something to learn about Philosophy. With the numerous different courses available to students at State University, one will always be able to find new and pertinent information not covered before in previous classes. This assures students that they will not be forced to take a class that is primarily review. By requiring students to take philosophy courses, the school is guaranteeing they get the full education they deserve. Philosophy is important because it helps to mature the whole person, instead of restricting them in a specialization of a particular field of study....   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 344 words
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Originality Of Philosophy - Originality of Philosophy Feb.25.1997 What is philosophy. What does a philosopher really do. Questions like these can be answered in a review of Philosophy Now. What can possibly be answered.....questions which have them. And what is it that philosophers study. Generally, most philosophers study questions in which there is no rational or justifiable answer. And the type of articles in the magazine are very interesting because they elighten the reader to question the answers. Some of the articles in this issue are “Bakunin: Anarchist or Antichrist?”, “ Practical Solipsism”, “Introduction to Ontology”, “Orwell and Philosophy”, some other brief articles, an Internet page, and even some...   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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philosophy of education - Progressivism My personal philosophy of education is most closely related to progressivism, which is a school of thought advocating that truth is determined by function. Progressivism is an educational philosophy focused on providing students with the skills and knowledge necessary not only to survive but also to succeed in a contemporary and competitive society. William James and John Dewey are accredited for developing the characteristically American philosophy of education that is progressivism....   [tags: essays research papers] 547 words
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Philosophy as Metaphysics - Philosophy as Metaphysics (1) ABSTRACT: Philosophy works with special types of objects: the totalities. The basic characteristics of this type of object are their metaphysical, transcendental, and total character. The character of these objects determines the specificity of language and the methods of philosophy. The language of philosophy represents symbolic language; speculation is the basic method of philosophy. On the one hand, objects of this type emphasis homo sapien as essences capable of constructing such objects, which in turn assumes the ability of human consciousness to make synthetic acts....   [tags: Philosophical Papers]
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What is Philosophy? - What is Philosophy. I believe that Philosophy is the study of different ways of thinking. In philosophy, you should question everything and never take anything for face value. There are always two sides to every coin as there are different ways of looking at things, is what philosophy teaches us. In philosophy, you must throw off all the limitations you have set on yourself when dealing with how you view things and how things seem to be. Reality is a big topic of discussion in philosophy. How you view things may not be how they really are....   [tags: essays research papers] 396 words
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Metaphors in Philosophy - This paper deals with the question of whether metaphors are sufficient for the fulfillment of philosophical tasks, and, if they are, which cognitive or methodological place metaphors can have within philosophical discourse. We can distinguish three attitudes toward metaphors. First is the general rejection of metaphors in philosophy. Second is the unrestricted affirmation of metaphors as ‘absolute’ and as compensating for metaphysics. This conception will be analyzed critically and shown to be self-contradictory....   [tags: Language Metaphor Papers]
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Philosophy of Education - Philosophy of Education Education is inevitable. It is all around us because we can learn from virtually anything. When you are cooking, dancing, talking or any other activity you have actually had to learn several things to be able to do them. In the educational perspective, I am a pragmatist and I tend to follow after Dewey's footsteps. The concept of Pragmatism is one that developed in the 20th century. My philosophy is based on the idea that learning should involve real-life situations. Learning becomes more concrete to a student when they apply it to real-life situations, as where learning things that do not connect to them has more of an abstract sense....   [tags: Papers] 1240 words
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Philosophy on education - The philosophy that I feel the strongest connection to is Progressivism. In my educational journey the teachers that have made the most significant impact have been progressive. From K-12, I had two teachers who used the progressivism method and the lessons that I learned from them are still with me today. The progressive teachers express more individuality and creativity than others. Progressive educators relate material to real-life experiences that the learner can relate to. They generally conduct group activities rather than individual assignments....   [tags: essays research papers] 504 words
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Philosophy of Existentialism - Philosophy of Existentialism From what I understand reading Jean-Paul Sartre's work the Existentialism is philosophy that places emphasis on individual existence, subjectivism, and freedom of making choice. According to Sartre, Existentialism is philosophy that states that "if God does not exist, there is at least one being in whom existence precedes essence." It seems that Sartre's theory rests on this thesis that 'existence precedes essence' and therefore it should be basis for any further discussion or understanding of this philosophy....   [tags: Papers] 345 words
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Philosophy is Important - Philosophy is Important Philosophy is an important subject, because it helps us understand three big questions; “why are we here”, “what do we do”, and “how do we treat each other”. These are important questions to answer because without them we may end up in a situation much like the Taliban is in right now. Complete chaos created from confusion about those three big questions. These questions are left in a general sense because there are many different ways to look at them. After all we have many different people with many different ideas and so to come to a more concise understanding of such important topics we need everyone’s viewpoint....   [tags: essays research papers] 2661 words
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Philosophy of Teaching - Philosophy of Teaching There are a variety of different styles and philosophies that can be applied to education by teachers. There is no set philosophy, but I feel that the combination of Essentialism and Progressivism philosophies are most compatible with my current educational views. One might say that these two philosophies are exact opposites, but I believe they can co-exist with one another. Essentialism is contingent upon the basic subject matter, whereas, Progressivism places the student’s interest above the importance of the subject matter....   [tags: Education Careers Essays] 1091 words
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philosophy - Philo- means love and –sophia means wisdom. So what does philosophy mean. Philosophy can mean many things. It could be the freedom to reflect, the ideas behind the force of question such as What is life?, Who is god?, Who am I?, etc. Philosophy could be a persons beliefs. Philosophy dates back a long time. It started with Plato talking about platonic forms, moving onto Socrates who used analogies. Others such as Locke, Rousseau, and Dewey also put our their views of philosophy. To me philosophy is a way of thinking, believing, and understanding....   [tags: essays research papers] 900 words
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Philosophy - Many philosophers said that the philosophy is almost in the end. It¡¦s ¡§the death of philosophy¡¨. Maybe because most of the people only focus on how to make a living nowadays, besides, no work, no pay, I don¡¦t blame them. Also the dominating trend of science, people are tend to be more realistic and practical thinking, more incline on material satisfation. Although many top scientists know the importance of philosophy and the existence of the unseen dimension but most of the people don¡¦t bother much on that, they just want to aquire a practical living skill which allow them to make a living, they don¡¦t bother to try to think in another philosophical way, after all they don¡¦t w...   [tags: essays research papers] 554 words
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Philosophy - Philosophy, the Greek word for "love of wisdom," has been defined in a variety of ways, one of which is the notion that philosophy is the rational attempt to formulate, understand, and answer fundamental questions (Voices of Wisdom). What makes people partake in philosophy. It is philosophy that we turn to when we have the need to seek out a guiding principle for our lives. Therefore, philosophy holds a prominent place in society and in the world. Basically, everyone is a philosopher, but it takes the creative genius and reasoning of brilliant thinkers to bring about world-shattering concepts....   [tags: Ethics] 631 words
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Philosophy - Philosophy Philosophy started when human beings started to ask questions, about how and what things are actually, due to curiosity. The things that caused these questions to come about were the people started to realize that everything isn’t exactly what it appears to be. Philosophy started in the town of Miletus, many early philosophers came from here. The philosophers started their work around 585 B.C. Thales, one of the early Miletus philosophers, left no writings behind, all we know about him is memorable incidents recorded by later writers....   [tags: Papers] 1130 words
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Philiosophy - Philiosophy Philosophy is an all-important aspect of our lives. It is philosophy that we turn to when have the need to seek out a guiding principle for our lives. Therefore, philosophy holds a prominent place in society and in the world. Basically, everyone is a philosopher, but it takes the creative genius and reasoning of brilliant thinkers to bring about world-shattering concepts. Nevertheless, the common man also ruminates about his life and his unique existence to try to find the meaning of his life....   [tags: Papers] 506 words
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Philosophy - Philosophy “Theories of Connectivity” paints a picture of our tomorrow. It names some of the advancements that we have made in technological areas. Everyday computer companies and universities are devising ways to insert computer systems into every facet of our lives. They have made GPS systems for our cars, palm pilots for easy Internet access, and digital jewelery for easy communication and information storage. We are in an age of network. “The average American house already contains more than 40 computers....   [tags: social issues] 2069 words
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Philosophy - Philosophy When I was born, I did not know the difference between right and wrong. Now, I do. The word philosophy means the love of knowledge. One type of knowledge is propter quid, which ask the question why or how. In this paper, I will demonstrate how Socrates, Hume and Aristotle, three well known philosophers, would explain how I acquired this knowledge in relation to the principles of right and wrong. Socrates is the first philosopher, I will discuss....   [tags: Papers] 1426 words
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Philosophy - Interpreting Plato Alfred North Whitehead once remarked that all of philosophy is but a footnote to Plato. This proves true in the case of St. Augustine’s Confessions, where he specifies Plato’s good as God by personalizing the forms, Eros, sin, and recollection. Specifically, Augustine’s idea of “original sin,” forgetfulness and recollection follow the philosophy of Plato, bringing them into the “God realm,” rather leaving them in a figurative sense open for interpretation. In the Confessions, Augustine says that “the soul commits fornication when it is turned away from you and, apart from you, seeks such pure, clean things as it does not find except when it returns to you” (2.6.14)....   [tags: essays research papers] 1130 words
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Philosophy - Philosophy “Man’s life is a line that nature commands him to describe upon the surface of the Earth without ever being able to swerve from it, even for an instant…His organization does in nowise depend upon himself, his ideas come to him involuntarily, his habits are in the power of those who cause him to contract them…He is good or bad, happy or miserable, wise or foolish, reasonable or irrational, without his will being for anything in these various states.” -D’Holbach I believe D’Holbach is trying to convey essentially that man is deprived of “free will.” Mankind in no way possesses any control of their actions, being, personality, or will....   [tags: essays research papers] 375 words
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Philosophy - My Philosophy 02\15\00 I often sit and wonder is there a greater being that created all that is around us. I always find myself with the same conclusion there must be. Everyone was created for a purpose even if that is to be a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen, that might make a difference in their life. Everyone has their place and who they are in the world. Everyone should have the freedom to not be judged and the freedom to express their individuality. Love should be expressed more between people, a simple smile is a sign of love for another....   [tags: essays research papers] 581 words
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Philosophy - Philosophy In today’s world the school plays an increasingly important role in the lives of students. To some it is a place to learn; others--a place to socialize or perhaps where one can get away from the stresses of home for a period of time. To this writer, school is a bridge that spans from early childhood to adult life. It provides the means by which students are afforded the opportunity to acquire knowledge, form relationships and mature. As a future educator, it is my goal to provide a friendly, comfortable atmosphere in which these ideals can materialize....   [tags: Education School Essays] 1555 words
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Philosophy - Philosophy I believe that education is a tool that prepares students for life as an adult. As a teacher, I will strive to teach students and help them discover talents that they are not aware of. I will encourage and inspire students to fulfill his/her goals. In my classroom, I believe I would want a student – center class curriculum. Students should have a chance to express their opinion on what goes on in the classroom. I would accept their opinion and try to compromise between my point of views and the students....   [tags: Teaching Education School Essays] 860 words
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philosophy - Chapter’s 3 & 4 Synopsis Chapters 3 & 4 Synopsis I believe the assumption of an external reality is the assumption that there is a real world that is external to our mind and senses, and that it exists whether or not we as observers exist, and whether or not we are observing it. This assumption cannot be proved because all of our perceptions, without exception, are mental images, and we have no means to go beyond our mental images. It is one we all commonly make without even thinking about it....   [tags: essays research papers] 1225 words
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Philosophy - Philosophy 2) Because people are constantly changing, there must exist a difference in between a person. We are always making decisions in our life so in doing so, we become a different person each time. Whatever happens in your life, you are still the same person. As put, you are what you can remember. This is made clear when he mentions "For it is by the consciousness it has of its present thoughts and actions, that it is self to itself new, and so will be the same self, as far as the same consciousness can extend to actions past or to come…whatever substances contributed to their production"....   [tags: Papers] 879 words
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Greek Philosophy - Greek Philosophy Philosophy, the use of reason and argument in seeking truth and knowledge of reality. Throughout history man has searched for the origins of his existence, both on an outward and inward level, seeking truth and understanding of his world. The first culture to actively explore this idea of philosophy was the Greeks. Because their civilization placed less emphasis on religion and the masses didn't have to constantly answer to religious figures man had time to explore other things....   [tags: Papers] 680 words
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American Philosophy - American Philosophy In all its forms, American philosophy emphasizes freedom and the supreme importance of the individual. Indeed, an examination of four major American writers shows these concepts in all four main schools of American thought-- Epicureanism, Transcendentalism, Pragmatism, and Protestantism. Epicureanism is the pursuit of pleasure in order to avoid pain. This philosophy is very American. One of the most famous American-Epicureans is Walt Whitman. Whitman is, perhaps, America's greatest poet....   [tags: Papers] 518 words
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greek philosophy - Greek Religion is the beginning to Greek philosophy and the beginning to many great philosophers. The lack of stimulation that Greek religion is the main reason why the study of philosophy became so popular in Greek culture. Philosophy of religion was studied because people like Socrates did not understand why things were and why they had to be only that way. The lack of religion is what led to people and philosophers questioning the ethical choices people followed. Philosophy is a study of beliefs and knowledge by a group or an individual; the study of philosophy according to Socrates was supposed to lead man with knowledge that equaled virtue that eventually led to happiness....   [tags: essays research papers] 979 words
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Educational Philosophy - Educational Philosophy Growing up, I have always been surrounded by teachers. My mother, father, and stepmother are currently teachers and my grandmother is a former teacher. Automatically it was assumed that I too would become a teacher, but I had another profession in mind. I always enjoyed playing school when I was little, but I enjoyed playing house more. House may have had an impact on the profession I had in mind. I wanted to become an interior decorator because I loved decorating and arranging my house....   [tags: Education Educating Teaching Essays] 1069 words
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Philosophy Statement - Philosophy Statement Education is the window to the world. It can be possibly described as the eyes, the ears, the heart and the soul of every person who has entered a classroom. Why is education important. For me, it is important because it helps develop a student intellectually, socially, and emotionally. It encompasses a wide range of talents that is essential to the every day world. Education is a universal concept due to the fact that it is widely available to every child in the United State....   [tags: Education Teaching Teachers Essays] 849 words
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Educational Philosophy - Educational Philosophy An educational philosophy is a conceptual framework of personal and professional beliefs. Experiences both inside and outside of the classroom will alter this philosophy. An educator’s philosophy is ever changing and should be reviewed and rethought periodically. However, at this philosophies core some elements should never change. This paper will attempt to shed light on what I believe to be concrete elements of any good teacher’s philosophy. While investigating my personal thoughts and desires as to how I hope to achieve maximum learning....   [tags: Education Teaching Teachers Essays] 948 words
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