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PHIL 1F90 Lecture 1: What is Philosophy?

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1F90
Professor
Richard Brown
Semester
Fall

Description
PHIL 1F90 – September 6 , 2012th What is Philosophy? Concepts are very much like water if they are clear you can see to the bottom if they are unclear your thinking can be murky. Branches of Philosophy  Metaphysics o What is real? o Question of Human Nature. o Science wants to tell us that only material things exist. o Most of tend to believe only what realism tells us.  Epistemology o How do I know? o “How do we know that Bachelors are actually unmarried men?”  Ethics o What is good? What is right? What is just?  Aesthetics o What is beautiful? The Goal of PHIL1F90  To help you think!  Help you think through some of the most important and exciting philosophical problems! Philosophy can be Dangerous  Knowledge about sex can be dangerous  Knowledge about philosophy can be dangerous.  Knowledge brings power and power brings philosophy. “All philosophy is a footnote to Plato”. – A.N. Whitehead  Plato was so important that every single philosopher since Plato stands in
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