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PHLB91H3 Lecture 1: PHL224 – Lecture 1
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PHL224: Human Nature – Lecture 1 Sept. 11, 2017 WHAT IS PHILOSPOPY? Distinction 1: • Important questions: directly related to matters of central urgent human concern o ex. “is there a cure for cancer?” “does god exist?” – • Unimportant questions: not directly related to matters of central human concern ▪ ex. “how many blades of grass are in Queen’s Park on September 11, 2017?” • this distinction is not so clear because important questions can become unimportant and vice versa. Distinction 2: • Empirical questions: answerable by recourse to sense experience and/or the inductive/abductive methods of the natural sciences. o ex. “is there a cure for cancer?” – empirical can check the science by doing an experiment • Non-empirical questions: not answerable by recourse to sense experience and/or the inductive/abductive methods of the natural sciences. o “does god exist?” – non-empirical, because no experiments can be performed to settle the m
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