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Philosophy 2730F/G
Ryan Robb

Media Ethics, Philosophy 2730 What is philosophy? - the lover of wisdom - but for the purpose of the course like this one is the methodology by which a philosopher gathers wisdom - the manner by which philosophers ensure their belief are evident Arguments can be represented as follows: - premise(p): it was raining when I cam in to class - p2: the weather network says the rain is expected to continue - c: it will probably still be raining when I leave class - practically, philosophical arguments are intended to at the very least convince those to whom the argument is presented to accept the conclusion of the argument as compelling or plausible - ideally, a philosophical argument is intended to reveal some truth about the world of the human experience that was previously unknown How do we go about making arguments? - identify a belief that needs to be addressed, some belief, supported by reasons, about which there is uncertainty with respect to its accuracy, and/or ambiguity in respect of its meaning (always a belief presented by others) - once the belief at issue has been identified, you then articulate its flaws (supported by good reasons), or purpose a more compelling alternative (that is more compelling because its supported by better reasons) or both One point we can infer from this two step outline of argument making: a good philosopher only accepts/endorses beliefs that are supported by good reasons, example, beliefs supported by the best possible arguments - good reasons do not imply certainty…owing to the finite and fallible nature of human existence, the best we can hope for is that our beliefs be supported by the best available reasons (never use the word, “prove” in an essay) - this unavoidable uncertainty furt
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