Metaphysics

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  • Kantian Ethics In Kant's Grounding For The Metaphysics Of

    expect others to act. He helps people out in their time of need, he conforms to his sense of duty when making important life decisions, and he assumes responsibility for his actions when he does not adhere to his principles. In Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Immanuel Kant spoke of the categorical imperative. Imperatives come in two kinds: hypothetical and categorical. A hypothetical imperative is an action that is good for some purpose and a categorical imperative is an action that is…

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  • Descartes And Gilbert Ryle's Theory Of The Mind-Body Problem

    The beginning of understanding oneself starts with identity. For centuries, philosophers have contemplated a common issue known as the mind-body problem. The mind-body problem is a philosophical problem that asks the question of what we as people are. Are people a mind, a body, or a combination of the two? There are several major works that pertain to this problem, but this argument will focus on those given by Gilbert Ryle, Rene Descartes, and Richard Taylor. Descartes is the oldest and perhaps…

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  • Analysis Of Berkeley's Three Dialogues Between Hylas And Philonous

    he aims to defend idealism (immaterialism), or the notion that real objects are mind-dependent ideas, by attacking the materialist view, or the belief that material things exist independent of the mind. Berkeley believes that the way the current metaphysics is spent doubting is ineffective. He views that philosophers have wasted their lives doubting what others already know exists. Hence, he believes that knowledge is attained through the senses and not by doubting. Therefore, Berkeley refutes…

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  • Rene Descartes Philosophy

    Descartes described that human knowledge was like a tree; trunk was physics and roots were metaphysics. Descartes used three types of axioms to support his thoughts and beliefs. He claimed his axioms to be undoubtable. One of his axioms that was ethical was “I exist”, there was also the physical axiom coming from natural philosophy “I am thinking ‘things’”, and lastly the metaphysics axiom of “God exists.” Descartes said that people that don’t understand or belief in God, do not fully…

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  • Debate Between Realism And Anti-Realism

    anti-realism have been on ongoing debate amongst philosophers. Both perspectives have been revisited time after time, citing different reasons for the existence of each belief. These two topics belong to the area of philosophy, more specifically, metaphysics. Metaphysics explores the nature of existence, exploring why things exist and how they came to exist in the first place. Philosophers argue that it is the foundation behind philosophy, answering questions about the existence of the world,…

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  • The Dream Argument And The Evil Demon Argument

    Morpheus awakens Neo, he tries to decipher the difference between reality and what he thought he knew about reality before. He finds it difficult to differentiate between the Matrix and reality, which leads into the philosophical issues pertaining to metaphysics…

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  • Is Time A Metaphysical Construct Or Is It Real Essay

    Is the concept of time a metaphysical construct or is it real? In Metaphysics the thought provoking and irritating questions of life are always raised. What is the meaning of life? What is being? What is the purpose of human existence? And the preponderance of Metaphysics is the question; does God exist? Even though these questions are just as important they all coincide with the existence of time. Time connects to the thought provoking questions of life. If you believe in God time can be…

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  • Hegel's Empty Formalism Analysis

    There are many formalistic expressions in the critique of practical reason, the most formalistic emptiness debate is around Kant’s interpretation of law-giving force of the moral law that must stem from its mere form, if its universalizability stemmed from the content, the law could only hold for that content and not universally. For example, ‘for which the mere lawgiving form of a maxim can alone serve as a law is a free will’, the law giving form of a maxim is ‘the only thing that can…

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  • Sue Goyette's Ocean Analysis

    other hand, … [signal] the moment when the Object becomes the Other, when the sardine can look back, when the mute idol speaks, when the subject experiences the object as uncanny and feels the need for what Foucault calls ‘a metaphysics of the object, or, more exactly, a metaphysics of that never objectifiable depth from which objects rise up to our superficial knowledge.’” (W. J. T. Mitchel in Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter (2010), 2) In Sue Goyette’s Ocean, the “never objectifiable depth,”…

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  • Aristotle's Prime Mover

    The concept prime mover is a monotheistic concept developed by the philosopher and polytheist by the name of Aristotle. The prime mover concept goes into depths trying to explain the primary cause of all the movement in the universe. In his work Metaphysics, the Greek philosopher Aristotle truly believed that everything had several different explanations for its existence and that the cause of a thing can be understood in four different ways. In this paper, we will go into great depths in trying…

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