Reductio ad absurdum

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  • Analysis Of Ontological Argument V. Pascal's Wager

    put on a canvas where it is visible for all of the world to see. Anselm explains that it is better for TTWNGCBT to exist in both understanding and in reality, than in just understanding, but he does not back up this claim. Next, Anselm uses reductio ad absurdum and negation to explain the meaning behind TTWNGCBT. He explains that if TTWNGCBT only existed in understanding and not in reality, a possible super-TTWNGCBT could exist. This super-TTWNGCBT would exist in both the understanding and…

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  • Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Ontological Argument

    The ontological argument is different than the cosmological or teleological arguments as it relies on A Priori knowledge rather than A Posteriori. A Priori knowledge is knowledge that you can know prior to any experience; it is known through reason alone. This essay will explore how reliable the ontological argument is. The ontological argument is an argument for the existence of god by St Anselm (1033-1109). Anselm defined god as “that than which nothing greater can be conceived.” His argument…

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  • Rhetoric In Thank You For Arguing, By Jay Heinrichs

    The study of rhetoric today is dying. Thank You for Arguing wants to change that. By introducing rhetoric as a useful everyday tool Thank You for Arguing hopes to revive the mass knowledge and use of rhetoric in everyday conversations. Thank You for Arguing is an excellent book and by giving excellent examples combined with emotion and tools to use logic in an argument it excels in introducing such a vague concept as rhetoric and should have continued use in schools. Thank You for Arguing,…

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  • Descartes Ontological Argument For God's Existence

    His argument uses reductio ad absurdum to try to prove God’s existence. Anselm starts by assuming that God is a being that which no greater being can be conceived and that he exists in the understanding but not in reality. He then presents a contradiction for this claim. He states…

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  • Arguments To Establish The Existence Of God

    arguments, and in this essay I will analyze each, and point out which one has the greatest chance at being convincing. In Anselm’s Ontological Argument, he plans to establish, that there is a God, purely from his definition of God and uses a reductio ad absurdum, in which he assumes something is true in order to show that there is a contradiction, and prove that God does exist. Anselm’s argument begins with the statement that God is the greatest thinkable being, and continues that the idea of…

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  • James Rachels's Theory Of Cultural Relativism

    entails severe consequences if practiced. Furthermore, when challenged by the cultural relativist, he deftly rebuts by citing the principle of explosion. To begin, one of Rachels’ strongest arguments against cultural relativism utilizes the reductio ad absurdum strategy. First,…

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  • John Stace's Compatibilism

    In Stace’s “Compatibilism” he makes quite a few eloquent points against the hard determinist and libertarian views, I agree with Stace for several reasons, first of which because of the argument he makes at the very beginning of his explanation. Stace makes a generalization which I agree with and surmises in my view the first of his arguments perfectly, he makes use of the example of philosophers claiming to believe in hard determinism or libertarian principles academically but not actually…

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  • Parallel Lines In Euclid's Elements

    According to Euclid’s Elements, Book I, “Parallel straight lines are those straight lines which, being in the same plane and being produced indefinitely in both directions, do not meet one another in either direction.” Euclid defines about parallel lines at last of his definition of Book I which he uses to prove a lot of his proposition. He proves two lines are parallel lines in proposition 27 and uses parallel lines properties in every proposition after that. Therefore, this paper seeks to…

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  • Importance Of Imagination In Alice In Wonderland Essay

    In this essay I am going discuss the importance of imagination and also answer this question in regards to Alice's Adventure in Wonderland. Imagination is one thing enabled by intelligence to us humans. Nevertheless, perhaps due to the fact that it is considered to be a childish characteristic, we don’t realize the real significance of imagination as being responsible for the world that we live in. Imagination enables us to accomplish a lot of things, not necessary useful or good. Without…

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  • History Of Human Cloning

    The cloning of the sheep Dolly created a controversial issue of using human embryos in research and cloning of humans. Roe vs. Wade made abortions legal in the United States. This led to researches legally experimenting on 20 live-born fetuses. Five years later, Steptoe and Edwards reversed infertility by creating Louise Brown, the “test tube” baby. They destroyed approximately one hundred human embryos inx5 Ntheir in vitro fertilization experiment. Elizabeth Carr was the first IVF baby born…

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