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    Without this carefully phrased definition, there would be no argument, as the argument’s leap from imagination to reality occurs here, i.e. from God in the imagination to God in reality. This ‘leap’, or crossover, as presented in Anselm’s reductio ad absurdum argument, is where this essay will focus on most in raising possible objections and identifying any fallacies in the argument. Anselm begins by supposing that we, as functional human beings, can understand his definition of God. As Anselm

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    laws continues further as Harris goes into detail regarding drugs and alcohol. Any psychotropic drug which has been attributed to, by its users, as having spiritual or religious significance is prohibited. In this instance, Harris proposes a reductio ad absurdum which, in a nutshell, states how something as harmful as alcohol is legal while “ as a drug, marijuana is nearly unique in having several medical applications and no known lethal dosage,” (Harris 161) but is consi... ... middle of paper

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    The passage and oppressive nature of time in one of the most important themes in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Throughout the novel the men of the Compson family are concerned with time in varying ways. How they deal with this seems to dominate their lives and the plot of the novel. Each of the three men in the newest generation of the family, Benjamin, Quentin, and Jason all struggle against it and this leads to the ultimate destruction of the family. While the obsession varies

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    For many, the idea of existence as a predicate causes issues for the ontological argument. In the argument Anselm states that God is a being, than which nothing greater can be conceived, and using logic he comes to the conclusion that God must exist by definition. This can be seen as strength to the argument as if it is a valid deduction it proves God’s existence to an atheist as well as a believer. However, Kant counters this argument by saying that existence could not be a predicate of anything

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    When I was three, my parents unwittingly bought me a world. It took the shape of a magnetic letter board, a toy endowed with life. I still remember my late grandmother patiently feeding my inquiring mind's needs, telling me which letter was 'S' and how I should put it on the board. Thus I learned to read in no time. But I was a complicated nature, never willing to write the words I heard, or anything like that. I had just found a realm of mine; anything not obviously pertaining to the world of sounds

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    Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) Table of Contents (Clicking on the links below will take you to that part of this article) * Life * Philosophical Writings * Theology Life The father of medieval scholasticism and one of the most eminent of English prelates was born at Aost Piedmont in 1033. Anselm died at Canterbury, England on April 21, 1109. While a boy he wished to be a monk, but his father forbade it. When he was about twenty-three Anselm left home to live in Burgundy and France. After three

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    In this paper, I will argue the argument fails because the conclusion is a false dichotomy based upon faulty premises. The first premise hinges upon the belief that a person, who devotes their life to activities that make them happy, does so out of the narcissism. The author phrases the premise such that it leads to the label of one, “living as a solipsist”. The term solipsist comes from the philosophical belief system known as Solipsism which holds that one owns existence is the only thing which

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    In this paper I will argue that Roderick Chisholm gives a correct solution to the problem of the criterion. The philosophical problem with criterion is that we cannot know the extent of knowledge without knowing criteria, and vice versa. Chisholm approaches the problem of criterion by saying that in order to know whether things are as they seem to be we must have a procedure for recognizing things that are true from things that are false. He then states that to know if the procedure is a good one

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    argues, in effect, that the existence of God is built into the very concept of God. He proceeds by a form of argument called reductio ad absurdum -- reduction to absurdity. He attempts to show that the position of the fool -- the non-believer who has said in his heart, "There is no God" -- is incoherent and leads to absurdity. (Cottingham, 1996: 246) How does Anselm's reductio work? A fully satisfactory answer to this question is not exactly simple. The idea appears to be this: The argument depends

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    a) On the essence of material things Descartes returns to the consideration of matter that he began in the second meditation with the Wax Argument. Here, he introduces the idea of res extensa as being the essential precursor of any particular body. Clearly, what he is relying on here is that such knowledge is a priori (i.e. known without experience) since, at this stage of his argument, he is not yet ready to consider whether his ideas have any counterparts in physical reality. What he is doing

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    Why Abortion is Immoral by Don Marquis is an essay that claims that abortion is morally wrong, and uses one argument in particular to explain why. He argues that many of us would agree that it is wrong to kill a human, and if you believe that then you should also have that view on abortions. If you think killing is wrong then you think all killing is wrong and the persons biological state, whether it is when a person is a fetus, one years old, or thirty years old, makes no difference. He then explains

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    is impossible. They use the general rule of positive and negative existential claims to try and prove the existence of God. they do this in a number of ways, with the classic version of the ontological argument being the most recognized, the reductio ad absurdum ("reduction of absurdity") of the ontological argument and the modal versions of the argument. It explains that nothing can exist in the imagination alone, it must also exist in reality to truly exist, and they have decided that there has to

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    The Historical Timeline of Logic and Logicians Aristotle (383-321 BC) Aristotle is often regarded as the father of Philosophy. Aristotle published works on biology, logic, metaphysics, psychology, meteorology, politics, literary criticism, poetry, drama, and ethics. Aristotle’s contribution to medicine were immense. In his work “The Organon” which is translated to “The Instrument” are the logical treaties of implying formal logic. Aristotle’s work on logic revolves around the notation on deductive

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    Explain the development of the Ontological Argument The Ontological Argument was constructed differently to arguments such as, the Cosmological Argument and the Teleological Argument. Whilst, these two were developed through revelation by drawing conclusions from observing external factors. The Ontological Argument was brought together through reason, this is the process of drawing conclusions through the mind’s logic. The Ontological Argument was based on the idea that we can prove the existence

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    Argument (P. 88) – The point of an argument is to convince someone through using truth or logic, also known as logos: facts, evidence, reliable testimonies, common sense and determining probability. This does not require the presence of an opposing force to ague. If I were to write a paper on television being the leading cause for poor vision, that would be an argument. 2) Pathos (P. 89) - The appeal to emotions. People's specific type of emotions that are susceptible include: patriarchy, justice

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    Candide: Voltaire against Leibniz’ Optimism? François-Marie Arouet, better known under his pen name Voltaire, was one of the leading philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment. He is considered the epitome of the eighteenth century, which has been named le siècle de Voltaire. His philosophical novel or conte, Candide, was published in 1759 and remains one of his most well known and widely read of his works—particularly for the English reader. In one part of his Columbia dissertation “Voltaire and

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    The Cartesian Ontological Argument can be formulated as follows: (1) God is that being than which nothing more perfect can be conceived upon. (2) Existence is a perfection. Therefore, (3) God exist. The argument can also be formulated through reductio ad absurdum: God is the most perfect being that anyone can conceive. One might conceive that God exists just in thought alone and not in reality. However, in that case, the conceived God would not be the most perfect conceivable being because one can think

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    From its first appearance in 1759, Laurence Sterne’s comic masterpiece reveals its parodic nature by subverting the typical conventions of the novel as a genre (Folkenflik, 2009). From its very title, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman mocks the usual denomination of “Life and Adventures”, which had become the standard way of presenting a narrative since the successful appearance of The Life and Strange, Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719). By subtly recasting the hackneyed

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    argument by using Gaunilo idea of the perfect island and include a priori and a posteriori to show the problematic areas of Anslems argument. We begin with the explanation of Anslems argument. 
 Philosophers call the Ontological argument a reductio ad absurdum and it starts by stating the opposite view and it ends with stating Anselm’s view which is the . The ontological argument view is believing God’s existence

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    lAristotle's View of Logic

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    Logic is “the science whose laws are the objects of correct thinking.” (Cassou-Nogues 2009, 77) Sophisticated studies of logic arose in ancient China, India, and Greece. In India, found within the Rigveda is a hymn that contemplates the origins of the universe using language that mirrors the four circles of the Buddhist catuskoti: "A", "not A", "A and not A", and "not A and not not A". (Kak 2004, 15) Gongsun Long, a Chinese philosopher stated the paradox “One and one cannot become two, since neither

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