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Week 1 Lecture Notes

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Week 1 Lecture Notes Phil 1020-05

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Notes over the lectures from week one.
Philosophy: the Art of Thinking (Honors)
Dr. Margaret Holland
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jane Sible on Monday September 19, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Phil 1020-05 at University of Northern Iowa taught by Dr. Margaret Holland in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 8 views. For similar materials see Philosophy: the Art of Thinking (Honors) in Humanities at University of Northern Iowa.

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Date Created: 09/19/16
August 23, 2016 What is philosophy?  Some famous philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Confuscious, Archimedes  Anyone who challenges what others believe to be absolute facts about life. Philosophy is the science of thinking and questioning what you and those around you think. It involved a great deal of critical thinking. The question “why?” is the basic question of philosophy. It deals with human nature, perception and the principle of non-contradiction. The Principle of non-contradiction simply means that something cannot be and not be at the same time. Almost the opposite of Schrödinger’s cat. “The truth does not depend on being believe.” – Kevin Powers. You can tell people the truth all you want; you can even tell them that it’s the truth, but they don’t have to believe it. Conversely, they don’t have to believe it for it to be true. A thousand or so years ago everyone believed the Earth was round; the truth was contrary to that. Just because everybody believed something doesn’t make it the truth. “One must dig deeply into opposing points of view in order to know whether your own position remains defensible.” – Francis Collins. Any good debater worth their salt know this. You must know the opposing sides points. In a debate you have to know them so that you aren’t surprised and you can just refute them. In philosophy and everyday life, one should know all the fact so that they aren’t spouting out opinions thinking that they’re actually facts. You must know everything to know what you know. Homework: Intellectual Free Lunch August 25, 2016 In-class discussion and revision of the Intellectual Free Lunch. The point of the article was stated as describing a problem and arguing for people to challenge other people. Illustrated by one of the last lines in the article, “We honor our friends by challenging them.” Professor Holland gave her thesis as follows: “But it is not asking too much to expect a citizen to recognize that he or she needs to know that number, at least roughly, in order to have a valid opinion about whether it is too large or too small.” Homework: Read Apology, beginning to line 28


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