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What's in it for me?
The philosophic enterprise
What can we know with certainty? Research and method
Descartes' experiment: 1.empiricism, 2.realsim and 3.problematic experiments with sense data
4. critical realism, 5. idealism, 6. a material world doesn't exist, 7. arithmetic can be doubted, 8. solipsism, 9. skepticism, 10. a correspondence theory of truth will not work, 11. a coherence theory of truth will not work
12.Kant, 13. solipsism still persists, 14. what the mind knows are only its ideas, 15. The Cogito, 16. solipsism again, 17. the mind/body problem, 18. idealism's problem with its solution to the mind/body problem
concluding remarks and review
Can God be shown to exist?
The Teleological and Cosmological arguments
The Ontological argument. Pascal's argument; having a belief in God is a good bet
Can God be shown not to exist?
The Problem of Evil and other concerns
Faith, Marx and other commentary
(Optional)Excursus on Memes and Christianity
(Optional) Ten reasons for having a Christian belief
The human predicament
Escape from the human predicament
Freedom and Determinism
Social and Political Philosophy
Are women naturally inferior to men?
Flaws in the argument
The argument that marriage is an institution which enslaves women
A quick overview of the nature of marriage
Democracy, the Tyranny of the Majority, Capitalism, Communism
Psychological and ethical egoism
Religion and ethics
Three basic moral principles:
Problems with utilitarianism,
Social contract theory
Problems with social contract
Case studies:euthanasia, premarital sex, an anti-abortion argument,a pro-abortion argument,optional excursus on abortion,homosexuality, famine relief,anti-famine relief: see Hardin at http://www.garretthardinsociety.org/articles/art_ecolate_view_human_predicament.html,Optional,medical ethics: murder in the ER: a moral argument for socialized medicine, discrimination
The Meaning of Life
Odds and ends discussions
Take me to a quick review/discussion of Starship Troopers
Commentary on problems by students:
Take me to reply 1 on the problem of evil
Take me to reply 2 on the problem of evil
Voldemort: why is Voldemort evil incarnate?
Voldemort and unconditional love
Take me to an interesting Cartesian thesis about art and dreams: What is real art?
Wheel of Fortune: Wheel
The New Industrial Revolution: Revolution