PHI 105 Week 2 DQ 2 Recent

PHI 105 Week 2 DQ 2 Recent

PHI 105 Week 2 DQ 2 Recent

Read these two statements: “The behavior of atoms is governed entirely by physical laws.” “Humans have free will.” Are these two statements incompatible? Why or why not?

·         Is the ability to perceive things with our senses the same thing as knowledge acquisition? Why, or why not?

Aristotle believed that if individual horses did not exist, there would be no such thing as the form horse? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Resource: Writing Wizard at the Center for Writing Excellence

Write a 700- to 1400-word letter to a representative philosopher in one of the following schools of thought, discussing why you agree or disagree with his or her position on this concept.


Select one of the concepts below to discuss in your assignment.

  • Continental: “The world is absurd, in the sense that no ultimate explanation can be given for why it is the way it is” (Moore & Bruder, 2011, p. 152).
  • Pragmatism: “There is [no] such thing as a fixed, absolute truth” (Moore & Bruder, 2011, p. 206).
  • Analytic philosophy: “The only things we can now for certain we learn through sense experience.”
  • Which do you think is more important, individual freedom or the common good? Why?  Nozick stated, “Any state necessarily violates people’s moral rights and hence is intrinsically immoral.” Do you agree with this statement? Why, or why not?
  • Thought Experiment – Would You Kill Hitler?
    Looking forward to your responss!
    Say you somehow were able to travel back to before World War II and the rise of Hitler.

    You are living in Austria and working in an art supply store, hired to mix oil paints. Oil paints, at this time, were mixed by hand for purity of color. After a year or so of working at this supply store, you suddenly realize that one of the store’s customers, a struggling artist who doesn’t seem to have much talent, is none other than Adolf Hitler.

    Knowing what you know, would you take the opportunity to mix a deadly toxin into his oil paints, which would kill Hitler on contact? How would you justify your actions to others, either at this time in Austria or back home in the present?

    From Matt Lawrence, Philosophy on Tap: Pint-Sized Puzzles for the Pub Philosopher (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 136-139. Adapted with permission.