PHI 200 Week 3 DQ 1 The Limits of Skepticism Recent

PHI 200 Week 3 DQ 1 The Limits of Skepticism Recent

PHI 200 Week 3 DQ 1 The Limits of Skepticism Recent

Can a person be skeptical about everything, or are there limits?  Is it possible to doubt everything, or almost everything? Are there beliefs you possess that cannot be challenged or shown to be false? How might the skeptic respond to your claim that such a belief cannot be doubted? Identify one such specific belief and present your response to the skeptic. (If you don’t have such a belief, explain how one could live while not accepting any claim as true.)

For this rough draft, you must identify a specific philosophical issue having to do with ethics, epistemology, or religion. You will need to find a topic over which there is a useful debate, in order to present both sides of the debate. Here, you will not need to indicate what your own position is, relative to the issue; you will be doing that, however, in the final version of the paper.


To receive full credit for this paper, you must do the following in three pages:

Identify the specific issue
Make clear one basic dispute over the issue you identify
Give a brief outline of the two sides of the debate
Provide at least one good source for each side of the debate (for the final version, you will need a minimum of five sources, at least two for each side).

Topics to Choose From:

The death penalty
Assisted suicide
Reinstating the military draft
Inheritance taxes
School prayer
Stem cell research
Obligations to future generations
Gay marriage


Is Astrology a science?
Teaching evolution in public schools
Confirming scientific hypotheses
Are science and religion in conflict?
The limits of skepticism
What are the differences between the mind and the brain?
Evaluating evidence and global climate change
Is radical relativism defensible?
Is there evidence for ESP (extrasensory perception)?


Do people need to prove that God exists?
The ontological argument for the existence of God
The argument from design and evolutionary theory
Can one be moral and not believe in God?
Can God and real evil be reconciled?
Can I be certain I have a soul?
Can strong determinism be justified?
Does the Turing test challenge the uniqueness of human beings?