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Proponent of psychological nativism mental states are relations between individuals and mental representations mental states are

expressed in a Language of Thought Believes that the notions of Free Will and Determinism can be reconciled Focused on establishing a philosophy of mind that is firmly empirical Has argued that natural selection can account for the emergence of morality Proponent of Eliminative Materialism Every day mental concepts will eventually be eliminated by a fully mature neuroscience Absurdism We value our lives and existence But our mortality makes our lives meaningless To embrace that paradox is absurdism Existentialism There is no creator We are condemned to be free Existence precedes essence Authenticity and individuality are earned, not learned Best known for his "incompleteness theorems" If the system is consistent, it cannot be complete The consistency of the axiums cannot be proven by the system itself Developed Analytic Philosophy Co-authored Principia Mathematica Established the logical underpinnings of mathematics Member of the Vienna Circle Supporter of Logical Positivism Developed a formal version of empericism Rudolf Carnap - 1891 - 1970 Bertrand Russell - 1872 - 1970 For any computable axiomatic system Kurt Gdel - 1906 - 1978 Jean-Paul Sartre - 1905-1980 Albert Camus - 1913-1960 Paul Churchland Daniel Dennett Jerry Fodor

Modernity III

Socialism and central planning is incompatible with individual freedom Argued that there is a social division/dispersion of knowledge that leads to an efficient determination of prices. Prices do not necessarily represent merit. Therefore, rewards and social justice will not always be dispersed according to merit. People have incompatible preferences which central planning cannot possibly account for. Planned economies lead to concentrations of power. Therefore, central planning inevitably leads to a loss of freedom. Was strongly influenced by how Einstein challenged the thoroughly confirmed and widely held confidence in Newton. Argued that science can strive for truth, but will never be 100% sure if/when it has achieved it. Our best form of knowledge is science, but that cannot be taken as justified truth. Insisted on the testability of scientific ideas. The objectivity of any scientific idea could only be established through critique. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Paradigm Shift Most scientific work is spent filling out the details of the prevailing paradigm, not in divergent or critical investigation. Aristotle (earth is center of universe) Copernicus (sun is center of universe) Newton Einstein ??? A field of study is NOT a science until it has a single, unifying paradigm within which most of its practitioners work. Kuhn characterized progress in science as a highly social, and not necessarily rational, mechanism. Effective critic of logical positivism There is no real distinction between synthetic truths and analytic truths. The principle of reductionism - that every high level statement could ultimately be reduced to simpler statements of sense experience - does not work. This is because our ability to reason about sensory experience is constrained by the symbol language we use to reason about it. These language impose their own boundary conditions to what can be reasoned. Stressed the importance of the 'public sphere' of communications and how it enabled democracy. These social institutions enabled groups of individuals to discuss and openly debate and ultimately impact their political institutions. Argued against the subject/object foundations of Marx and others. Instead, ethics and politics should be analyzed from a social perspective of self/other. The task of any theory of social justice is the legitimate the inequalities that emerge in the basic structure of society. Veil of Ignorance: You must not know your place in the social structure of society, or what your natural talents may be. All participants must be disinterested in the outcome of the debate. Each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive basic liberty that is compatible with a similar liberty held by all others. If there are any inequalities in the system, they can only be justified if first - they are to everyone's advantage and second - they be attached to positions or offices that are open to all. Deconstructionist This began with Plato's forms, and has been carried forward ever since. Questioned the entire western tradition of trying to define a 'true logos' behind our empirical view of the world. To assess any system, you must do so from the 'original position' Wrote "A Theory of Justice" Rawls Wrote "Theory of Communivative Action" Attacked Empiricism Qine Over time anomalies accumulate in the prevailing paradigm, eventually building into a 'paradigm shift' Kuhn Popper Wrote the "Road to Serfdom" Hayek


Nietzsche did away with the concept of absolute truth. Freud did away with the concept that the subjective self or consciousness has any special access to the 'logos' or true forms. Heidegger did away with the notion of an 'I am' that precedes existence. He argued (from Sartre) that you must exist in order to have an essence. There is no essence without existence. Deconstructionism directly opposes the Christian belief that Jesus/God embodies the perfect 'form' of man. Like Sartre (existentialism) - the absence of a higher plan or purpose to life does NOT render life meaningless. He wants to free us from the guilt over the absence of absolute meaning or purpose in life. There can be none, so get over it. Absolute truth cannot be found in language - it is merely a statement that we approve of. Modern philosophers should give up the pursuit of absolute truth, and instead should seek to eliminate the cruelties of everyday life that these historical social norms have placed upon us. His basic critique of western philosophy centers on the refutation of the existence of a "God's eye-view" of the world Rejects the goal of defining truth as the level of correspondence with an objective reality. Truth should be approached pragmatically: Does the statement work for us? Also rejects absolute realism. Our experience of reality will always be influenced by the conceptual framework in which we analyze it. And that framework is constantly changing. Argues that many aspects of our language and are beliefs are contingent - not necessarily true or false. But it is important for our overall system of beliefs to 'hand together' and to be free of inconsistencies. Critic of the Marxist attempt to define society in terms of who owns the means of physical production, and the class distinctions that such a model result in. The succession of modern ideologies owes its existence to the American and French revolutions, which made it possible to be an intellectual dissident. Each ideology seeks to destroy competing ideologies while itself claiming to be disinterested. The struggle is not, as Marx described it, between those who controlled the means of production and the serfs below them. Class struggle in the modern west occur between old money and new intelligentsia (engineers, doctors, lawyers, scientists) Rejects the moral relativism that began with the Enlightenment thinkers (Locke, Hume, Kant). Admits that an absolute proof of any particular moral theory is beyond reach, but that our social traditions are a valid basis by which to evaluate our moral theories. Claims that social tradition is a necessary precondition for rationality. Without those traditions, there can be no rationality. The moral relativism of 'modern philosophy' is itself yet another tradition. He sees 'modern philosophy' as a tradition that is hostile to the very notion of traditions, and is thus self-contradictory. This is the fundamental problem for all moral philosophy. If you believe in a fundamental difference between statements of fact vs. statements of value, it becomes impossible to to move from 'what is' to 'what ought to be'. This inability to find a rational justification to any given set of moral rules is a pervasive feature of modern philosophical endeavors. Thus modern philosophy leads to moral skepticism. The entire history of its world view over time. The community of people who are its bearers. The social practices of that community. They are like Kuhn's Scientific Paradigms. Example (Margaret Med): A primitive New Guinean tribe will have a tradition of beliefs, including truths about the world, that directly contradict most modern western traditions. But we should not conclude that their belief system is un-judge-able, or equal to our traditional system of beliefs - there MUST be a basic by which to critique. Nazi-ism, for example, is a tradition. We should be able to rationally argue why it is a bad tradition. Why it is wrong. Relativism would make this judgement impossible. It can explain both the success and failures of the other tradition better than the other tradition itself can explain. If it can understand the other tradition well enough to explain its failures to it in the other tradition's own terms. Wrote "Anarchy, State, and Utopia" Starts with the basic principle that a lone individual has certain rights that no other person may infringe upon. Then asks the question: With that as the basis, is there a form of government that can adhere to that principle? If so, what would it look like? Nozick does not attempt to justify this starting point - where does that initial right derive from and can it be proven. He simply takes it 'as-is'. This is a weakness that others have used to refute much of his arguments. Involuntary redistribution of the wealth for even a single individual would be illegitimate. He then argues that only a very limited state may exist that would not infringe upon that fundamental right. The starting point is an individual who has the right to personal property. That is the state of nature. Sophists ~ 450BC1 The criteria: One tradition is more rational than another if However, it must be possible for one tradition to judge other traditions based on rational criteria. What is a tradition? MacIntyre Pragmatism is the ultimate anti-philosophy Follower of Nietzsche, Freud and Heidegger Derrida

Modernity II



The 'is-ought' gap

Four elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire First attempt at a full-fledged philosophical doctrine Protagoras Considered the first sophist

Professional teachers Despised by Plato Because they charged fees Because they used rhetorical sleight-of-hand Believed in reincarnation

Limited Governement

Pythagoreans ~ 500BC

Heavily influenced by mathematics and mysticism Transmigration of the Soul was a core belief Were vegetarians


Heraclitus - 535-475BC

"No man steps in the same river twice." Diogenes primary biographer

The only role of this minimal government is to enforce protection rights (police and judicial).

Nozick argues that a minimalist government is possible that does not infringe upon this basic right, and that it can be achieved without gaining the consent or participation of ALL individuals (which would necessarily entail some amount of coercion). Taxes mean that others have a claim of ownership in you, and are therefore morally equivalent to forced labor and slavery. However, charitable redistribution is fine - only forced redistribution is wrong. The means: The individual steps that led to the current distribution of wealth were each fair, just and entered into freely by both participants. The ends: The resulting distribution of wealth is equal among all participants, regardless of whether coercion was used to move some wealth from one to another.

Parmenides ~ 450BC

Only known work was "On Nature" - a poem Claimed that truth cannot be know through sensory perception, only through logos.

Zeno of Elea - 490-430BC

Reducto ad Absurdum Zeno's Paradox Arhilles and the Tortoise

Redistribution of Wealth

Herodotus - 484-425BC

Greek Historian First known writer to collect and document his ideas systematically. The Pelopomnesian War - his greatest contribution to history. "The Father of Scientific History"

Thucydides - 460-395BC How do we assess a just society

"The Father of the school of political realism"

Socrates - 469-399BC

Ethical truth was absolute "To Know the Good is to Do the Good"

Invented Metaphysics The Socratic Method Forms Shadows on the Cave Wall Women should hold political power Political leaders chosen from among best & brightest Anti-democratic Plato Republic Give each man his due What is Justice? Might makes right Reason No nuclear family No private property Philosopher "guardians" of Reason will rule Pragmatism Saw his approach to philosophy as empowering the individual. There is no notion of absolute truth. Represents the Self More powerful than ego, superego Seeks to gain pleasure, avoid pain Knows no moral judgements Produces frustration by making demands that cannot be fulfilled. Aristotle Represents Reality Rational, cautious Weakest element of our personality Attempts to negotiate between Id and Superego Source of anxiety Represents Morality Imposes standards of moral perfection that cannot be sustained. It produces guilt. Conflict among these three factions leads to unhappiness. "Civilization and Its Discontents" Philosophy should abandon the pursuit of an absolute metaphysics. All talk about the world was a "logical construct" of our phenomenal and sensual experience. Considered philosophy the handmaiden of science - to help explain scientific meaning. Positivism was partly a response against the complete relativism of Kant. Positive = Pro-science Positivism was also built on the progress in symbolic logic and related mathematics. Language does not have a deterministic meaning or external provable correspondence. Believed that statements of ethical judgements were meaningless. Founder of modern sociology Focused on how authority is legitimated in societies. Legal Traditional Charismatic Pragmatist Gave pragmatism a historical context Pragmatism stats that the meaning of a statement was the practical results in experience that we would expect if that statement were true. Rejects the notion of truth and replaces it with "warranted assertability" Heidegger Greatly influenced by Bertrand Russell. Believed that metaphysics was flawed, because it was based on the mistaken use of language. Criticized the relativism of Nietzsche, who believed that absolute truth cannot exist apart from our perspectives of it. Rejected skepticism for stating that even if there were absolute truths, we would have no way to know them. Rejected historicism for insisting that all truth is relative to the historical context in which it originates. Rejected positivism for insisting that only truths that are based on empirical phenomena are possible - partly because it leaves to room for mathematical axioms/truths which are not empirical. Husserl believed that philosophy should seek certainty, not facts. Augistine - 354 - 430 Husserl Wittgenstein Old Testament Book of Job Dewey Legitimacy has three forms Skeptics Cicero - 106-43BC Brought Greek philosophy to the Romans Combined Skeptics, Epicureanism Virtue is happiness from Aristotle Max Weber AJ Ayer Stoicism Superego Epistomology Four Primary Virtues Ego Freud Ethics Id Criticism of The Republic/Plato James Asked the question "What is virtue?" Invented Dualism of Mind and Body Democratic principles Invented term "physics" Greek for "Nature" Family is rooted in human nature Idea of private property is 'natural' Rejected concentration of power

Classical Greek

Supported rule by middle class Defined ethics as "What is the good goal of human life?" Happiness is the life lived by the virtuous person Happiness is the goal of human life Happiness means good at being human Courage Temperance Justice Wisdom We acquire our knowledge of the world via our senses Happiness originally meant "success"

We are made of atoms No afterlife Epicureanism Abstain from Political Life Abstain from sexual involvement Take nothing to excess Zeno Realist/Materialist Best know for his Paradoxes Critical response to epicureanism Freedom from suffering through discipline Duty to community Considered philosophy a way of life

Modernity I

Actions more important than beliefs


Epicurean principle of refined and disciplined pleasure Sextus Empiricus Raised the question "How do we know what we know?" Can we trust any of our own knowledge?

Hebrew Bible

Explores the relationship between God and the people of Jerusalem Central them is the Covenant Abraham Isaac Jacob (Isreal)

Asks the question "Why do the righteous suffer?" Satan challenges Lord Lord inflicts cruelty on Job

Western Philosophy3

Job does not forsake his Lord Early author The Gospels New Testament Paul Baptism as the means by which Jews become Christians Rejects circumcision as a necessary rite to become Christian Combined christian with platonic Wrote "Confessions" The Grace of God Is grace a gift of god, or must it be earned? Predestination - God knows from the start who will receive The Grace Argues that the eternity of the world cannot be demonstrated by pure logic. Wrote the "Summa Theologica" Aristotelian Truth could be achieved through natural or divine reason

Aquinus - 1225-1274 Four Cardinal Virtues

Prudence Temperance Justice Fortitude

Science is the study of the world as perceived by our senses Space and Time Object Persistence Causality Existence Plurality Unity Metaphysics goes beyond our experience, and thus outside of pure reason Disagreed with Locke and Hume and their empericism - the idea that all ideas and truths come from experience Without his 'categories of understanding' none of our experiences would make any sense. Maxim: Act only that that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it become a universal law. Practical Reason is concerned with how we ought to live. Ex: If you want to stay healthy, you should eat right and exercise. Ex: If you want to become a doctor, than you should study. Hypothetical imperatives fail because they only apply to those who want the outcome they describe. Instead of saying "Do not lie if you want to be trusted" (hypothetical), instead it should be "Do not lie". Categorical Imperatives must not depend on circumstance, desire or on the consequences of their actions The notion of Free Will is justified by our ability to self-legislate - to create rules that we should follow, and then to follow them. Strongly condemned the French Revolution Because it did not proposal a social upheaval or overturn, only a political one. He believed that is used as its basis the notion of traditional rights - no taxation without representation - derived from English common law. Believed that individual rights were not derived from abstract principles but were instead based on traditions and conventions of the population. These are 'conventional' rights that could not be derived from theory. Founder of Modern Historicism Opposed the Enlightenment concepts of materialism and that the unfolding of history was purely mechanical. Historical materialism Division of Labor A consequence of this is that one part of society establishes itself as a ruling class in order to secure a dispropotionate share. This is inevitable as human nature There will always be a scarcity of the goods needed to satisfy the cultural wants of all of society. Francis Bacon Hegel Strongly supported of the American Revolution Burke Machiavelli Inventor of Political Science Categorical Imperatives have no qualification clause A moral law cannot consist primarily of hypothetical imperatives Calvin - 1509-1564 Kant Luther - 1483-1546 The Critique of Pure Reason Medieval Thought Realism Nominalism To experience that world, we impose upon it forms and categories that make our experience of the world possible and coherent. Five Ways on the Nature of God

God is simple, without composition of parts God is perfect, lacking nothing God is infinite God is immutable God is one Words have meaning in and of themselves Words have no inherit meaning

Disagreed with Augustine's automatic granting of grace by god Wrote the 95 Theses In response to Indulgences sold by the Pope Strongly believed that freedom from God's punishment could not be purchased with money. Earned grace through belief in Jesus Salvation is not earned by good deeds Faith in Jesus brings salvation Once justified, you can be condemned through the commission of sin. Grace was given by god Knowledge of God not attainable through experience, only through studying of scripture Rejected catholic doctrine of merit Supported the notion of predestination Once justified, always justified The Critique of Practical Reason Justification comes through having a conversion experience Proponent of the concept of the original sin

The Prince

"It is better to be feared than to be loved, because love is fickle but fear is constant. Reputation for honesty, integrity is important But not the practice of it. Mocked modern English society All property is communal Marriage is by love, not arranged Elected parliament

Thomas Moore

Wrote "Utopia"

Price elected for life Defend Territory War for 3 Reasons Defend Ally Territory Liberate oppressed people Moral Theory focused on happiness

Erasumus Galileo

Opposed strong enthusiasms

Sought to separate religion from natural philosophy Stressed Induction and Experimetnal Methods "Cogito ergo sum" The most basic of all ideas, the existence of which cannot be disputed A perfect being could only come from a perfect being. From necessity: a perfect being must have existence to be perfect. Dualist (Mind/Body Dualism)

Communism is the answer to the problems inherit in the Capitalist Mode of Production. It addresses the problem of disparate incomes. It addresses the problem of scarcity on a global basis. Felt that the downfall of Capitalism was inevitable. And that Communism was its logical successor. Capitalism and Private Property would alienate man from other men and from himself. Felt that Capitalism would lead to alienation. Capitalism leads to exploitation and inequality, especially for women. Wrote "On Liberty" - classical defense of freedom from intrusive government AND from majority rule. The idea that one ought do what brings about the most benefits and causes the least amount of harm. The greatest good for the greatest number. Founding figure of Existentialism Felt that true Christian faith required one to make a "Leap of Faith" Was concerned with Reason usurping the role and need for Faith. Abraham's faith was justified when he raised up the knife to sacrifice his own son only to have his hand staid by God. This is true belief, true faith. Aesthetic - the pursuit of immediate pleasures. Ethical - Through repentance and marriage. Religious - Faith in the incarnation of God in Christ. First to bring eastern Buddhist philosophy into western circles. Very pessimistic view of human existence. Life involves suffering Desire causes suffering Suffering will cease when desire ceases The solution to suffering is the renunciation of the will. Believed that experiences of aesthetic beauty were as close as one could come to the true nature of existence. Strongly rejected the Aristotelean notion of an objective real world. There is no true metaphysics. The world of appearances if the only world that we have access to. We have no access to knowledge about an objective world. We have only our perceptions, conceptions and interpretations. This led to his proclomaition that 'God is Dead' There is no 'Gods Eye View' of the real world. His epistemology was practical, pragmatic. Morality is an expression of The Will to Power Stressed master and slave morality, strength over weakness. Values are relative to the time, place, circumstances and customs. Ethics becomes an aesthetic pursuit of becoming a beautiful person - Give Style to your Character. We should not contradict our character, but instead cultivate our strengths and virtues. "Thus Spake Zarathustra" We should not follow the herd "Become who you are!" Nietzsche The Will to Power Buddha's Four Noble Truths Schopenhauer Three States to Human Life Felt that Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only son Isaac when requested by God was a great "Leap of Faith" Kierkegaard Mill Main defender of Utilitarianism Modes of Production Marx


Two Proofs of God

The Renaissance

We are guided by passions, not reason

Age of Ideology


Desire for Power Fear of Death

Government is a means of escaping struggle between power and fear Governments derive their power from the subjects in exchange for peace and security The Social Contract Brutish, solitary and short.2


Freewill is a logical impossibility because all causes have precedents Rejected dualism of Descartes Skepticism


What do we know with any certainty? God cannot be known via reason, only faith Principia Law of Gravity


Laws of Motion Discovered calculus Modern optics


Morality is Subjective

Specialization of job function leads to massive gains in efficiency. Coordination and cooperation between specialists is done out of self-interest. We get what we need from others out of their self-interest, not their charity. Offers an explanation and basis for the cooperation and coordination that are required for the division of labor described in Wealth of Nations. We want the approval of others The reactions of others to us and our behaviors is important to us. We generally seek to behave as if there were an impartial spectator observing our behaviors. Would they approve of them? Our conscience is a product of these factors. We do so because of the utility of doing so. In general, we derive benefit when we do so. The Wealth of Nations: The Division of Labor


The Theory of Moral Sentiment

Adam Smith - 1723-1790

Obeying the law He was aware of the dangers and problems that could arise from too much specialization of labor and the social isolation that could result. He worried about the moral impact on someone who shifted from a village-centric social context to that of a large city and the anonymity that could result. Smith is also concerned about class and wealth disparity and that impacts that would have on society. Moral decadence always accompanies cultural progress Critiqued the progress of modern society

American Indians in their simplistic life compare favorably to Europeans in their levels of happiness and virtue. Claimed that enlightenment beliefs led to eventual collapse of civilizations Called for a return to nature All power is given to the state Your happiness is calculated as your share of the overall societal happiness Ideas are copies of our sense impressions Resemblance Spatio-temporal Cause-effect Reason alone cannot justify our belief in experience Belief in our experiences as representing the external world accurately is based on our instinct or custom, and cannot be proven with reason. Scientific theory of morality Moral judgment cannot be based on rational deliberation, because simpletons and infants are also capable of making more judgments. There is no evidence that indicates that the most intellectually capable members of our species are the most moral. Therefore, our sense of morality is based in part on our biology and in part by our social context. Primarily, its utility All government and political institutions have their basis in utility to society. What makes a moral rule a universal more rule? Morality David Hume - 1711-1766 Three relations among ideas Epistemology Social Contract Rousseau - 1712-1778

We have a natural appreciation for virtuous behavior, and are thus naturally moral at least in part. It means that religion is probable at best, because all ideas are derived from experience, not reason. In all scientific inquiries, negative evidence counts more than positive evidence. So we would require positive evidence with zero negative evidence in order to justify our belief in god through experience. Effects do not prove a cause. In the end, Hume is dismissive of both religion in general and in the ability to base religious belief on experience. Objected to Locke's Epistemological Relativism The laws of nature are demonstrable across cultures, therefore not all knowledge is relative Believed that democratic republics are the most morally desirable but least stable forms of association Must limit the ability of government to grow in power Greatly influenced American Revolution Affluence eventually leads to despotism There is no existence independent of perception To exist is to be perceived Disagreed with Locke's argument that human knowledge depends on the existence of material objects independent of minds. Claimed that materialism was dogmatic superstition. All of our ideas are derived from our experiences The Fable of the Bees Selfishness Egocentrism Philosophy of history Worship of gods Emergence of Heroes and kings Inherently unstable Leads to collapse Society is not a contract but the natural progression from customs and mores Disagreed with social contract theory Age of man Human societies are cyclical Vico - 1678-1744 Central Human Traits Mandeville - 1670-1733 Bishop Berkeley - 1685-1733 Montesquieu - 1689-1755 Basing religious belief on inference from experience has four flaws Religion

The Enlightenment

Co-inventory of Infinitesimal Calculus Asserted "The best of all possible worlds" An attempt to resolve the problem of mind/body dualism Nothing arises from nothing Everything that exists has a reason to exist Everything which exists is better than anything non-existent Reason and faith are gifts from God Sin and Suffering are the result of metaphysical imperfections Although God has unlimited reason and willpower, humans do not which makes sin and suffering possible. Early developer of formal/algebraic logic A man is free when he is subject only to political authority to which he has consented. Natural liberty is freedom from the arbitrary power of others Beginning of modern democratic political theory. Denies need for authoritarian power, which leads to despotism and tyranny Denies that fear is the primary motivator of men Life Liberty Property Men are governed by laws from a legislature Opposed monarchies An agreement among free and equal men to exit the state of nature and by forming a limited polity. John Locke - 1632-1704 Natural Rights Politics Thodice Metaphyics - La Monadologie Leibniz - 1646-1716

Modern social contract theory Stressed that equality was legal equality, not equality of material possessions. Empericist

Ideas are acquired via experience The external world Reflection on the mind's own operations There are no innate ideas The mind is a Tabula Rasa Ethics are learned, not innate Ethics are derived from experience, and thus relative to our experience of the world Ethics Two forms of experience Knowledge/Epistomology

1) Sophists ~ 450BC
Started around 450BC in Athens

2) Brutish, solitary and short.

No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death: and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short

3) Western Philosophy
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