Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle Matrix

Fill in the matrix below, denoting each philosopher’s view concerning the topics listed. Write NA if there is no record in the textbook of the philosopher’s view on the specific topic. Then, using the information you inserted into the matrix as a guide, write a 350-700 word response describing how Socrates’, Plato’s, and Aristotle’s philosophies... Continue Reading →

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Traditional versus Modern Ethics

Traditional ethics developed mainly out of the teachings of Plato and Aristotle. Even though their views greatly differ; they collectively constitute the basis of traditional ethics. According to Plato his theory of Form, which are unnatural and immaterial, explain morals. Plato held that the ultimate Form was Good. He postulated that the only way to... Continue Reading →

The Impact of Christianity on Philosophy

It would seem that not only Christianity’s impact on philosophy should be examined, but also philosophy’s impact on Christianity. The Platonic, Neo-Platonic and Aristotelian philosophical traditions were already firmly grounded when the great Christian philosophers lived. Consequently St. Augustine “borrowed” heavily from Plato’s works and one of the other great philosophers, St. Thomas Aquinas “borrowed”... Continue Reading →

Philosophy and Belief in God Matching Activity

Match the following to the philosophies and descriptions below.  Use each item only once. St. AnselmGauniloSt. Thomas AquinasJulian of NorwichRene DescartesGottfried Wilhelm, Baron von LiebnizDavid HumeImmanuel KantJohn Henry NewmanSoren KierkegaardFriedrich NietzscheWilliam JamesMary DalyAlvin PlantingaTheodicyBig BangVienna Circlemonadleap of faithReduction proof Answer Philosophy/Description g 1. God’s existence cannot be proved but must be assumed. d 2. We... Continue Reading →

Is There a God?: Topic Breakdown

My Topic: Is there a God?   My Notes: Principle Issues of My Topic Is God St. Aquinas’ Pure Act of Existence, Aristotle’s Pure Actuality, or Plato’s Good; or is God a personal all-knowing being? If God created the universe then who created God? (Which is soundly answered by St. Augustine). What is God? Is... Continue Reading →

The Historical Development of Religious Philosophy

Post your response to the following question: Considering the historical development of religious philosophy, whose philosophies do you think most advanced Western religious thought? Explain your answer. I would have to say that I believe St. Thomas Aquinas advanced western religious thought the most. He had some very interesting proofs of the existence of God.... Continue Reading →

Differences/Similarities of Hinduism and Buddhism

Hinduism and Buddhism are extremely similar and extremely different if that were possible. Both Hinduism and Buddhism developed in the Indian subcontinent. Though both religions disagree on how to attain enlightenment, they do both agree that enlightenment is attainable. Both religions profess to the existence of karma, reincarnation, and nirvana. Buddhism developed mainly as a... Continue Reading →

The Connection Between Habit and Moral Character

Post your response to the following question: What is the connection between habit and moral character? What is the connection between moral character and politics? I have not read much of this week's readings yet, so I am answering this question from my perspective. I would say that habit and moral character are intimately interconnected.... Continue Reading →

The Current State of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are well known for Darwin’s observation of the various types of finches that live there and his subsequent theory of evolution. Less known though is the current predicament that has engulfed the islands. It was by chance that Darwin was able to observe these islands off the coast of South America firsthand... Continue Reading →

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