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 →

Pragmatism, Analytic Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind Matrix

In the matrix below, describe the historical development, key contributors, and principle issues of pragmatism, analytic philosophy, and the Philosophy of Mind.   Pragmatism Analytic Philosophy Philosophy of Mind Historical Development Pragmatism developed out of the discussions of Peirce and James in a club at Cambridge, Massachusetts in the 1870’s. Dewey also added to the... 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 →

Similarities and Differences Between Animal and Plant Cells

Five similarities between plant and animal cells Both types of cells are enveloped in a cellular membrane which regulates diffusion, osmosis, active transport, etc… between the cell and the extracellular space. Both types of cells have a nucleus which stores the hereditary information of the cell and controls cellular activity. Both types of cells contain... Continue Reading →

Mendel on Patterns of Inheritance

How did Mendel’s approach to answering scientific questions differ from that of his contemporaries? Well, there were many differences between Mendel and his contemporaries. For instance, he applied mathematics to plant breeding, which no one else had done. By doing this he was able to accurately track gene inheritance, even recessive gene inheritance, through many... Continue Reading →

Theories of Biology

Evolution by Natural Selection Evolution is widely viewed as the foundational theory of biology. There are two parts to the theory of evolution. The first part establishes that species can evolve over time. The second part states that this evolving is accomplished through natural selection. Inheritance Inheritance is a theory which predicts that traits and... Continue Reading →

Characteristics of a Living Organism

Ten characteristics distinguish an object or thing from an actual living organism. All 10 characteristics must be present simultaneously in order for something to be considered living. The following table lists four of the 10 characteristics that make up a living organism. Fill in the remaining six characteristics: Characteristics of a Living Organism 1. Composed... Continue Reading →

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