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Introduction to Philosophy

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Robert Card

on 11 May 2015

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Transcript of Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy
What is Philosophy?
The discipline concerned with thinking that focuses on examining reasons and arguments bearing on fundamental questions.
Philosophy is a:
A. Subject Matter
B. Method of Inquiry


-music -art -history -theatre -philosophy
Concepts in Logical Arguments
*Sound Argument: An argument is sound if it is both logically valid and all of its premises are true.
B. Logical Reasoning
1. Premise
2. Premise
3. Conclusion
Areas of -Philosophy:
epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, ethics
*Valid Argument: If all of its premises are true, then its conclusion is guaranteed to be true.
Example of a valid argument:
(Modus Ponens
1. If A then B
2. A
3. Therefore B
1. If it rains then the ground gets wet.
2. It rained.
3. Therefore, the ground is wet.
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