Thoughts on Philosophy Devon G.

Unit 1


I am excited to discuss with the class and hear everyone's different opinions on topics. I am not really nervous or concerned about anything in regards to this class, because I find this course interesting.

"The unexamined life is not worth living" means in my opinion, that if you aren't trying to search for new experiences and opportunities, then there is no need for you to be apart of the "unexamined life". But what defines an "unexamined life" differs between people.


Ten Commandments:

1- Humans are a very curious species. For someone to truly live their life, they have to ponder things that they are most curious about.

2- I do truly believe this statement. People, overall, assume too often, you should doubt claims until it is proven true. Assumptions can be very biased, and most times if not proven true, then it is false.

3- Loving the truth is accepting things for what the are.

4- Divide and conquer is important for analyzation. It helps an individual break down the true meaning behind things.

5- Collecting thoughts and constructing your own version of an idea is important because it keeps people questioning; it helps further philosophy.

6- People will always disagree with you one way or another, but you have to learn how to be open for criticism. It becomes easier to learn when you accept other people's views.

7- You have to be open minded. You aren't always going to be right, and you have to be willing to accept and learn from that.

8- Simplicity over complexity is something I believe to be true. Do not seek to be "better" than anyone else, by becoming a more complex individual.

9- Live by being honest with yourself and those around you.

10- Always try to be optimistic and find things that will challenge you to become a better person.


I learned that my time period was the true beginning of philosophy. Philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates, really shaped philosophy and how it works. A lot of future philosophers based their work off of previous, famous philosophers.


I would have followed Buddha because I feel it is the best way to achieve Enlightenment. The philosophy of Buddhism was created around Siddhartha Gautama's personal experiences. From these experiences he created The Eightfold Path, which are the steps in practicing Buddhism.


Socrates defined wisdom as someone who is willing to admit that they don't know something. He believes that it is easier to learn when you know nothing; it opens your mind. I guess I used the Socratic Method a lot when I was picking a college. So the question I used was "What college is the right fit for me?", and from there, there were questions that branched off and created sub divisions to answer my question.


I used to truly believe that people were mostly good, but as I got older and experienced more, I found that I don't believe that anymore. I was deceived into thinking that everyone has good intentions, but no one truly does. I've learned this through Sociological experiences.y

2/9 (absent

My score varied depending on the topic. For religion, I am very skeptical. My score for scientific evidence was non-skeptic. And my score for moral knowledge says that I believe moral knowledge is possible but I am not a skeptic. My beliefs vary depending on the topic because I am not a religious individual whatsoever, but I do believe strongly in science. My moral score was somewhere inbetween.



I think Descartes is too much of a skeptic, its overwhelming. He can never truly believe anything because he always questions it's true existence. I think he over thinks the meaning of life.


I think we fall in love, because people long for a permanent relationship with someone. Most relationships we have with people are all temporary, including friendships. Falling in love with someone is different than a friendship because they can provide love in all ways. Humans being sexual beings, having someone to love physically is also something humans want to have.o


I don't think Hume was a complete waste of time. He was a more realistic philosopher, based around science. He based his research and questions around previous experiences, which are more reliable then going into an idea blind.


I am not a skeptic when it comes to obtaining knowledge. My definition of knowledge revolves around my experiences and science. I do believe in Hume's theory of cause and effect, because it is the most realistic, and reliable belief system. I do not question my experiences, because without them, I cannot gain knowledge.p


I'm not really an argumentative person. I don't seek out for arguments or debates with people, so I don't argue much. But when I do argue it is for something I truly believe in, so I can argue it well. So I would rate my argumentative skills like a 7, but I rarely do.


It is important to understand deductive reasoning, because it creates an effective argument. It helps build conclusions and the "bigger idea". The knowledge you gain from deductive reasoning helps you in your everyday life. It is a difficult concept because you do not go through your everyday life thinking about deductive reasoning.


I think I'm most guilty of using Appeal to Pity when I know I don't have a good argument. I mostly use this when I have disagreements with my dad, because I know that I'm wrong, but I still want to find some type of argument.




One time I saw a woman drop her purse and all of her bags at the mall. I walked over to help pick them up for her. After, we talked for a little while. The negative consequence of my good motive was that I was late too work. Another time I went to a bounquet with my mother, with the intent that I was only going to eat the food they were giving to me for free. I was kind of negative the whole night because I didn't want to be there, but I ended up winning $100 from a raffle ticket drawing.


I side more with consequence when it comes to loosing human life. But when it comes to more subtle outcomes, basically anything instance doesn't include loosing someone's life, I side more with deontology.


If we use this method in other subjects, such as politics, it's important because it supports the majority of people. Utilitarianism focuses on the outcome of a situation.


Virtue ethics is an ethical theory that focuses on those character traits that make someone a good person rather than simply on a the actions the person performs. I think ethics should be based around actions that are morally right or obligatory, over a person being good. We can't defined right morals or what makes a person good, but a person can be good and have bad morals.


My dad because he has had the most direct influence on me. Other role models have been people I looked up to but my dad has taught me the most, and is someone who's relationship cannot be compromised.


Nothing nowadays has a set belief. The world now is so open about what people believe so the act of morals really depends on the person or a particular society. I would say that morals do go against the utilitarianistic belief, decisions are made more for the individual person instead of people as a whole.u


75%- Friedman and 25%- Rawls, It is realistic to say that no one is completely equal, and that life isn't fair. Everyone has freedom to their capabilities. No matter how much we conform to a new society, Rawls belief system is not realistic because there is no room to grow or produce creativity.


Nowadays the right thing to do, almost always comes back to what will benefit the majority of people. What is just and what isn't, solely depends on the individuals morals,a


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