This module’s concept was hard for me to wrap my head around. I’m torn on the idea of free will, and what amount of free choice we actually have, regardless of how we perceive it. I’ve always wondered if we really do have choice at all, or if we are solely a product of our … Continue reading Fatalism, Determination and Free Will:
Month: September 2016
Zombies and Personal Identity
The question of what makes me “me” is one that I’ve been wrestling with personally for years, long before I recognized it as a philosophical question. I’ve had many conversations and debates about it, and I’m no closer to a definitive answer now than I was when the question first crossed my mind. The readings … Continue reading Zombies and Personal Identity
Belief, Knowledge and Surviving Death
As we delve into the concepts of the soul, of death and the potential of an afterlife, I am reminded of how magnificent a thing the human brain/mind is, and how – although science has made huge strides in understanding the brain – we still have so much further to go to obtain a working … Continue reading Belief, Knowledge and Surviving Death
What is Philosophy?
Throughout history, the word Philosophy has had many different meanings to very different people. Academics have used philosophy and philosophical principles to address every serious and important questions. Laypeople have used the term philosophy to describe their own attitudes and biases on a variety of subjects. Philosophy is used within a variety of fields and … Continue reading What is Philosophy?
What Can We Know? Knowledge vs. Belief vs. Reality
Questions like the nature of reality, perception and whether or not we can ever know what is real are many of the reasons why I often say that philosophy makes my head hurt. When I think about questions like these for an extended period of time, I not only have a headache, but I also … Continue reading What Can We Know? Knowledge vs. Belief vs. Reality