The role played by imagination was insignificant in the achievement of knowledge due to its confusing and tentative nature and that rational thought was the sources of much knowledge believed Sir Francis Bacon, a deterministic, Renaissance rationalist. [] The Critique of Pure Reason contrasts this view, stating that both reason and imagination are necessary for acquiring knowledge. [] However, to what extent can Bacon's views on reason and imagination be justified? This...
Religion and science are like two different sides of a coin and demarcation problem arises when we try to relate them together. Both science and religion have different points of views and they pursue knowledge using different comportments. The systematic way of science relies on empiricism and reason, it mostly consists of pure logic and on the other hand religion certifies sacredness and faith. The arising knowledge issue is, to what extent can science and religion be reconciled if agreeing...
The present laws deploy a number of fictions or illusions in the name of reason which provides social justice as it is said to be an empty promise and the legal system keeps away the people know their true interest, consequentially, the central theme of Critical legal theory is to doubt the prospect of uncovering the foundation of law based on reason. [] Gabel's view illustrates the legal thought is part of a larger practice of turning concepts into things, the practice of 'reifying'...
In perspective of Utilitarianism, the boundary that defines right verses wrong is determined via the consequence of that action. If the consequences are positive, then that action would be considered moral. The concept of Utilitarianism is based off of all actions are performed based on achieving pleasure and exemption from pain. However it should be noted that Utilitarianism is not to achieve the greatest pleasure for personal needs, but rather have the greatest happiness together, as a...
An unplesantly large number of people are convinced that the Voynich Manuscript is naught but a hoax. While the reasons behind their reasoning are varied, there are a few theories that have gained heightened popularity. Cheif among these is the theory of John Dee, a 15th century scientist and occultist. The theory stated that Dee created the manuscript (or at the very least owned it at one point) and then sold it to the king of Hungary, Rudolf II. It is known that Rudolf II owned the manuscript...
The argument on whether God is existent or non-existent is one that has lasted for decades. Some philosophers and theologians have argued on both sides but a solid evidence for or against the existence of God have not been provided. However, several proofs for or against God's existence have been provided. The paper argues on the basis of the non-existence of God from a philosophical point of view. Theories such as the problem of evil, principle of nature, and the parsimony arguments...
In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes declares two important facts about human nature may be discovered through introspection. This essay argues that Hobbes employed conception of personality and social contract for other persons. As a matter of fact, Hobbes is a critic of individual-ism with which he is usually associated...Thomas Hobbes asks his readers to test his account of human nature against their introspective experience. First, is the natural condition of mankind is a war of all against all? ...
Science can be distinguished for its changing state of conclusions. This provisional way of knowing can be very problematic even though it can be useful to us. Science is defined by the Webster's dictionary as "knowledge gained by systematic experimentation and analysis." (Webster's English Dictionary 253) What really distinguishes the sciences from many of the other ways of knowing is that it has a very different way to find the "truth." The definition of truth in this case...
Existentialism:- According to Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) Existentialism means to live life on your own terms. He argues that everyone is condemned to be free and have the right to make their own choices and take decisions. As shown in 'Existentialism-the philosophy' (2009) the philosophy of Existentialism is simply finding self and learn about life with freedom of choice and decisions depending upon individuals responsibilities. Therefore an individual is free to make choices and thus...
The title question of my case study is: 'Should Nuclear Power be Banned'. I have chosen this question as I believe it is a key topic at this present moment in life, with a lot of information about it in the media, such as on the news and in the papers each day. Also it is something that will affect the life in which we live in the future. So because of these reasons it is something that people need to be aware of and need to actually understand what nuclear power is and how it is affecting us...