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Trevor Coffrin

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  • A Socratic Dialogue on Art and Beauty
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    A Socratic Dialogue on Art and Beauty

    8 years ago

      [The following is a Socratic dialogue I have written to help get at the meaning of the word beauty. All characters are fictional, except of couse, for Socrates]. Atreus is the director of the Art Gallery of Athens, and has to determine which...

  • Aristotle's Four Causes
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    Aristotle's Four Causes

    8 years ago

    To fully understand an object or an event, we need to be able to answer some basic questions concerning its nature. Aristotle argues we can only know a thing fully when all the causes of its existence are known. Furthermore, Aristotle believes each...

  • David Hume's Association of Ideas
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    David Hume's Association of Ideas

    8 years ago

      It can readily be noted that in most instances our thoughts flow smoothly from one to another with some degree of coherence. That is, our thoughts and ideas are not merely random and nonsensical, but that there is some unifying connection...

  • Against Psychoanalysis as a Basis for Determinism
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    Against Psychoanalysis as a Basis for Determinism

    9 years ago

      The debate between free will and determinism has gone on for millennia. Advocates for each side have made compelling arguments for their respective positions. In the paper “Free Will and Psychoanalysis” John Hospers relies on Freudian...

  • A Relational Approach to Understanding
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    A Relational Approach to Understanding

    9 years ago

    There are many ways that we try to understand the world we live in: we analyze, dissect, perform tests, conduct studies, observe, and so on. These are some of the methods of science that are seemingly highly prized in our “modern” era. However,...

  • A Critique of Hume’s Account of Personal Identity
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    A Critique of Hume’s Account of Personal Identity

    9 years ago

    There is a commonly held belief that there is such a thing as a ‘self’ that persists throughout one’s life. To say there is a ‘self’ that persists throughout one’s life is simply to say that there is something about a person (call it a...

  • Rule-Utilitarianism:Bridging the Gap between Consequentialist and Deontological Theories of Morality
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    Rule-Utilitarianism:Bridging the Gap between Consequentialist and Deontological Theories of Morality

    9 years ago

    There are many competing moral theories, all of which try to determine what constitutes right moral action. Consequentialists argue that the worth of moral actions ought to be judged based upon the consequences produced by one’s action....

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