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Fundamental question ??

  1. Rafini profile image87
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    What is a fundamental question?  According to the dictionary, 'fundamental' means basic, or essential. 

    I need to determine the fundamental question involved in an assignment in order to write an argumentative paper.  (it involves three separate statements)  The only thing I can come up with is:  Are these statements right?  (which, obviously, they aren't because they all derive from separate belief systems)

    So, what are some examples of a Fundamental Question?  (I ought to be able to figure it out from examples, lol)  Thanks!

    1. Evan G Rogers profile image79
      Evan G Rogersposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      what's the topic of your argumentative paper?

      For example:
      Topic - Monetary policy
      Questions: Should we have a central bank?

      Topic - public schools
      Question: Should schools be socialized and paid for my government, or should they be privatized?

      Topic - drug usage in the US
      Question: Should drugs be legal?

      1. Rafini profile image87
        Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        so the fundamental question directly relates to the topic of the paper?  I can get that...thanks!  smile

        1. Evan G Rogers profile image79
          Evan G Rogersposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          What's the topic you're writing about?

          -- ps, there might be more than one "fundamental question". That's the important part.

          This is what's known as "framing the debate". If you get to start the debate, you get to ask the fundamental question, and thus frame the debate.

          For example, with the topic of "public schools" you could make a million different "fundamental questions".

          1) are they working
          2) US vs Others
          3) private vs. Public
          4) the privatization of public schools
          5) drugs in public schools
          6) students rights IN public schools
          7) free speech in public schools.

          etc etc.

          This is how you frame the debate.

          1. Rafini profile image87
            Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I have 3 'statement' from bin Laden about why the Taliban attacked America.  Discuss the DCT and CR - is one statement better than the others and why.  (in a nutshell. lol)

            so, it sounds like the fundamental question is what I'm responding to, what my thesis statement needs to address.  (she said to make the thesis a summary of the problem & the solution)  Is it okay to have a thesis more than a sentence?  As in, a complete paragraph?

            1. Evan G Rogers profile image79
              Evan G Rogersposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              First off, I'm not familiar with "DCT" and "CR"... what do those mean?

              A thesis basically means "What are you going to argue For/Agaist".

              Topic: Birth Control
              Framing Questions: "Should women be allowed to have abortions?"
              Thesis: "Women have the right to abortions". (or whatever you WANT to argue).

              So, your situation:

              Topic: "the 9/11 attacks"
              Question: "Why did they attack us"
              Thesis: "They attacked us because we've been over there killing their children and women for about a century. It's called blowback."

              --- You can probably see a connection between these debates and the HubPages forums. People get onto HubPages, start a forum with a "topic", then the person writes out a summary of the argument (the question), and then everyone on the forum demands their "Thesis" be heard.

              Most of the people on HubPages are liberals, so their theses are usually liberal-style "government can help the poor"; a few are conservatives, so their theses are generally "quit hating america and stealing my money!"; and then people like me are libertarian/anarchists whose theses are "let me have my freedom". ----

              I think this is what your teacher is asking.

              This is for college right? What is the name of the class it's for?

              1. Rafini profile image87
                Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Intro to Philosophy.

                Divine Command Theory & Cultural Relativism (DCT, CR)


                I do fine when I know what I'm talking about, lol, but when it's taking a step back I'm kinda lost. lol

                I have noticed that, with the HP Forums.  I've jumped in a few times. lol  Guess I should have stuck around a little more. lol

                1. Evan G Rogers profile image79
                  Evan G Rogersposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Divine command theory?! Cultural Relativism?!

                  I don't know much about those things. It sounds like you might not know much either. A quick google search should solve things.

                  ...

                  ...

                  DCT = creationism. Which, at best, can't be proved, and thus is NOT a theory. I know I'm going to piss off a few religious types, but don't get me wrong! A scientific theory is nothing more than "an explanation that has yet to be disproven".

                  Creationism, "DCT", is NOT a theory because it CAN'T be disproven. No matter HOW much evidence you stack against it, the creationist can simply say "nuh-uh! GOD did it!!!!"

                  Here's wikipedia on CR:
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_relativism

                  Your question is to look at What Bin Laden said, and then to analyze it through the lenses of DCT and CR.

                  Shouldn't be too hard.

                  "He believes in God (DCT), and thus our infringements into his culture led him to kill people for the greater good (CR)."

                  Something like that. I dunno.

                  1. Rafini profile image87
                    Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    thanks for trying. smile

                  2. Mikel G Roberts profile image89
                    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this



                    Whoa...

                    That is very good. So the existence/non-existence of God could be deemed a scientific theory.

                    And the fundemental religious question:

                    Does God exist?

    2. Shahid Bukhari profile image60
      Shahid Bukhariposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Without being Pragmatic, or Religious ... The Fundamental Question, is the Question of "Being" ...

      For all Questions emanate from within Being ... the dead and non existent do not pose Questions.

      And The Fundamenrtal Questions in Being are the Questions relating The Truth and the Purpose of Being ...

      Two things Define the Existential Reality, these are Matter and Idea ...
      After you have decided to follow one of the two modes ... of Reason or Belief, the next two Questions are the Defining of Matter and Idea ...

      In Islamic Cognition, Matter and Idea Constitute the Reality, in Living Human Awareness ... the Sense of Being ...

      Well, these are some of the Fundamental Questions ... hope these are helpful towards writing the referred Paper.

    3. Mikel G Roberts profile image89
      Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this



      Do I exist?
      What is reality?
      Does truth exist, or is it merely perspective?
      If truth does exist, are there any absolute truths?

      Can God, if God as defined by Christianity is an omnipotent being, build a wall God cannot jump?

      1. Shahid Bukhari profile image60
        Shahid Bukhariposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Yes you do !
        You are Reality !
        Your Existence is the Truth !
        Try understand your self ... you will Find, The Absolute Truth.

        Why ... ?

  2. paradigmsearch profile image85
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    What is the meaning of life?

  3. paradigmsearch profile image85
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    Do I exist?

    One of the ancient Greeks successfully answered this one, but darned if I can remember which one. smile

  4. profile image65
    logic,commonsenseposted 6 years ago

    By what and whose specifications do you or I exist?

  5. paradigmsearch profile image85
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    And the most fundamental question of all…

    Does Snooki snore?

    1. Rafini profile image87
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      lol   I'm thinking...yes!...or, um...maybe?  big_smile

    2. Evan G Rogers profile image79
      Evan G Rogersposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      yes, but the noise comes out from "the other" end....

      ... ewwwwwww!

      1. Rafini profile image87
        Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        lol  ooops - who would have thought up a name like Snookie?  lol 

        (blushing terribly with embarrassment for an inexcusable lack of knowledge in this department)

 
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