Moral Philosophy

Ethics, or moral philosophy, can be divided into three related areas: Meta-Ethics, Normative Ethics, and Applied Ethics.  Meta-ethics addresses questions about the nature of ethics itself. For example, ‘Is morality subjective or objective?’ is a meta-ethical question which concerns the nature of morality itself.  Normative Ethics focuses on the ethical standards (norms) on which moral […]

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Philosophy of Religion

God has had a substantial role in the history of philosophy. For example, Descartes attempts to escape solipsism by appeal to the clear and distinct idea of God; he also invokes the Almighty in his attempt to explain the problem of causal interaction. In addition, Berkeley required the intervention of God in order to account […]

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Philosophy of Mind

The mind/ body problem is as old as philosophy itself. Usually, people fall into one of two camps here – materialism (also known as physicalism) or dualism. Materialists believe that there is essentially one kind of thing in the world – matter. As such, everything – including our thoughts, feelings, and conscious experience in general […]

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Epistemology

If one subject, more than any other, has come to dominate philosophical inquiry it is epistemology.  Epistemology deals with questions concerning the nature of knowledge, what we can know, and how we come to know it.  Modern philosophy’s focus on epistemology might be considered the legacy of René Descartes; however, as we have already seen, […]

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