A History of Western Philosophy: Modern and Postmodern, From by Norman L. Geisler

By Norman L. Geisler

You will see farther while status at the shoulders of giants. the good philosophers of antiquity are really the highbrow giants bridging the abyss among the prior and the current. regrettably, the strategies of the sooner thinkers have been usually conflicting and sometimes wrong. however, we will be able to usually examine from the error of those nice minds. there's a lot of fact to be discovered from an important errors. nice minds produce nice techniques, and nice options are worthy considering back. Our brain is enriched by means of following within the highbrow footsteps of these that experience long gone sooner than us. Philosophy presents a foundation of concept in nearly another self-discipline. for instance, one can't really understand technological know-how with no realizing the philosophy of technological know-how. Nor can one recognize theology with out figuring out the philosophical rules that it's equipped upon. The learn of the heritage of idea is a helpful and lucrative company all inside of itself. you couldn't spend your highbrow efforts extra profitably than within the research of the unfolding of the background of serious rules. we don't stay in a vacuum, hence, we must never imagine in a vacuum. With the guidance of the strategies of these that experience long past prior to us, we will be able to effect the ideas of these that come after us.

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If dependence upon outside stimulation was the basis for knowledge, there could never be any certainty of truths. Knowledge of truths must be derived from innate ideas which are not realized until particular circumstances occasion one’s attention. Leibniz held that first principles are necessary for all knowledge. There are several first principles: First, the Principle of Sufficient Reason is the ground of all true propositions and intelligibility. " The connection between truths of reason which are necessary and truths of fact is not always necessary.

Here is where Bacon was trying to free science and philosophy from dogmatic theology. There is no expectation placed on a physicist to introduce religious convictions into scientific inquiry. Nor is there the need to interpret nature so as to make it conform to the creeds. Further addressing the issues surrounding philosophical thought, Bacon states the three main schools of philosophy and their inherent problems. , as grounds for explaining natural philosophy. Second, the empiricists fail to provide a place for sound reason.

484). , no. 485). , no. 487). Pascal’s Wager There are two assumptions required for Pascal’s wager. First, one has to assume that he cannot know for sure by reason alone whether God exists or not, and second, the un-assuredness of what constitutes life beyond this present human existence. The questions that follow becomes: How then should one live in this life? What are the odds for there being a God and an afterlife? To answer these inquires, Pascal wrote: Either God is or he is not. But to which view shall one be inclined?

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