PHIL220-DB10 - Essay Prowess


Argument from Consciousness/Mind (a.k.a. the NoologicalArgument)
notabene: Remember toalways write fullparagraphanswers. Use shortquotesand cite (give page numbers) of our resources as muchaspossible. Get us into the readings by usingshort quotes and pagenumbers.
(1)In your own wordsexplain the metaphysical commitments of Naturalistic evolution and why most Naturalists (scientific atheists) do not believe that human organisms have any non-physical components (e.g.consciousnessmindsetc.)
(2)Give us one of the arguments for property dualism or substance dualism (arguments for non-physical/immaterial parts of humans).Cite the readings orPowerPoint.
(3)What do you make of this Argument from Consciousness? How powerful is it compared to other arguments?
(4) Ifphysicalismis true humans would have to change many views about life that we believe in (but are actually false). Discuss one of these: (a) no free will; (b) no good or evil; (c) no absolute continued existence through time (i.e. we are not the same people we were 5 seconds before or that we were in Kindergarten); (d) holding people responsible for crimes committed in the past are false; (e) etc.
(5) Critical Comment and discussion question fromHammons’document.
(6) Tell us what you are going to do after we finish this class and before the next semester starts.

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