True or False 1-15
1. To say that philosophy
encourages the adoption of a questioning attitude means that philosophic
thinking encourages people to deny the existence of God or traditional moral
2. In philosophy
the purpose of rational self-examination is to develop arguments that correct
or support beliefs in ways that could be persuasive even to people with
philosophy is defined as the pursuit of wisdom, it does not investigate what it
means to ask questions in the first place.
4. As the pursuit
of wisdom, philosophy raises questions about almost everything except what it
means to question in the first place.
philosophy requires that we question our beliefs, it cannot provide reasons why
one set of beliefs should be preferred over another.
6. One of the
primary aims of philosophy is to see how our beliefs compare with those of
others who can and do raise objections against those beliefs.
attempts to answer questions such as "Why do we exist?" by examining
what it means to ask such questions and to evaluate whether proposed answers to
such questions are justified.
questions are generally more concerned with identifying how beliefs differ
among persons or cultures than with how those different beliefs can be
9. Myth provides
the vocabulary and grammar in terms of which both philosophical questions and
their answers are intelligible.
giving us a sense of purpose and moral value, myth indicates our place in
nature and explains in general why things are the way they are.
point of the Socratic method is to determine the truth of a belief by means of
dialectical exchange (questions and answers, hypothesis and counter-example).
comment that "the unexamined life is not worth living" is an example
of his ironic technique of saying something that means just the opposite.
13. In the
Socratic method of enquiry, one asks questions aimed at discovering the nature,
essence, or fundamental principles of the topic under consideration.
ignorance is the same as complete skepticism because Socrates admits he knows
nothing, not even whether his method of enquiry is appropriate.
15. Like the
social sciences (e.g., psychology or sociology), philosophy discovers truths by
identifying what people in fact believe instead of judging whether those
beliefs are justified.