VCC The Presocratic Philosophers Explanations & Rational Explanations Discussion

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Description

he Reading Assignment contains (usually) two questions pertaining to short sections of (usually) primary sources. Primary sources are the original writings of important philosophers, not textbook accounts, summaries, or expert explanations of original writings. (Expert explanations, textbook accounts, etc. are called 'secondary sources.') The primary sources are (usually) provided as links to free online sources. Detailed instructions identify the exact passages to read.

Please note that this is NOT a research assignment. You should NOT search for additional information on the text(s) or its author(s) or try to find 'the right answers' to the Reading Assignment Questions. Rather, you should 'struggle' with the text(s) and make sure to answer all parts of the questions completely and thoroughly to the best of your understanding. Please find below two pdf files with selections from the Presocratic philosophers. We normally use online links for our readings, but for Presocratic philosophy there were no suitable ones available.

Selections from the Pre-Socratic Philosophers .pdf

More Selections from the Pre-Socratics.pdf

In the first document, please read (at least) the sections concerning Thales and Anaximander.

In the second document, please read both (short) sections.

After careful reflection, please answer the following questions:

  1. What is it that the Presocratic philosophers were curious about? What were they trying to explain? How would we today explain the phenomena the Presocratics were curious about? Carefully explain your reasoning.
  2. Do you consider the Presocratic philosophers’ explanations rational explanations? Why? Why not? Carefully explain your reasoning.

Your response to each question should be about 300 - 400 words in length, but please feel free to be as detailed as you wish. Your responses must be written in full sentences, logically structured, using proper grammar and spelling, and appropriate style. It is recommended that you write out your answers using a word processing program and copy and paste the completed response. This will avoid loss of work in case of internet outage, etc. Always keep a backup copy of all written work.

Due Date

The due date for your Reading Assignment is specified in the course calendar.

Evaluation

Your Reading Assignment will be evaluated on the basis of the Reading Assignment Rubric.

Value

This Reading Assignment is worth 20 points toward your total score for this course. Please see syllabus for details.

Rubric

Reading Assignment Rubric

Reading Assignment Rubric

CriteriaRatingsPts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnswer Question 1

8 to >7.0 pts

Accomplished

All aspects of question are answered. Answer is comprehensive, thorough, and fully supported by sound reasoning.

7 to >4.0 pts

Solid

Some aspects of question remain unanswered, and/or answer lacks detail and/or is not fully supported by sound reasoning.

4 to >0.0 pts

Developing

Most or all aspects of question remain unanswered, and/or answer is extremely brief and/or not supported by sound reasoning.

0 pts

No submission

8 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnswer Question 1

8 to >7.0 pts

Accomplished

All aspects of question are answered. Answer is comprehensive, thorough, and fully supported by sound reasoning.

7 to >4.0 pts

Solid

Some aspects of question remain unanswered, and/or answer lacks detail and/or is not fully supported by sound reasoning.

4 to >0.0 pts

Developing

Most or all aspects of question remain unanswered, and/or answer is extremely brief and/or not supported by sound reasoning.

0 pts

No Submission

8 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLanguageUse of Standard, Written English

4 to >3.0 pts

Accomplished

Answers are logically structured and presented in complete sentences in proper written English. No or very few grammar or spelling errors are present.

3 to >2.0 pts

Solid

Answers are not completely logically structured or presented in sentence fragments and/or contain some grammar and/or spelling errors.

2 to >0.0 pts

Developing

Answers lack logical structure and are presented in sentence fragments and/or contain substantial grammar and/or spelling errors.

0 pts

No Submission

4 pts

Total Points: 20

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Explanation & Answer

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1. What is it that the Presocratic philosophers were curious about? What were they trying
to explain? How would we today explain the phenomena the Presocratics were curious
about? Carefully explain your reasoning.

From the interpretation of the pre-Socratic writing, there are various topics that one could
pick out. Many elucidate how the world has come to be as it is. Initially, Thales had curiosity
over the coexistence of the world with water. He, however, believed that water was the basis of
life. He held the belief that water could be dissipated into various forms and is thus capable of
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