What is Philosophy

1/  What distinguishes philosophical questions from other more common or everyday questions?  Describe the ‘Philosophical Method’ that was discussed this week. What are inductive and deductive reasoning? How are they similar? How are they different? Do you find one stronger than the other?  What is conceptual analysis? What are your feelings on this whole search for ‘Truth’? Is it a worthwhile endeavor or are we wasting our time looking for something that isn’t there? Finally, what are your thoughts on the ‘What is Philosophy’ reading and lecture? Is there anything that stuck out to you and that you found particularly interesting?  2/ You need to reply to at 2 postings below that agree or disagree, each reply must be unique and be a minimum of 3 sentences. Post #1: The difference between philosophy questions and everyday questions is the way you think about them. Philosophy questions are more complicated than normal ones. They make you dig deeper to find the answer. The philosophical method is the study on how to do philosophy and how to answer philosophical questions. Deductive reasoning gives us concreate conclusions on whether the hypothesis is valid. When we use this, we look for clear information to base off of our next step of the process. Inductive reasoning does not need clear information to form a conclusion. the propositions used are strong evidence for a certain conclusion. Only a certain amount of guessing is necessary. Both help us think and learn while helping us reach a conclusion.  Conceptual analysis is the main traditional method of philosophy. the basic idea is questions such as “What is truth?” I believe that it is a waste of time trying to find ‘Truth’ if it is non existent. Post #2: Distinguishes philosophical questions from other common or everyday questions is we curious and want to know about everyday topics including simple things. Philosophy method involves a commitment to reason and argument as a source of knowledge. Deductive reasoning is a basic form of valid reasoning, it works from the more general to the more specific reasoning. inductive reasoning is the opposite of deductive reasoning, it makes broad generalizations from specific observation. Both approaches are used in various types of research, and it’s not uncommon to combine them in one large study. Inductive reasoning aims at developing a theory while deductive reasoning aims at testing an existing theory. Conceptual analysis is one of the main traditional methods of philosophy, arguably dating back to Plato’s early dialogues.

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