The necessary connection between cause and effect.

In this essay I will be attempting to explain what the necessary connection between cause and effect entails, and whether or not it is logically founded. I will be looking at Plato, Aristotle, Russell, Hume and Kant respectively to set out the problem with causality and what kind of conclusions can be made about it … Continue reading The necessary connection between cause and effect.

The criteria of personal identity.

In this essay I will be attempting to examine and critically assess the memory/psychological criterion of personal identity. I will begin with the concept of personal identity and work my way through the different criteria for it. This will lead to the psychological theory and what problems there are with it, the bodily and substance … Continue reading The criteria of personal identity.

Does this universe suggest a God?

In this essay I will attempting to concentrate on the argument from design and whether or not the existence of regularity and order in this world (Universe) provide compelling evidence for the existence of God. I will begin with a brief explanation of what the teleological argument is. I will then put forward Thomas Aquinas' (1225-1274) version of the … Continue reading Does this universe suggest a God?

Is it a contradiction to deny God’s existence?

In this essay I will be looking at the ontological argument in order to find out if it demonstrates that there is a contradiction in denying the existence of God. I will begin with a short description of what exactly the ontological argument is. Then I will put forward Saint Anselm of Canterbury's (1033–1109) ontological argument, using Gaunilo of Marmoutiers (11th-century) … Continue reading Is it a contradiction to deny God’s existence?

Behaviourism and the mind/body problem.

In this essay I will be discussing behaviourism and whether or not it offers a clear and satisfactory solution to the mind/body problem. I will begin with a quick definition of dualism referring to René Descartes (1596-1650) and state what this means for the mind/body argument. Then I will move onto Gilbert Ryle's (1900-1976) attack on this view … Continue reading Behaviourism and the mind/body problem.