Saturday, October 17, 2009

Questions (2010-2011)

There are many questions. Here is a set, which if not familiar, soon will be very much so.
  1. Consider the extent to which knowledge issues in ethics are similar to those in at least one other area of knowledge.
  2. How important are the opinions of experts in the search for knowledge?
  3. “Doubt is the key to knowledge.”—Persian proverb. To what extent is this true in two areas of knowledge?
  4. To what extent do we need evidence to support our beliefs in different areas of knowledge?
  5. To what extent are the various areas of knowledge defined by their methodologies rather than their content?
  6. “There are no absolute distinctions between what is true and what is false”. Discuss this claim.
  7. How can we recognise when we have made progress in the search for knowledge? Consider two contrasting areas of knowledge.
  8. “Art is a lie that brings us nearer to the truth.”—Pablo Picasso. Evaluate this claim in relation to a specific art form (for example, visual arts, literature, theatre).
  9. Discuss the roles of language and reason in history.
  10. A model is a simplified representation of some aspect of the world. In what ways may models help or hinder the search for knowledge?
This, like the previous set, is also a stub for now. It will likely grow as the other one did. I am particularly struck by how questions 3 and 8 echo each other.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh. Well, I was going to upload it for you (and the whole world) to see, but seeing as you've already gotten hold of it (though through what means I do not know), never mind, then. I'm probably going for either 6 or 10. Most likely 6. Because I enjoy the absolute / subjective truth discussion. Yeah.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 4:00:00 am  

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