Unit Two: The Big Questions (1-8)
Required Reading: Examined Lives by James Miller
Sixteen Big Questions (Philosophical questions):
- BQ1: Is there anything you would willingly die for? What?
- BQ2: If you only had a few minutes to live, what would you do with them? What if you only had a few days? Twenty years?
- BQ 3: What purpose does human life have that is not to be found in other animals? What is the purpose of your life?
- BQ 4: Do you believe in God? What is God like? How would you prove that God exists and your belief is true?
- BQ 5: Which is more real– the chair you are sitting on, the molecules that make up the chair, or the sensations and images you have of the chair as you are sitting on it?
- BQ 6: What could you do to prove that you have thoughts and feelings, a “mind”?
- Anselm‘s ontological argument.
- BQ 7: Is it really possible that only you know the truth and that everyone else is wrong?
- BQ 8: How would you prove to yourself that you are not dreaming and that you are awake?