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  Will (Philosophy) - LoveToKnow 1911
It is possible to treat will as a permanent cause manifesting itself through a series of sequent changes, and obedient to the laws which govern the development of the personality of the single individual.
For to regard a particular decision as the effect of the "fiat" of a self or will unmotived and uninfluenced by the idea of a future object of attainment seems to be equivalent to the simple statement that the choice was made or the decision taken.
The unsophisticated moral consciousness will still consider it unjust to punish a man for deeds of which he could not avoid the performance, and regard the alleged desire to produce in his future life consequences favourable to himself or society as beside the mark and irrelevant to the question at issue.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Will_(Philosophy)   (6542 words)

 Will (philosophy and psychology) - MSN Encarta
Will (philosophy and psychology), capacity to choose among alternative courses of action and to act on the choice made, particularly when the action is directed toward a specific goal or is governed by definite ideals and principles of conduct.
For rationalist philosophers, such as Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and René Descartes, the will is the agent of the rational soul in governing purely animal appetites and passions.
Among the common deficiencies that may lead to infirmity of will are absence of goals worth striving for or of ideals and standards of conduct worth respecting; vacillating attention; incapacity to resist impulses or to break habits; and inability to decide among alternatives or to stick to a decision, once made.
encarta.msn.com /encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspx?refid=761553442   (427 words)

 Will Durant: What is Philosophy?
Human conduct and belief are now undergoing transformations profounder and more disturbing than any since the appearance of wealth and philosophy put an end to the traditional religion of the Greeks.
Perhaps philosophy will give us, if we are faithful to it, a healing unity of soul.
Philosophy is harmonized knowledge making a harmonious life; it is the self-discipline which lifts us to security and freedom.
www.willdurant.com /philosophy.htm   (730 words)

 A Warhol show explores Germany's Master Race philosophy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A forum will be held on March 1 from 5 to 10 p.m.
The evening will include a short talk and discussion with Andrew Lee, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health Sciences, and Thomas Sokolowski, director of The Andy Warhol Museum.
Once Germany adopted that philosophy, she said, "You could easily move to groups that did not fit into their world view -- from German nationals who had genetic diseases to Gypsies who were on the periphery of society and did not work, so they were expendable.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/06354/747359-42.stm   (1371 words)

 University at Buffalo - Department of Philosophy
This is a study of philosophy with an emphasis on an historical overview for the beginner.
We will also examine some of the techniques that have been advanced for assessing the quality of arguments such as Aristotle's theory of the syllogism, which is still remarkably insightful, and various techniques that use diagrams.
At the end of the course, we will discuss an overview of the impact of logic, and its extraordinary conclusions: the notion of an "algorithm" that is so useful in computer science, as well as a brief glance at some interesting and peculiar results in advanced mathematical logic.
philosophy.buffalo.edu /ARCHIVE/fa06sp07su07/courses/fall06/100-200.html   (3063 words)

 Honors Program | Philosophy
Philosophy faculty who are not members of the examining committee may participate in the questioning at the discretion of the committee.
The student's overall academic record in philosophy courses may be used to lower, but not to raise, the degree of Honors that would have been awarded on the basis of the thesis and the oral examination alone.
Philosophy faculty members who are not members of the examining committee may participate in the committee's deliberations, but the decisions concerning the awarding of Honors and the degree of Honors are to be made by the examining committee alone.
www.wm.edu /philosophy/honors.php   (1396 words)

 Fordham Philosophy
In addition to preparing one for graduate study in philosophy, a philosophy major is one of the best preparations available for graduate study in law, business, and education, as well for a wide range of positions in business, journalism, publishing, government, and ministry.
Philosophy majors outperformed all other disciplines on the verbal portion of the GRE exam, and outside the natural sciences, only philosophy and economics majors significantly beat the national average on the quantitative portion of the GRE.
Philosophy and critical thinking courses are taught at the community college level and at virtually every public and private four-year college and research university in the country, as well as at some public and private high schools.
www.fordham.edu /philosophy/undergraduate/careers.htm   (1532 words)

 Course Availability for Philosophy
This class will be structured around the development of epistemology and metaphysics in the 17th and 18th centuries, culminating in the Kantian synthesis.
We will examine the major trends in feminist philosophy and discuss the historical tensions between philosophy as a discipline and the study of gender.
This course will examine the debate between analytic and nonanalytic feminists and consider its implications for the future of philosophy.
www.uwsp.edu /philosophy/pcourse.htm   (2530 words)

 Hegel (SUBLATION of HEGEL'S Philosophy)
The philosophy of the third millennium cannot find its satisfaction in past philosophies, Hegel's philosophy not excluded; it has to redefine the very notion of philosophy - what philosophy is about, - even if it has to give up its very name of philosophy in the process of its remaking.
Willing, desiring to recognise the power of the Absolute, God, in religion man utters the following words of the prayer: "May Your Will be." The ordinary man is aware of the absolute truth of the World but he cares about the Will of the Absolute Material Entelechy.
The rational will of the absolute material entelechy illimitably possesses both moments - matter and entelechy, - in their absolute unity, in which they are one and the same so that either of them is unthinkable and impossible to be possessed without its other and matter is as much entelechial as entelechy is material.
www.jgora.dialog.net.pl /OnTheAbsoluteRationalWill   (8149 words)

 Philosophy - Courses
Philosophy, from early on its beginnings, was accused of being a perplexing, abstract and futile exercise of thought that asks many puzzling questions and gives few satisfactory answers.
This is a course in the philosophy o flaw as reflected in the literature of the era.
Kaplan's philosophy of religion is pragmatic in the Deweyan sense of judging beliefs as true by looking to their value in and through experience (which is shaped by and which shapes the life of the community).
philosophy.binghamton.edu /courses.htm   (6965 words)

 Philosophy Graduate Program Requirements
Those plans will include a tentative timetable, a determination of the dissertation committee, and the expected character of the materials to be submitted by the student, and on which the exam/discussion will be based.
If the student is making satisfactory progress, he or she will be so notified; if there has not been satisfactory progress, a meeting will be scheduled with the student and committee to discuss the problems impeding progress.
All third year students will be evaluated early in the Spring Quarter on the basis of reports from their preliminary essay committee and an assessment of their essay by the Graduate Program Committee.
philosophy.uchicago.edu /graduate/program.shtml   (2805 words)

It will examine principles for correct reasoning and ways to distinguish good reasoning from bad, and it will consider the kinds of mistakes in reasoning that are most commonly made in everyday life.
This course will provide a philosophical examination of alternative theories of society, and it will investigate the basic presuppositions and structures of society and the ways in which these are to be understood and evaluated.
This course will be a continuation of Philosophy 1320, Introduction to Logic, and will be concerned with the principles and methods used in symbolic logic to distinguish between valid and invalid arguments.
www.panam.edu /dept/philosophy/course.htm   (1082 words)

 University of Connecticut Philosophy Department
Philosophy is unique both in its methods and in the nature and breadth of its subject matter.
Philosophy develops the capacity to see the world from the perspective of other individuals and other cultures; it enhances one's ability to perceive the relationships among the various fields of study; and it deepens one's sense of the meaning and varieties of human experience.
Topics will include the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil and human suffering, the nature of the self as it relates to religious concepts, and secular alternatives and transformations of religion.
www.philosophy.uconn.edu /ugrad/ucdesc.htm   (986 words)

 MN Philosophy Undergrad Courses
Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves", wrote Bertrand Russell in his paper The Value of Philosophy.
First, it will look at a threat to ethical theory as it is ordinarily practiced, a threat raised by psychological hedonism, a form of psychological egoism.
The third part of the course will examine the extent to which it can be virtuous to show mercy in certain legal contexts and the extent to which it is virtuous to forgive those who have wronged you.
www.philosophy.umn.edu /courses/undergradcourses.html   (1766 words)

 Why Philosophy?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Participating in the activity of philosophy will help you develop analytical, critical, and interpretive skills--skills that are important for life as a whole and that are relevant to all other areas of human activity as well.
The study of philosophy will enhance your ability to think logically and creatively, to understand and explain complex ideas, and to speak and write clearly and persuasively.
Philosophy majors are eligible to become student fellows of the Center and to participate in and contribute to all of its activities.
www.csun.edu /~philos33/overview.html   (684 words)

 Philosophy Now
As regards women in philosophy in general, my impression is that over the centuries they have not had the opportunity to have had access to philosophy and classics in sufficient numbers – which has been the case in several other fields.
The Institute will continue to carry out the ambition of the Programme to make high quality philosophy of all kinds available to everyone across the UK, but on a larger scale than was previously possible.
Specifically, doctors will not oppose legislation on assisted dying though they would insist that any such legislation should include ‘robust safeguards‘ for patients and doctors who would not wish to be involved.
www.philosophynow.org /issue52/52news.htm   (1166 words)

Philosophy 203 will offer an exploration of four major approaches to theorizing about ethics: an approach based on notions of utility, an approach based on the notion of duty, and approach based on virtues of character, and an approach based on social discourse.
We will not be experts on World Religions after taking this course, but we will be more sensitive to the kinds of issues at stake in the study of religion, and more familiar with the origins and evolutions of today’s living religions, both Eastern and Western.
In this team-taught course four topics will be the primary focus of discussion: biological evolution, cosmology, the credibility of miracle reports, and the scientific image of humankind.
www.udel.edu /Philosophy/content/students/courses.htm   (3132 words)

 Whitman Philosopy Department — Program
By the end of their junior year, all philosophy majors will submit a proposal for a Senior Paper to be approved by the department as a whole.
The Oral Examination will be open to the public and all philosophy majors will be invited to attend.
The fourth exam will propose two integrative questions covering the history of philosophy as a whole from which each student will select one to discuss orally with a panel of instructors.
www.whitman.edu /philosophy   (634 words)

 Free Will (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Free will also appears to be a condition on desert for one's accomplishments (why sustained effort and creative work are praiseworthy); on the autonomy and dignity of persons; and on the value we accord to love and friendship.
Many accounts of free will are constructed against the backdrop possibility (whether accepted as actual or not) that each stage of the world is determined by what preceded it by impersonal natural law.
Finally, there are those who believe freedom of will consists in a distinctively personal form of causality, commonly referred to as “agent causation.” The agent himself causes his choice or action, and this is not to be reductively analyzed as an event within the agent causing the choice.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/freewill   (6418 words)

 Philosophy: Free Will vs. Determinism: WSM Explains Limited Free Will over Determinism
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There is no mind absolute or free will, but the mind is determined for willing this or that by a cause which is determined in its turn by another cause, and this one again by another, and so on to infinity.
Given the current censorship in physics / philosophy of science journals (based on the standard model of particle physics / big bang cosmology) the internet is the best hope for getting new knowledge known to the world.
www.spaceandmotion.com /Philosophy-Free-Will-Determinism.htm   (4107 words)

 Bristol University - Department of Philosophy - Home
Bristol will be holding the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association (6-8 July 2007) and the annual conferences of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (5-6 July 2007) and the British Society for Ethical Theory (9-11 July 2007).
We offer a general MA in Philosophy, along with specialist MA programmes in Philosophy and History of Science, and Philosophy and Law.
In addition, the philosophers of science within the department hold a regular seminars in philosophy and history of science, incorporating joint seminars in philosophy of physics with the Bristol physics department and in philosophy of  mathematics and logic with the mathematics department, as well as seminars in the history and sociology of science.
www.bris.ac.uk /Depts/Philosophy/VL   (639 words)

 Department of Philosophy - University of Waterloo
Final details of the courses which will actually be offered in the next academic year, including special subject courses, are available at the time students select their classes.
Consideration will be given to various ethical theories as well as to the ethical conflicts arising between the notions of 'the person' and 'the individual' as defined in contemporary culture.
Attention will be paid to certain common themes, such as the pragmatic theory of truth, and the concept of democratic community.
philosophy.uwaterloo.ca /undergraduate/coursedescriptions.html   (4710 words)

 Philosophy Blog
The discussion on Philosophy News was a true and timely battle of the minds that asked, “Can democracy work for the whole world?” This is a very challenging question which was showed in the programs many discussions on what it means to people from all walks of life from all corners of the globe.
Some say that Philosophy is one’s search of meaning in one’s life and others say who cares.
There’s also hope that paper will be accompanied with a response by John Schellenberg.
www.definitionofphilosophy.com   (985 words)

 Utopia & Utopian Philosophy
This ultimate philosophy of striving for the best life possible for everyone, can be one global element of common sense and common purpose in an otherwise complex and fragmented world.
Utopian philosophy can be the goal that unites the world for good and noble actions.
Human DNA has been fully mapped and now it is just a matter of determining what each gene does so that we can manipulate the same to stop illness, increase intelligence, etc. Princeton University scientists have already genetically enhanced the intelligence of mice.
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