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Philosophy by Mind Map: Philosophy

1. Plato

1.1. Allegory of the cave

1.1.1. The cave The visible world

1.1.2. The man Socrates/Plato

1.1.3. The prisoners Humanity Unable to understand those who are 'enlightened'

1.1.4. The shadows + echos What we perceive as the whole of reality Empirical knowledge

1.1.5. Outside The eternal and immutable world Contains the perfect forms

1.1.6. The Sun Enlightenment Form of the Good

1.1.7. Going out Struggle for knowledge Battle against bodily desires

1.1.8. Return to cave The attempt to explain new ideas + philosophy

1.2. Theory of the forms

1.2.1. A PRIORI Independent of experience

1.2.2. The soul drove us to the Realm of the Forms

1.2.3. Forms = entities that exist independently of our world Perfect, timeless and immutable

1.2.4. Our soul recognises reflections of the forms in this world

1.2.5. 5 main forms Good Beauty Wisdom Truth Justice

1.3. Critisisms

1.3.1. People's idea of beauty etc. is very different e.g. Tracy Emin Therefore can the forms be universal?

1.3.2. Plato doesn't account for the forms origin Can they be modelled on forms that pre-existed them If so that means that they aren't timeless and immutable

1.3.3. Many people don't seek the light, the truth and goodness Plato said that this is what the soul does

2. Aristotle

2.1. All things will change

2.1.1. Some will decay and die

2.1.2. Some will not decay and die

2.1.3. Some things will not change Underpinning everything there is something Eternal and immutable

2.2. Four causes

2.2.1. Material What its made of

2.2.2. Efficient How its made

2.2.3. Formal The expression/idea/plan

2.2.4. Final The overall aim

2.2.5. A POSTERIORI Dependant on experience

3. Evil

3.1. St Irenaeus

3.1.1. Image --> Likeness Imperfect -->Perfect We will get to know God at the end of time

3.1.2. John Hick Suffering is to make the world 'a vale of soul making'

3.1.3. Theodicy Suffering is necessary to progress our souls Safeguards Gods omnipotence, benevolence and evil in one argument

3.2. Genesis

3.2.1. Creator Gave mankind freedom = free will

3.2.2. Our purpose is to be good and seek good

3.2.3. Benevolent Omnipotent Omniscient

3.3. John Stuart Mill + Júrgen Moltman

3.3.1. Said God was not all powerful

4. Design arguement


4.2. Teleological

4.3. St Thomas Aquinus

4.3.1. Summa Theologica The world could not have happened by random chance It has to have been designed

4.4. The whole design argument is based on this idea

4.4.1. The worlds complexity, pattern, order, function and purpose suggest design God

4.5. William Paley

4.5.1. Walking in heath and see's a... Stone Blind physical forces of the universe Watch/Nature Shows the elements of complexity, pattern, order, function and purpose

4.5.2. Uses an ANALOGY

4.6. Challenges

4.6.1. David Hume Order = yes Design = no Reducto ad absurdem He takes the argument seriously and to its extreme Many designers of a watch = Many designers of the world How good is the design? It can't be very good Pascal 'The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - not the God of the Philosophers'

4.6.2. Charles Darwin Theory of Natural Selection The strongest survive to pass on their genes Can explain the diversity of life without referring to ethereal beings Kills the design argument at the very first stage

4.6.3. John Stuart Mill Poor design Not all powerful but is all good

5. Cosmological Arguement

5.1. Reliese on something else for its existance


5.2. God is a cause within a cause

5.2.1. Plato

5.2.2. The final cause Aristole

5.2.3. Timeless Omniscient Omnipotent Omnipotent Unchangable + immuutable Perfect

5.3. Everything can 'be' or 'not be'

5.3.1. So, given infinate time, everything will 'not be' AT SOME POINT If there was once nothing, then nothing can come from it Something has to exist - Angels(beings with infinate life) Everything has to be caused and uncaused

5.4. Challenges

5.4.1. There is a jump from something that created the universe to God

5.4.2. William of Ockham Things can cause something and then not conserve it Is there a link between cause + effect? Is God the most perfect being ATM or the most perfect being ever?