Brandeis University, Philosophy Department
Fall 2011
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Philosophy 1A

PAPER TOPIC NUMBER THREE

Professor Andreas Teuber
Prof. Teuber


PAPER TOPIC III

How Do You Know You
Are Not a Brain in a Vat?


Drawing on the reading, your own considered opinion and good judgment, answer the question(s) on the following pages. In arguing for your position, think of the arguments that might be made against it, and respond to them. In defending your position, offer what you believe are the most principled arguments you can make.


Matrix Close-Up 2004


In thinking of objections to your argument, think of the best possible objections that someone on the other side might be able to come up with, i. e., give yourself a hard time. If you can respond to the other side at its strongest rather than at its weakest point, that can only help to strengthen your own opinion and make it that much more persuasive.

Papers should be five to six (5-6) pages in length or longer, if you prefer, and double-spaced.

Please number pages.

We would like two copies, marked COPY ONE and COPY TWO.

Papers should be stapled, not held together by
Paper CLIP, Elmer's GLUE, Dentyne GUM,
SPIT, James BOND or Origami FOLD.

The paper is due, at the beginning of class,
on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011.


"I am at Brandeis in the Fall,
taking Introduction to Philosophy."

"What are you doing?"



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