Brandeis University, Philosophy Department
Fall 2008
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Philosophy 1A

Introduction to Philosophy

Professor Andreas Teuber
Prof. Teuber



Extra Credit


If you wish to receive "extra credit" you must answer the following questions. What are the main arguments raised in the essay by William James on "The Will to Believe", delivered to the Yale and Brown Philosophy Clubs and included in the reading, in "Reason and Responsibility" on pages 106 to 114. What are the main arguments raised in the essay by William James on "The Will to Believe", delivered to the Yale and Brown Philosophy Clubs and in a PDF File HERE and included in the reading, in "Reason and Responsibility" on pages 106 to 114?

What are the main arguments raised in "The Ethics of Belief" in a PDF File HERE by William K. Clifford and in the reading, in "Reason and Responsibility" on pages 101 to 105?

And what are the main arguments raised by Kelly James Clark in "Without Evidence or Argument" in a PDF File HERE and included in the reading, in "Reason and Responsibility" on pages 114 to 119?

Drawing on the arguments presented in"The Ethics of Belief", "The Will to Believe" and in "Without Evidence or Argument", what, in your considered opinion, are the strongest possible objections to the main arguments offered, put forward, in each, for or against believing in God simply or merely as a matter of faith and how, drawing on the arguments that each makes, how do you think each might best respond?

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