Mar 31, 2010

Lets talk about beliefs and rationality

Hi everyone,
Its been a long break and I have been quite busy and am sure so were you all. But now its time to brush up our skills of reading-for-understanding, chunking & analysing, brainstorming & finally writing with coherenece and clarity for proving a point. So much to do and so little time ...
So here's the assignment. Read lectures 6 & 7 from the MIT open courseware course on Problems in Philosophy at You may read the previous stuff as well if you like. Hence answer the following by about 3rd of April. Please answer precisely to the question and dont give a lump-sum answer.
  1. How is pragmatism different from evidentialism in the context of beliefs? Which side are you on?
  2. Is explicit ideology inevitably "distorted"? Is there always an "imposed" ideology? Is such imposition "intentional"? Is it possible for individuals to "see through" the distortions of their group's ideology?
  3. What determines the shape and content of a group's ideology? How do we change existing ideologies?
  4. Is science ideological, or is it a route to undistorted understanding?
You may ignore the racism & morality section. You may take further information from Wikipedia or the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.
With this I wish you a very HAPPY BRAIN-BASHING VACATION...
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