Sunday, October 05, 2014

An evening picture of the Central London Group Grill and Philosophy Themes week 2

Central London Group Grill  Bar at twilight

Nightmare on Central Grill -Perhaps 'Most haunted' could take a visit here?

The Central London Group Grill  bar posting from May has had a number of visits of late but no extra comments - be great to know what the story is - here's a picture from an evening last week where it looks eerie (perhaps).

 

Philosophy Themes  week 2 


Blimey, when I think I've got a concept or it's easy I realise that I haven't got it and it's not easy - the engagement with the subject though is fun.
The words are important

This week  at the Key Themes CityLit Philosophy course we got a summary of some useful 'ism's,

You can see below for my own cross references from where I've looked at the topics before.


Rationalism (Idea 31) At least some knowledge derives from reason alone. And since our senses can deceive us, no knowledge derives from experience alone. Descartes might be considered a raitionalist but a reductionist one

Empiricism  (Idea 32) All knowledge derives from experience. So a belief does not count as knowledge if cannot be tested by experience.  Locke is the boy for this one

Realism ( idea 190) At least some things exist independently of our perceptions of them. Although not a philosopher Gustave Courbet is an example of a realist painter.


Idealism Nothing can exist independently of our perceptions of it. Berkley and Hegel are the boys on this one.

Solipsism Only I exist. There is no one else and nothing else.  Claude Brunet is the main man

scepticism Knowledge is impossible. - perhaps Epicurus

and I noted too that mention was made during the session of
As it says on the cover

Verificationism - is the doctrine that a proposition is only cognitively meaningful if it can be definitively and conclusively determined to be either true or false (i.e. verifiable or falsifiable).

and
Egocentric predicament which is defined (by good old Wikipedia) as ..

the problem of not being able to view reality outside of our own perceptions. All worldly knowledge takes the form of mental representations that our mind examines in different ways. 



More in  about a  week ...


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