PHL 156, Monday 9-14: Summary

We began with one of your questions about how whether or not the Chapter's presentation of Indian schools was contradictory. This was answered by showing how the orthodox and unorthodox schools differed, and by a discussion of the variabilities within the Vedic tradition itself. We also discussed how working with a similar framework of concepts unites the orthodox and the unorthodox into what we can call teh Indian philosophical tradition.

A follow up to that discussion was a question about how philosophers arrive at beliefs. This was explained and put into context with the standard theory of how natural philosophy evolved out of mytho-poetic explanations of natural phenomena.

Thought for the day:

Philosophy is less about the discovery of truth than it is about the removal of error.

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