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    Compare and contrast rationalist and empiricist approaches to human nature.

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    This essay includes a lot of points about the key thinkers. Unfortunately these points lack explanation and clarity and are often a little dubious. The claims of the essay are…

    • Essay length: 1012 words
    • Submitted: 20/06/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) David Moss 01/03/2012
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    How, if at all, does the Cogito help to ground our knowledge securely?

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    This essay is to be praised for clear expression and getting to the point reasonably quickly. Most of the discussion is also reasonably well focused on the question. The discussion…

    • Essay length: 1690 words
    • Submitted: 19/06/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) David Moss 01/03/2012
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    Outline the arguments for and against life after death?

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    Aside from the fact that this essay stops abruptly just as it introduces monism, the standard is generally not bad.

    To its credit, the essay covers…

    • Essay length: 2843 words
    • Submitted: 22/12/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) David Moss 31/03/2012
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    Does Descartes manage to defeat scepticism and leave room for human error?

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    This is a good start to an essay, which cuts off abruptly before a conclusion has been reached. The writing is lucid and quickly reaches the point. Presentation of Descartes'…

    • Essay length: 1026 words
    • Submitted: 22/12/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) David Moss 01/03/2012
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    What kind of claim is, 'cogito ergo sum'?


    The essay starts in a very confused way, with the argument very heavily obscured by poor grammar and writing in general. Thoughts are included as if at random…

    • Essay length: 2583 words
    • Submitted: 22/12/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) David Moss 31/03/2012

"The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder."

?Augustine of Hippo

If you routinely annoy your friends by questioning their every view, then a university degree in philosophy or theology might be perfect for you. Whether it be Socrates or St. Augustine, you'll study the history of thought in your chosen field, and equip yourself to criticise established ideas and construct your own thoughts. If taken together, the two disciplines complement each other nicely, allowing you to use the tools of philosophy to investigate the texts and ideas of religion.

Strong writing skills are absolutely crucial to success when studying philosophy or theology. If you need any help translating your brilliant thoughts intowriting, study Marked by Teachers' collection of teacher-annotated historical and philosophical studies essays. With the techniques you learn here, you'll soon transform your writing into a fitting showcase for your ideas.

Philosophy and theology students might stay in academia, become religious leaders, or pursue careers in fields like policy, teaching, management and media.


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  • Outline the Cosmological Argument for the existence of God and assess its claims to prove that God exists.

    "The Argument attempts to proves Gods existence but in many cases jumps from one conclusion to the fact that God must be the cause of this with no evidence to lead from the conclusion to a God. It would be wrong to say that the argument does not prove the existence of God at all but the evidence it is based on is weak and not very persuasive."

  • I intend to assess two pieces of such knowledge Descartes which believes himself to prove with logic. The two ideas being the existence of God and the duality of the body and mind.

    "I think in the contexts of the meditations the ontological argument and the arguments for dualism don't work due to the Cartesian circle, as Descartes never gets past proving undoubtedly anything but; I think therefore I am. Descartes reasoning in my opinion does not prove God's existence or the duality of mind and body but more shows that it may be possible. This is largely due to the criticisms raised in this essay, such as the problem of interaction. It is maybe that we do not yet now enough about the essence of the mind to understand it completely."

  • Explain and discuss the significance of Descartes' work on Epistemology.

    "In the conclusion, Descartes made a large impact of Epistemology, as he did not rely on others teaching to assist him in his search for indubitable knowledge. He founded the 'Cogito ergo Sum' - which managed to show that he could be certain that whenever he was thinking or doubting, he was thus at the same moment existing too. Descartes also managed to prove the existence of God, through various arguments, such as the 'Trademark' and 'Ontological' argument. Other philosophers prior to him, like Aristotle and Aquinas, were also in search for certain knowledge, although, Descartes, discovered, how to find indubitable knowledge of the world, simply by his 'clear and distinct' rule, and by confirming this rule by the existence of God. Thus, forming his infamous 'Cartesian Circle.' Descartes inspired and influenced other philosophers, such as Baruch Spinoza."

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