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Philosophy

Philosophy

Philosophical Terminology for Comprehensive Exams

The short answer section of the comprehensive exams will be based on this list of terms (which will be reviewed in Senior Seminar).

  1. aesthetics
  2. analytic philosophy
  3. a priori/a posteriori
  4. argumentum ad baculum (fallacy)
  5. argumentum ad hominem (fallacy)
  6. argumentum ad ignorantium (fallacy)
  7. argumentum ad misericordiam (fallacy)
  8. argumentum ad populum (fallacy)
  9. argumentum ad verecundiam (fallacy)
  10. axiology
  11. conceptualism/realism/nominalism
  12. connotation/denotation
  13. cosmological argument for God
  14. deductive argument
  15. deontological ethics
  16. determinism/free will debate
  17. dualism (metaphysical)
  18. egoism/altruism/hedonism (in ethics)
  19. emotivism (in ethics)
  20. empiricism/rationalism
  21. epistemology
  22. existentialism
  23. extrinsic/intrinsic good
  24. fallacy of accident
  25. fallacy of ambiguity
  26. fallacy of amphiboly
  27. fallacy of begging the question
  28. fallacy of equivocation
  29. fallacy of hasty generalization
  30. fallacy of ignorantio elenchi
  31. fallacy of non causa pro causa
  32. fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc
  33. fallacy of tu quoque
  34. hypothetical syllogism
  35. historicism
  36. idealism (metaphysical)
  1. deductive argument
  2. realism/anti-realism debate
  3. linguistic philosophy (normal language philosophy)
  4. logical positivism
  5. materialism (metaphysical)
  6. metaethics
  7. metaphysics
  8. mind/body problem
  9. monism (metaphysical)
  10. moral relativism
  11. necessary condition/sufficient condition
  12. necessity/contingency/
  13. naturalistic fallacy (is/ought distinction)
  14. nihilism
  15. normative ethics
  16. Ockham’s Razor
  17. ontological argument for God
  18. ontology
  19. phenomenology
  20. pragmatism
  21. primary and secondary qualities
  22. principle of sufficient reason
  23. reductivism
  24. reification
  25. skepticism (philosophical)
  26. sound argument
  27. substance and accident
  28. syllogism
  29. tautology
  30. teleological argument for God
  31. teleological ethics
  32. theism/deism/atheism/pantheism
  33. three laws of thought: identity, noncontradiction, excluded middle
  34. truth as: coherence/correspondence/pragmatic
  35. utilitarianism
  36. valid argument

Philosophy at Eckerd

Students of philosophy at Eckerd have extensive opportunities to encounter the wealth of the great ages of philosophy, as well as to gain a working knowledge of the most recent philosophical approaches.