Phil 102A F10: Exam 2 Study Guide

For the exam, you should know the following information:
  • Anselm's Ontological Argument
  • The major characteristics of God as articulated by Anselm
  • Gaunilo's two objections to Anselm's Ontological Argument
  • Aquinas' objection to Anselm's ontological argument.
  • Aquinas' first three Cosmological Arguments for God's Existence
  • Aquinas' teleological argument for God' Existence
  • The difference between the three arguments for God's existence studied in class.
  • The Argument from Evil against the Existence of God
  • How a theodicy responds to this argument.
  • Descartes epistemological project in the Meditations
  • The three forms of doubt he considers including the nature of the doubt, the beliefs called into question by that form of doubt, and the beliefs that survive
  • Descartes' Cogito argument
  • Cartesian Dualism
  • Descartes criteria for knowledge as articulated in Meditation III
  • The three sorts of thoughts Descartes has
  • The three sources of his ideas.
  • Descartes Ontological argument for God's existence
Lastly, you should be prepared to write an essay in which you relate the philosophers we studied this unit to The Passion of Joan of Arc.