Phil 107 F10: Study Guide for Exam 2

The Second Midterm will cover Descartes, Hume, Hobbes, Darwin, Sartre and Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai.

In addition to knowing how each author answers the four questions, you should also be familiar with the following ideas and concepts:

Descartes three forms of doubt and what beliefs each form of doubt calls into question and what sorts of beliefs each form of doubt leaves untouched.
Descartes' Cogito argument.
Cartesian Dualism.
Descartes' Two Arguments against Artificial Intelligence
Hume's conception of Empiricism.
The differences between Impressions and Ideas.
Hume's conception of personal identity.
Hobbes' conception of Mechanism and Materialism.
Hobbes' account of the state of nature and the social contract.
Hobbes' account of the sources of human conflict.
The five components of Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
Darwin's conception of human nature.
Sartre's conception of existentialism.
Sartre's definitions of Anguish, Abandonment, and Despair.
A sense of the significance and purpose of the epigrams in Ghost Dog.
Be able to discuss the meaning and significance of some of the dramatic pairs in Ghost Dog.

For the Essay you should think about elements of existentialism in the film Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai.