Phil 102A S12: Exam 2 Study Guide

Part I: You should know the definitions of the following words for fill in the blank questions:

Theory of Forms
Noumenal Realm
Phenomenal Realm
Platonic Dualism
Cartesian Dualism
Primary Qualities
Secondary Qualities
Indirect Realism
Subjective Idealism

Part II: You should also be able to provide the following information:
  • Explain Cartesian Dualism
  • Explain Descartes' account of Thinking Things and Extended Substance
  • Explain the role of "non-being" in Taoism.
  • Explain the role of Yin and Yang in Taoism.
  • Explain the Taoist cosmology.
  • Explain Plato's Sun Analogy
  • Explain Plato's Line Analogy
  • Explain Plato's Allegory of the Cave, including the conclusions we are supposed to draw from this allegory.
  • Explain Locke's distinction between Primary and Secondary Qualities
  • Explain Locke's conception of Indirect Realism
  • Explain Berkeley's claim that "esse is percipi" as well as the "Inconceivability Argument" he gives for it.
  • Explain Berkeley's three arguments against Locke.
  • Explain the role of God in Berkeley's Subjective Idealism.
  • Explain and illustrate with an example each of the three forms of integration that are associated with the Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans.
Part III: Lastly, be prepared to write an essay in which you discuss metaphysical themes in the film eXistenZ and compare those themes to the authors we have studied.