PHI2010 Module 3 Assignment Questions

1) Explain and evaluate the notions of Karma, samsara, and Nirvana.
2) Explain and evaluate the Hindu ideas of Brahman, atman and reality.
3) Explain the Buddha’s four noble truths. Is he correct in his view?
4) Explain and evaluate the “Eight Fold Path”. Is this a reasonable philosophy for life?
5) Explain the connection or relationship between Tao, Yin, and Yang.
6) Explain and evaluate Lao Tzu’s notion of effortless non-striving.
7) Explain and evaluate Confucius’s principle of Mean.
8) Explain and evaluate the views of Murasaki Shikibu and the role and status of women.

9) Explain and evaluate the argument of St. Anselm for God’s existence.
10) Explain and evaluate Guanilo’s objection to the ontological argument.
11) Summarize and evaluate St. Thomas Aquinas’s Five Ways.
12) Leibniz claims that this is the “best of all possible worlds”. A) Why does he say this? B) Do you agree with his assertion?
13) Explain and evaluate Friedrich Nietzsche’s claim that “God is dead!”
14) Explain and evaluate the views the views of William James regarding religious belief.
15) Explain how it is possible that your religious views are right and yet everyone else’s (expect those who believe as you) are wrong.