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The Philosophical Journey, 2/e
William Lawhead, The University of Mississippi

Introduction to the Philosophical Journey

Chapter Objectives

Upon completion of this chapter you should be able to:

1. explain several approaches to what philosophy is all about

2. identify various areas of thought traditionally investigated by philosophers

3. discuss how philosophy is a journey

4. relate the story of Socrates' life and death

5. explain the Socratic method

6. discuss three central theses about living well held by Socrates

7. interpret various levels of meaning in Plato's Allegory of the Cave

8. apply six criteria for evaluating philosophical claims and theories

9. define an argument in the philosophical sense

10. recognize good deductive and inductive arguments