|Reading for Philosophical Inquiry: A Brief Introduction to Philosophical Thinking ver. 0.21; An Open Source Reader|
Road to Nicholson Hollow, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, Library of Congress
Explain what John Dewey means when he points out, "The ideal of using the present simply to get ready for the future contradicts itself."
Samuel Scudder writes, "…what I had gained by this outside experience has been of greater value than years of later investigation…." What is it that Samuel Scudder thinks he learned by studying with Professor Agassiz?
If we seek an explanation for a state of affairs, how do we select the relevant facts of the situation? Does an explanatory theory need to be based on all of the facts in order to be true?
How does Samuel Scudder's experience illustrate the view that philosophy begins when "we don't know our way about?"
Discuss whether or not Tycho Brahe and Nicolaus Copernicus see the same thing at dawn.