How do philosophers answer a question like ‘How do you know something exists?’?

How do we know if something exists?

Something exists if it causally interacts with something else that exists. We can know it exists if the chains of interaction lead to our senses, at which point it exists for us. It’s not actually complicated, but seeing it is very difficult for some people.

How do you know that you exist philosophy?

Philosopher René Descartes hit the nail on the head when he wrote “cogito ergo sum”. The only evidence you have that you exist as a self-aware being is your conscious experience of thinking about your existence. Beyond that you’re on your own.

How do you answer a philosophical question?

Focus on the question and think: What would have to be true for my conclusion to be true? Then show that those things are true. If the question is: “Does Jones provide a strong argument for Principle X” you must state principle ‘X’ and Jones’ argument, preferably in your own words using citations.

What kind of questions do philosophers answer?

Philosophical questions tend to concern (to paraphrase Led Zeppelin) what is and what should be (and also how we can know what is and what should be)–that is, they tend to be about metaphysics (what exists and how it exists), ethics (what we ought to do and what a good life is), and epistemology (what can we know and …

What big questions do philosophers seek to answer?

What big questions do philosophers seek to answer? What is good? What is real? How should we live?

What is a philosophical question?

The result is a definition of philosophical questions as questions whose answers are in principle open to informed, rational, and honest disagreement, ultimate but not absolute, closed under further questioning, possibly constrained by empirical and logico-mathematical resources, but requiring noetic resources to be …

What questions do philosophers ask?

Deep Philosophical Questions

  • Do guns protect people or kill people?
  • Will racism cease to exist?
  • Why is beauty associated with morality?
  • Why do we respect the dead more than the living?
  • Does God have supreme power?
  • Will the world be a better place if caste and religion cease to exist?
  • What is the meaning of true love?

Do philosophical questions have answers?

There are no final answers that can be given to philosophical questions because they can always be opposed by contrasting views. Because philosophical questions are contestable and problematic, they require complex thinking to answer.