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PHL 215 Metaphysics and Epistemology Paper

Epistemology and Metaphysics Schools Paper Write a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper that includes the following information: Explain the historical development for each of the following schools of thought: o Skepticism o Rationalism o Empiricism o Realism o Idealism o Materialism o Determinism o Existentialism Day 7 WK 3 10 o Dualism o Functionalism o Structuralism Explain who the main contributors were for each school of thought and the evolution of how each grew out of the original field of epistemology or metaphysics. Provide at least two examples of real-life applications for one of the fields of philosophy listed above. Include a minimum of four sources outside the course text. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Metaphysics and Epistemology Paper

Within the world, there have been many changes that have changed how we are constantly retaining knowledge.

Through those changes, the concept of metaphysics and epistemology was revealed. This paper will first include definitions on metaphysics and epistemology, and then rephrase the definitions in my own words. Identifying one pre Socratic philosopher with a description on his contributions to the nature of knowledge will be explained next. It will also include a brief description of Plato/Socrates and their contentions regarding metaphysics and epistemology, and a brief examination of Aristotle's position on both metaphysics and epistemology. Lastly, a short examination of John Locke's position on the nature of reality and what can be known.

Metaphysics- is defined as "a division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and being and that includes ontology, cosmology, and often epistemology" (Merriam-Webster, 2013, para 1). Metaphysics-is defined as using the giving fundamental things in life and learning how the nature of reality is...