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Personal Philosophy Discussion

I need help with the following project.

Create a PowerPoint® presentation answering one of the following questions: Is a person more than a physical body? What is the mind? What is thought?

As well, address 3-4 principle issues related to your chosen topic.

I. Physical Body
A. Spiritual being
B. Distinct Personality
C. Power to change the lives of others.
II. Mind
A. Vehicle that leaves its present
B. Travels through though process
C. Arrives at its destination based on thought process
III. Thought
A. Vehicle control
B. Personality and destination

Make sure that you help me with the following requirements in your presentation:

Cover a topic mentioned above, as well as 3-4 principle issues within your topic.
Develop your personal philosophy concerning the topic you choose.
Cite at least three philosophers mentioned in Philosophy: The Power of Ideas according to APA style guidelines.
Include speaker's notes that add to the presentation and, therefore, are not a replica of the PowerPoint slides.
Using text and graphics, create slides to illustrate your philosophy. The presentation should include the following:

1 slide introduction that presents your topic
3-4 slides that describe 3-4 principle issues within your topic
3-4 slides that present your views concerning the 3-4 principle issues
3-4 slides that present historical philosophers' views as support to your theory
1 slide conclusion

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Dear Student,
I have created a powerpoint guide for you according to the posting above. I chose to discuss the debate about the mind & the body and incorporated the necessary discussions on it from a personal point of view, something this problem is asking you to do...that in the end you will have to present your own 'personal philosophy' on it validated by your presentation.
The powerpoint guide is textal in nature. I shall include some images but it is up to you to decide what more you can do in terms of media & graphics to make it more relevant to your topic. Good Luck!

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Slide 1
Ancient Thought
History judges the Greeks as the beginning of civilization - the flourishing of what we now label as scientific inquiries, their predisposition to observe & to question rather than accept things as they are. Socrates' predecessors asked -
How did the world come about?
How is it that I am able to think & make sense of what is before me?
What makes up life, the Cosmos that we know?
Is it possible to describe nature by numbers?
Are the Gods a reality or a creation of the imagination?

Slide 2
Movement of Thought
From Socrates, Plato, & the various other philosophers of the ancient world (including that of the East, i.e. Confucius), philosophy has evolved in terms of the science behind the inquiries - we now see Philosophy as that discipline concerned with ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and logic. Each concerns complex in their form & content & as relevant as ever in the science of knowing. Moore & Bruder in their book, Philosophy: the Power of Ideas, charted the development of ideas from the time of the ancients, through enlightenment, postmodernism movements & the structuralists/pragmatic present. Arguments abound within the development, questioning processes of thoughts & situations of ideas influenced by history & the whole human experience. The rich intertextuality of Man's quest for knowledge has seen philosophical inquiry influence every other discipline from the natural, technological & social sciences to the arts. As such, the discipline has seeped into the manner in which we seek to know not just how the world is but how we come to be - who we are, why we think that way. Philosophy has become that mirror in which we inquire about obvious inquiries about our particular individualities, these questions however are never simplistic nor are the answers. Metanarratives are answers we avoid to create now - we now know better; it is dangerous to try & explain everything from a limited point of view. It is in fact impossible.

Slide 3
Personal Philosophies
It is however acceptable and even expected for individuals to reach a consensus of thought, of concepts & ideas about his or her own set of ethics, metaphysics, logic, and reason in which to approach his world & reality. Epistemologists asks as to question how we know what we know while ethics asks as to moralize our views - how should we act about things - what is right, what isn't? For me however, before I can go into details of answering such inquiries, I wish to understand a rather metaphysical issue regarding personal identity - what separates the mind from the body? How do I continue? Am I the same person I was yesterday or am I more than what I was. When I go to sleep & close my eyes and I shut down...when I wake up how do I come to 'myself'? True, the natural sciences are making advances in exploring neurology, mathematicians & scientists are now mapping up the neurological cosmos. A reflexive inquiry though from a personal point of view ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a extensive guide in creating a 12-slide powerpoint solution that looks at philosophy & its adaptation into one's personal beliefs. It uses the concepts & philosophies from the book by Moore & Bruder, 'The Power of Ideas' & discusses each philosophy concisely relating them to periods of civilization from which they sprang , from Socrates to Descartes to Freud. The question of the physical, the spiritual, the mind,thought & reality are addressed. As a powerpoint presentation guide, suggested text & presentation are layed out for each slide. A folder of images are provided as well for use in the presentation. Using the APA guidelines, a reference/bibliographic slide guide is also provided. A word version of the solution is also attached.