In a well
written and reasoned 500 - 1000 word essay, reply to the following.
essay, Polarity, Richard Taylor says the following;
...we are suggesting
here, such sharpness and precision are sometimes bought at the
expense of truth, for reality is far too loose a mixture of
things to admit of such absolute distinctions. And sometimes,
both in our practical affairs and in our philosophy, we are
led into serious errors, which are fervently embraced just because
they seem so clearly to have been proved... The solutions to
non-problems can only be non-solutions, however; and as these
non-problems are sometimes the creations of our own thinking,
the way through them is not through more of the same kind of
thinking but rather through a revision of thought patterns themselves.
what Taylor means by "Polarization". Note: An explanation is much
more than a restatement. You must use interpretation of the text
and your own examples (with clear directions on how to understand
them – do you need a model for using examples and explanations?
Look carefully at how Taylor uses them in his essay). The task
here is to present and explain Taylor's idea(s) as if to someone
who had not heard of it before.
claims that polarization is the source of many confusions and
fabrications. Consider here whether that is the case with your
own belief system. Are there polarizations in your belief system?
If so, be sure to explain them in detail. If not, be sure to explain
how you avoid them (the philosophical framework that you chose
does have polarity in it. How do you differ from that?) Consider
other belief systems, from your own experience, as well and how
you find that polarization fits into them (if at all).
you agree with Taylor that polarization is a source of confusion,
fabrication, and error? It is, after all, possible that what Taylor
has in mind by "polarization" is actually a reasonable and useful
way to think. Determine whether you agree with Taylor's assessment
or not, and give your clearest, strongest reasoning for your conclusion.
In doing so, make sure to consider his position and how it relates