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Question 1: ________ said that if we had perfect or complete descriptive knowledge of reality, we could not, by reasoning, derive a single valid thought.
David HumeFriedrich NietzscheImmanuel KantGeorg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Question 2: The existence of an effect requiring the concurrent existence and action of an efficient cause implies the existence and action of that ________
AristotleImmanuel KantCausalityDeterminism

Question 3: With regard to the apparent increase of ________ or irreligion in our Western society, Adler responded:

Question 4: How do we know that the present cosmos is only a possible universe (one of many possibilities that might exist), and not a necessary ________ (the only one that can ever exist)?
TimeRedshiftUniverseBig Bang

Question 5: ________ (1963, 10 volumes), with Robert Hutchins
American literatureDavid HumeImmanuel KantGateway to the Great Books

Question 6: For example, ________ believed that man is equipped with sensitive faculties only, and has no intellect.
Immanuel KantDavid HumeFriedrich NietzscheGeorg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Question 7: Second, in order to avoid the ________, we must formulate at least one self-evident prescriptive truth, so that, with it as a premise, we can reason to the truth of other prescriptives.
Moralistic fallacyIgnoratio elenchiNaturalistic fallacyFalse dilemma

Question 8: According to Adler, of all the great ideas, the idea of ________ has always been and continues to be the one that evokes the greatest concern among the widest group of men and women.

Question 9: The existence of the cosmos as a whole is radically contingent (meaning that it needs an efficient cause of its continuing existence to preserve it in being, and prevent it from being ________, or reduced to nothing)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 11)Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 8)Weak (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Question 10: He considered himself a ________ when he wrote How to Think About God in 1980.
PaganismChristianity and PaganismPolytheismPrehistoric religion


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