Intelligent design

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  1. According to Charles Darwin in Descent of Man, how many races of humanity are there, and why?
  2. What is St. Anselm’s argument for the existence of God, and how might one challenge it?
  3. Explain the “optimism” to which Voltaire refers in the subtitle of Candide, and describe Voltaire’s assessment of it.
  4. What is the challenge posed by Glaucon and Adeimantus in Republic II, and how does Socrates propose to address it?
  5. Explain the myth of Gyges as it occurs in Republic II, and its significance in the context of the dialogue.
  6. What is Cartesian skepticism, and how might we refute it?
  7. Explain foundationalism.

Requirements: 6 pages

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When seeking to challenge the argument advanced by St. Anselm supporting God’s existence, one should rely on the school of thought advanced by various criticisms and objections to the argument. One of these objections was put forward by St. Anselm’s contemporaries, Gaunilo of Marmoutiers (Teske 222). When making his criticism, Gaunilo invited his audience to imagine an island that is more excellent than any island they know about. Furthermore, Gaunilo argued that as per St. Anselm’s evidence, the island he requested people to imagine should exist, considering as an island in existence, it would inadvertently be more excellent (Teske 222). This critique does not necessarily showcase a flaw in the argument but instead tries to demonstrate that if indeed St. Anselm’s argument was sound, then it means that numerous other arguments of a similar nature will also be perceived as being sound, a phenomenon that is unacceptable. Gaunilo further objected to St.

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