Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BACCALAUREATE IN PHILOSOPHY, 2013-2014 (EXAMINATION PAPER)

THE NATIONAL SEMINARY OF OUR LADY OF LANKA 
(Affiliated to: The Pontifical Urban University, Rome) 
AMPITIYA, KANDY, SRI LANKA. 

Baccalaureate in Philosophy, 2013-2014 
June 30, 2014 

five,hours 

ANSWER ONE QUESTION ONLY. 


1. METAPHYSICS 

"The most essential aspect of the nature of a cause is its positive influence on the being of the effect and the effect's correlative dependence on it. This is what distinguishes a cause from the other similar realities (like a principle, a condition, or an occasion) which do not always have a positive influence on the effect." Discuss this statement and show the meaning and the function of each of the four causes.


2. EPISTEMOLOGY 

"Truth is manifold: ontological truth, logical truth and moral truth. Aristotle linked truth with knowledge. Truth is a quality of our judgment, and judgments that correspond to facts are true. Thomistic epistemology adopts this notion of truth that was defined as Adequatio rei et intellectus. Discuss the above statement critically evaluating the Correspondence Theory of Truth of St. Thomas Aquinas in relation to Coherence Theory of Truth. 


3.PHllOSOPHICAl ANTHROPOLOGY 

The global concept of Human Person can be stated as,  A subsistent gifted with self-consciousness, communication and self-transcendence'. The understating that in spite of the racial, social, religious and cultural difference all human beings are endowed with these characteristics leads us to a deeper awareness of the dignity of Human Person. Substantiate this position elaborating more on the Ontological Concept of Human Person.