Philosophical Terms Vocabulary Practice (page 4)

Updated on Sep 8, 2011

Choosing the Right Word

  1. hedonism. Hedonism can mean a pleasure-seeking lifestyle. Utopia means an imaginary perfect place.
  2. erudite. Erudite means scholarly and knowledgeable. Tautology is the needless repetition of similar meaning words or phrases.
  3. altruism. Altruism is the unselfish concern for the welfare of others, and is exemplified by volunteer work in a nursing home. Pragmatism is the attitude or belief that the practical, realistic, and useful are most important.
  4. tenet. A tenet is a belief or principle of a person, religion, or school of thought. Antithesis is the exact opposite of something.
  5. paradox. A paradox is a mystery, or something that is unclear or not fully understood because of some contradiction. A paradigm is a pattern, example, or model.
  6. banal. Banal means worn out by overuse, or trite. Semantic means concerning the slightly different meanings of similar words.
  7. syllogism. A syllogism is a specific form of logical reasoning that begins with two premises and derives a conclusion from them. An abstraction is something that does not exist in the physical world, but is rather a concept or theoretical idea.
  8. dogma. Dogma is the official set of beliefs and teachings of a religion, political party, or philosophy. Dichotomy means the division of a subject into two opposite classes or aspects for analysis or discussion.
  9. logic. Logic is the science of correct reasoning used to discover truths. A paradox is a puzzling statement that is difficult to fully understand because it contains a contradiction.
  10. utopia. Utopia means a place of ideal perfection. Empiric means someone who lacks the necessary and proper training and experience to practice a profession.

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