An argument is when someone supports a belief by giving a reason for accepting the belief. The conclusion of an argument is the view or opinion the person is making. Why the conclusion was accepted is part of the premises. If the premises cannot support the conclusion, Logic is used (Moore, 2005). Philosophers use several methods of analysis. Conceptual analysis is used by most philosophers. Breaking down each concept to be analyzed and organized.
Scientist, on the other hand, would probably use the scientific method to answer the tree falling in the woods question. Ask questions, do ground research, conduct a hypothesis, test hypothesis, analyze data and draw a conclusion, report results (Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation, 2002-2010), cut and dry.
Philosophers may not arrive at the draw a conclusion step because of the first step, ask questions. I believe the conceptual analysis is superior to the scientific method because using the conceptual analysis method permits a more detailed view of th subject matter.
Philosophy is avenues of unending questions and thoughts of what we seek to define who we are, where we can from, how did we get here, are we alone. As long as we question our existence and ponder the universe philosophy is here to stay.
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Moore, B. N., & Bruder, K. (2005), Philosophy. The power of ideas (6th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill View More »