There are various theories that have been derived in an attempt to explain the behaviors of people. All these theories have an explanation behind the behaviors of people as well as the different reasons as to why the people behave the way they do. Below is a discussion of some of the theories that come into play.
There is the platonic argument (Matus Para. 6). This theory has it that the people define reality from what they have observed. This is seen in the allegory of caves. The people in the caves had known only the shapes they saw on the walls, not the real things. This implies that they were hidden from reality but knew the world only from the exposure they has on the world.
Markie (Para.1) observes that there is also the rationalism theory. This rationalism has it that the people are reliant on their experience and what works best for them. By through their experiences, the people tend to have their ideas and concerns on certain issues. Realism has it that people only believe in what they can actually experience; the experiences have more effect than what is not experienced.
The empires theory, on the other hand, has it that the empiricists believe that life’s issues and behaviors are based on the scientific concepts and knowledge. As such, they believe in the experimental aspects. These aspects make the people believe more of what they practically see happening.
Skepticism, on the other hand is seen as the conflict that arises between the rationalists and realists as well as the empiricists (Markie Para. 3). The argument has it that the skeptic individuals tend to look at things from a critical angle. They seek to identify the reason as to why they should do something as opposed to another. They look for the reasons to do one thing and avoid the other.
McCormick (Para 4) also looks at the transcendent skepticism as observed by Emmanuel Kant. This theory argues that the people tend to be critical in terms of the philosophy or the reason they have. It is based on the developments with time where people get to know more and they tend to argue even more before making a decision. The more informed an individual is, the more skeptical he becomes.
In comparison, realist or rationalism theory can be said to be the most rational or acceptable. It talks about the experiences that the people have; this is also very closely related to the skeptical transcendence. This happens in such a case that the people get more informed and they tend to relate their experiences to the experiences they have. This makes the theory more acceptable and effective.
The Platonic theory, on the other hand, is less effective. Although it argues on the experiences of the people, it is not a very practical theory. There is no way that the people can relate to it in the current world as it tends to be less acceptable.
In conclusion, the essay above has looked at the different theories available. It has looked at the strengths and weaknesses of the theories, and then looked at the one most acceptable in the modern world. The rationalist and the transcendental skepticism seem to be the most applicable theories in the modern world.
Markie, Peter. “Rationalism vs. Empiricism.” Stanford University, 2012. Web. 11th Nov 2012, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rationalism-empiricism/
Matus. “What is Platonic Idealism and Why it Matters.” Philosophy, Science, Politics, Art, History, 2012. Web. 11th Nov. 2012, http://matus1976.blogsome.com/2011/03/22/what-is-platonic-idealism-and-why-it-matters/
McCormick, Matt. “Emanuel Kant: Metaphysics.” California State University, 2001. Web. 14th Nov. 2012, http://www.iep.utm.edu/kantmeta/#SH1a