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Asc 501: Philosophy Of Social Science Question Paper

Exam Name: Asc 501: Philosophy Of Social Science 

Course: Master Of Arts

Category: Kenyatta University question papers

Exam Year:2010

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS 2010/2011
FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS
ASC 501: PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DATE: FRIDAY, 26TH NOVEMBER 2010 TIME: 2.00 P.M. - 5.00 P.M.

INSTRUCTIONS: ANSWER QUESTION ONE AND ANY OTHER THREE.

1.
a)
Show with examples that philosophy can be applied to deal with social issues


affecting our society.





(10 marks)

b)
Critically discuss classical realists explanation of


i)
Power, state and authority




(12 marks)


ii)
Man and society





(10 marks)

c)
Discuss the idea of justice from positivists philosophers.

(8 marks)

2.
a)
According to Plato there are four principles or causes that are necessary


to explain a thing. Discuss three of these principles.

(15 marks)

b)
Philosophy begins with Socrates elaborate why this is so.
(5 marks)

3.
a)
Discuss Descartes contribution in philosophy.


(10 marks)

b)
Show with examples that Mandela and Nyerere had some philosophy


in their ideas of leadership.




(10 marks)

4.
a)
Discuss the work of one Asia philosopher and show in your discussion


that his/her work is relevant in to-day?s life.


(10 marks)

b)
Who was Simone De Beavoir?


How much has her work influenced women to take philosophy as a


subject/profession?





(10 marks)


5.
With suitable examples write short notes on the following:
i)
Determinism






(10 marks)
ii)
Existentialism according to Sartre



(10 marks)

6.
a)
According to Henry Odera Oruka African Philosophy is distinguished


by four cells: What are these cells and what do they stand for.
(12 marks)

b)
Explain Karl Marx?s or Max Weber?s contribution in philosophy. (8 marks)


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