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"The pluralistic form takes for me a stronger hold on reality than any other philosophy I know of, being essentially a social philosophy, a philosophy of 'co'"-William James
Do philosophers directly influence American politics as much as they
influence politics in other countries? (No)
Who thought America paid the least attention to
Philosophy? -Alexis De Tocqueville
Who pushed philosophy to becoming a full fledges discipline? William
what figure in history has been most associated with the question?
Who stated that "Truth issues only from deliberation conducted
under maximum conditions of openness and freedom"? Answer: Habermas
Why was Socrates executed. Answer: He was seen as a corrupting influence to the youth.
Who wrote "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land
of the Free"? (Charles Pierce)
Who said "Conclusive refutations of philosophical positions are
about as rare as sightings of the ivory-billed woodpecker"?(MIT
Philosopher Alex Byrne)
How many literary works and teachings did Socrates write? (Absolutely
nothing, Socrates himself never wrote down anything, most of what we have is
Why did philosophy become stunted after the death of Aristotle? (For
years afterwards, people thought Aristotle was right about everything so they
quit trying to think and disprove his theories even when some were incorrect.
What famous conqueror was thought to have been taught by Aristotle?
(Alexander the Great).
How did Aristotle believe one could increase their chance at eudaimonia?
-By developing the right kind of character.
Who was Aristotle's book, Nicomachean Ethics thought to have been named
after? Answer: Either his father or son.
what school did Aristotle start? (Lyceum)
Who authored the book "The Rise of American Philosophy"? Bruce
Who argued that the fear of death was a waste of time and based on bad
what school of philosophy is Pyrrho credited with founding? (skepticism)
How did Epicurus sum up his whole philosophy?(I was not; I have been; I
am not; I do not mind)
What was Cicero's philosophy called? (Stoicism)
What are the stoics most famous for according to A Little History of
Philosophy? (mental control).
According to A Little History of Philosophy, which stoic started out as
a slave? Epictetus
How did Cicero die? Answer: He was assassinated
What was the painted porch in Athens where the philosophers used to meet