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Monday, September 16, 2013

Philosoraptors 17-3

Hey dudes,

For the sake of time (my time) this post will be short. Today Dr. Phil discussed stoics--who believed events were beyond their control and you set your mind to deal with it, and pragmatists--who believed that everyone can make a difference (philosophers of action).
In the group we decided that our midterm thing would be over Superheroes and Philosophy.
We'll decide all the particulars on Wednesday.


  1. FQ: What was Augustine's real name?
    Aurelius Augustinus

    DQ: Why do these philosophers (Socrates, Seneca, Boethius) seem to so often find themselves in prison?

    So I sent out the Superhero book to everyone. I also managed to snag a copy of Batman and Philosophy as well as some supplementary material. If anyone is interested in that, please let me know.

    I saw this the other day and wished it had been published when we were going over Plato. Oh well. Here it is anyway.

    1. Just spent a good twenty minutes perusing those comics - some of those are absolutely hilarious.

    2. There a quite a few about philosophers and science. Here are a few examples:

      Other topics are covered as well, but he seems to come back to Philosophy pretty often.

    3. and this.

      and more. i'll stop now.

  2. Kristin (16-3)6:16 PM CDT

    As for the question about philosophers in jail, that's kind of a funny but interesting question. My first guess would be that since they tend to question things and think differently from the norm, they're also more likely to act differently from the norm too. Jail is just one of the many institutions designed to keep people following the norms, so maybe they're more naturally inclined to end up in jail?

  3. So today's Little History reading was probably my favorite that we've read thus far - so much so that I kind of read ahead a little bit. However, every week I seem to hate AtP a little more.

    FQ: When was the only time that Dewey's "The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy" say that recovery could take place?
    - "When it ceases to be a device for dealing with the problems of philosophers and becomes a method, cultivated by philosophers, for dealing with the problems of man."

    DQ: Do you prefer the reflective type of philosophy present in Socrates, Plato, Epicurus, etc., or the hands-on, social application that Dewey presents?

    And this doesn't relate to anything specific, but I feel that everyone could always use more Calvin and Hobbes in their lives


  4. DQ (LH): How could we choose to do anything if God already knows what we'll choose?

    I absolutely love this question because it entertains the idea of forcing religion and philosophy to cross paths. Now that I can talk about.

    FQ (LH): What was Boethius' location when he wrote "The Consolation of Philosophy"? He was in prison (awaiting execution)

    I agree with Kristin from 16.3, they reason for their being jailed most likely comes from their inclination to thin differently, more broadly, and to question what others dare not to. It's a great question and a valid observation.

    Here are some quotes from his book that he wrote in jail. I thought some of them were interesting. http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/835371-de-consolatione-philosophiae

  5. FQ (LH): What is theodicy?
    Answer: Theodicy is the attempt to explain and defend how a good God could allow suffering.

    DQ (LH): Do you believe in predestination, the belief that God exists out of time, or neither? Why?

    I've been looking over Superheroes and Philosophy and I think we should tackle Parts One and Three. There are nine total chapters in these two parts, so each one of us could present the material from one of the chapters in our presentation.

    Going back to Stoicism, I was disappointed that the Little History did not discuss the metaphysics and virtues of the Stoic philosophy. Here's a link to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy that discusses some of these aspects: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/stoicism/

    I have also written a paper on the subject is anyone is interested in reading it.

    The following is a link to the section of my Priest's blog called "Stump the Rector." I asked him the question about Jesus that we had in our discussion groups, and this is his answer: http://frkasch.com/2013/09/13/stump-the-rector-the-dual-nature-of-christ/

  6. I look forward to the info and enlightenment we will get from your super hero mid term!!!