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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Section 16, Group 2

Hey guys,
I did not see our other author's post, so I guess I'll do it (again).
We discussed our group project and we decided we were going to do our project on a philosopher.
We will decide which one tomorrow. Anyway, post away!


  1. 16-2
    Group 3 has already taken Epicurus. However, i feel like there are a lot of other philosophers coming up that would make a great debate that we planned to do for our project.
    Augustine defends God saying that even tho he is all-power, he does not create evil; it is up to human's free will and if God was to take away evil he would take away the free will.I disagree. Taking out rape, murder, and torture in no fashion takes away my free will. I can still decide what I wanted to write in the next sentence and whether I want to come to class tomorrow.
    Boethius had a more interesting case. He argues that God is omnipotent. If God is all powerful and all knowing then how could we have a free will? His answer is that God's knowledge of something to come in the future is different from predestination because God doesn't see things unfolding in time. Humans live in a 4d world which is a 3d world on a linear path of time. We have past and present, which for God is unexistant. To me, Boethius is not a Christian, but a person who knows there is a God and from what ive read doesn't think that he interacts with humans(gives us free will) but know our every move and possibility.

    FQ: What is theodicy? (an attempt to explain and defend how a good God could allow suffering)

    DQ: What is your theodicy?

    Here is a link of a cheese video about the meet of Boethius and The Philosophy

  2. Taylore (16-2)10:54 PM CDT

    In response to Augustine question, I believe the purpose of evil is to show us that the devil is real. As human beings, we typically do not believe things unless we see it for ourselves, and evil is a representation of the devil and his work.

    FQ: What was the belief of the Manichaeism religion? ( The God wasnt supremely powerful)
    DQ: What do you believe is the purpose of evil?
    There's a movie on Augustines life, if interested here the link to the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAWJFbUYT_w

  3. (16-2) I think I would like almost any philosopher, but the conflict between the philosophies of Aristotle and Plato would seem to be a essay-worthy topic.

    FQ: Where was Augustine born? (Tagaste, in present-day Algeria)
    DQ: Augustine argues that evil is committed by humans; God gives us free will, and we are responsible for evil. Agree? Disagree?

  4. I enjoyed Boethius' perspective on God. Boethius did not seem like a christian (although he claimed to be one), but still acknowledged the possibility of there being a God.
    FQ: How did Boethius' luck change? (He was accused of plotting against Theodoric)
    DQ: Do you believe that everything is predetermined or that we have free will?
    Here is a clip from the movie "24 Hour Party People"

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  6. I'd like to know which philosopher you will do your group project on. How will you make it exciting? One of the groups in my class is doing a skit to make it comedic.