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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Section 16, Group 3


We did not get a chance to get in our groups to have group discussions today; however, Mr. Oliver took the time to elaborate on his blog post "Are we experienced?" America the Philosophical by Carlin Romano.

If you were not in class today, the blog post can be found at the top of the website.

What are your thoughts on what he discussed?

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  1. Anonymous9:11 PM CDT

    Abigail Jones (16,3)

    Factual question: According to "Little History of Philosophy," who was the most extreme sceptic of all time? (Pyrrho)

    Discussion question: Page 15 of LH says sceptics would challenge if you are actually reading this post or just dreaming or hallucinating. So, are you really reading this or just imagining it? How can you be so sure?

    You can find my group comment on last week on 16,3 post and you can find my comment on 16,1 post for this week.


  2. Kristin Barton (16, 3)12:02 PM CDT

    Factual question: In America the Philosophical, it says Johnson Smith was discouraged from writing a dissertation in what field? (African philosophy)

    Discussion question: Why do you think that there's been such a skew in western philosophy towards educated white males? Do you think current philosophical views would be very different if we had a history of more influential female/non-white philosophers?


  3. Kristin Barton (16, 3)12:25 PM CDT

    As for my comment about last discussion, I thought it was an interesting question about whether or not Americans are generally skeptical of authority or not. I personally think that believing what you're raised to is a very natural part of human nature, and will happen in any society. America is, however, very much founded on the rejection of authority (the monarchy) and the belief that everyone should be able to think and choose for themselves (democracy). I believe this does make us more generally inclined to be skeptical.

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  5. Hailey Lawson (16,3)

    Factual Question: What does "Eros" mean? (Erotic love)

    Philosophical Question: Socrates said that "The unexamined life is not worth living," that if one doesn't question and make sure that his logic is reasonable and fits, his life does not "count." How does that combat/correlate with the phrase "Ignorance is bliss?" Is ignorance truly bliss? And if one chooses to live by that mantra, does his life "count?"

    Here's a really interesting link focusing on the same philosophical question, but delving a little bit deeper: http://www.personal.psu.edu/cpl2/blogs/digitaldialogue/2009/09/ignorance-isnt-bliss.htm

  6. Michael (16,3)5:44 PM CDT

    FQ:Which famous Greek Philosopher was not content to study and learn from afar, but instead ventured out into the world to experience everything he was learning about? (Aristotle)

    DQ: Aristotle believed that children couldn't know true happiness because he argued that true happiness requires a long life full of experiences. Do you agree, or can you experience true happiness before old age?

    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdNbocU6wKc
    This is an interesting interview with author Alan Moore about the philosophy of Art and Writing.

    1. Anonymous1:54 AM CDT

      Courtney Bailey 16-3
      Michael, Aristotle has a valid point when he says happiness requires a long life full of experiences. Personally, I think people can be "happy" at a very young age, but one can realize they are happier later in life. They have experienced life and understand real hurt, pain, and suffering; moreover, through all of that, they have experienced joy, love, happiness.

  7. Anonymous6:27 PM CDT

    Anthony Helton 16-3
    Factual Question: Christopher Phillips transformed his student love of conversation about Socrates into a career by conducting what type of gatherings? (Symposium gatherings around the country that he called "Socrates Cafe's)
    Discussion Question: How does Christopher Phillips simply which over his style of philosophy to accommodate the people he entertained? How was it successful?
    This link tells about how Christopher Phillips did what he did.

  8. Anonymous1:46 AM CDT

    Courtney Bailey 16-3
    Factual Question:
    What does the term êthika mean? –The study of character
    Discussion Question:
    In Philosophy Bites Back, Terence Irwin asks, “what’s education for and what should it include?” He questions if it should be about functioning in the economy or learning to live a good life. What are your ideas and opinions about this question?