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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Section 17, Group 2

Today in class we had a large portion of our group missing. Due to this our discussion was not as in-depth as it would usually be. Nevertheless, the show went on and we began the discussion by voicing our opinions on Aristotle's definition of happiness. Most of the group discerned that our view of happiness is defined by the little moments of pleasure or satisfaction. However, Dr. Oliver countered with the notion of happiness being defined not within oneself, but by an outside perspective of how much good you do in the world. This would end our short, but insightful, discussion for the day.


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  2. What was the main teaching of Scepticism? (Don't commit, and you won't be disappointed).

    Are your personal opinions really your own or was it influenced by someone or something else?

    I believe Pyrrho was in the right mindset to question everything because you really can't believe everything you hear.

    I thought this was an interesting video involving scepticism.


  3. Dr. Oliver's counter argument goes into depth on Aristotle's view of happiness. I was a bit confused. One book said that he believed a child could not experience true happiness. I argue the opposite. Children know no evil. My link for my group's summary was a compilation of children laughing. But as I sort of agree with Pyrrho's sceptic view, do we really know anything? We don't really know what true happiness is.

  4. (DQ) How would you consider yourself truly happy?

    (FQ) When did Aristotle come up with his idea of happiness? between 384-322 BC.

    I believe that true happiness can come when someone has the perfect balance of faith, positive relationships in friendships, and generally positive outlook on life.

    This is a good discussion on Aristotle's concept of happiness.

    1. I would not consider myself truly happy. Because I have not lived my life yet.

  5. FQ: What was the main teaching of scepticism? (don't commit, and you won't be disappointed)

    DQ: Do you think everything can be questioned or doubted?

    Link: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/skepticism/#Pyr

    1. I believe everything can be questioned, but it would depend on what the topic is and how it is taken.

  6. FQ: Where did Epicurus spend most of his life? (Athens)

    DQ: Should philosophy be practical?

    Link: http://classics.mit.edu/Carus/nature_things.html

  7. How did Pyrrho live life? He didn't trust his senses.

    Do you believe that our senses are false?


  8. FQ: When did Pyrrho actually live? (365BC-270BC)

    DQ: What are your thoughts on skepticism?

    Link: http://philosophyforlife.org/philosophies-for-life/sceptics/

  9. Why was Epicurus not popular in Athens? He became something of a cult leader.
    (DQ) Can skepticism be a way of life?


  10. Crystal Houston 172:38 PM CDT

    Agreeing with professor Oliver, I believe that happiness is not merely an emotion but a reflection of one's pattern or habit of living. FQ: WHat is Pyrrho's approach to life? Answer: Pyrrho approach to life is that we cannot trust the senses because they can be misleading. DQ: Do you agree with Pyrrho's approach to life? why/ Why not? http://youtu.be/DqHUmMBGZlU