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Thursday, September 12, 2013

The A-Team: Section 16

Hey Guys! Sorry for the very late post, Maiya and I had some confusion about who was going to post today. Anyways, we didn't get a chance to talk at all in our groups on Wednesday, but Prof. Oliver's lecture about Pyrrho, Epicurus and Aristotle was quite interesting! What interested me the most was the two words that Prof. Oliver was describing -- Eudaimonia and Ataraxia. What did you guys think?


  1. Personally I think the only need for knowing what those words mean is the fact that they might be on a test. I'll probably never use them again. On another note, it seems that Aristotle was not only a philosopher but perhaps one of the first real scientists due to his empirical view of the world.

    FQ: What was Cicero's philosophical view? (Stoicism)
    DQ: Is life too short?

    Here's a clip about modern-day stoicism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgM0BI_eROQ

  2. We also learned about the peace corps last class. I am actually really considering doing that. I would love getting to travel to another country. I have already been to a few different countries, and I love experiencing new cultures.
    FQ: What was Stoics most famous view on? (mental control)
    DQ: Could practicing Stoicism make someone become, "cold, or heartless?"
    Here's a link to this quote I found practicing stoicism by Seneca, “Nothing is burdensome if taken lightly, and nothing need arouse one's irritation so long as one doesn't make it bigger than it is by getting irritated.”
    ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

  3. Jordan Cornelius1:25 PM CDT

    Learning about the peace corps was interesting on Wednesday. FQ: What is Stoicism? DQ: who are modern day stoics?
    Heres a link about stoics http://www.ehow.com/how_2189281_handle-stoic-family-member.html

    1. The fact that there is an ehow on how to deal with stoics is hilarious. Almost like it's some sort of condition under a subgroup of a delusional disorder.

  4. Of course Eudaimonia and Ataraxia are not likely to return to our vocabulary. I think they're much more badass terms for what they mean though. Philosophers have awesome vocabularies.

  5. Shelby 16-38:05 PM CDT

    Those words are way past my years of grade school spelling bees so I'll stick to google telling me what they mean. But an interesting speech about them nonetheless.

  6. Courtney 16-38:11 PM CDT

    I found his discussion interesting. Those words were not in my vocabulary before now, but now I'm going to try to use them.

  7. Austin Duke8:17 PM CDT

    (16-1) I like some of the Epicurean ideas about ataraxia, like the idea that happiness can just be about having a good time with friends.

    FQ- Why were stoics in ancient Greece called stoics? (They used to philosiphy at a porch called the Stoa.)

    DQ- Who in today's society would benefit most from adopting stoicism?

  8. One of my favorite mantras is "control the controllabes". That phrase is exactly what i got from reading about the stoics. Focus on the things that we are able to change. If we are not able to change the outcome of something, like traffic or the line at starbucks, then why waste the energy to combat it? The outcome will be the same. I dont know what will happen when i die. I do know that i will die, and it will most likely be in the next 40 or 50 years. My goal is to manage the next 40 or 50 years in the most positive way possible. If i can control my thoughts and emotions, and focus on being positive, then i think i will look back and all that other stuff wont matter.

    FQ: which early Stoic started out as a slave? (Epictetus)
    DQ: what happens when we die?

    video on Stoics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgM0BI_eROQ

  9. Ben Nguyen (16-1)11:07 PM CDT

    Who was the student to Seneca that became one of the most murderous Roman emperors in history? (Nero) So, do you think being a stoic is acceptable in today's society?

    I honestly didn't remember what Eudaimonia and Ataraxia mean. Did they both mean happiness? They just look like spelling errors to me...

    Here is a video biography on the scourge Nero...


    1. Taylore (16-2)11:45 AM CDT

      -Eudimonia: means "you live" when you flourish in life
      - Ataraxia: means "peace of mind, free from worry"

      These definitions are from my notes, taking from Dr. Oliver's lecture. I hope it helps!!

  10. Eudamonia, when I type this word my computer tells me its wrong but what he says to remember "you die" is actually "you live" I wonder if they decided on the pronunciation of this word to contradict the meaning on purpose.

  11. What word does the word "stoic" come from? (Stoa)
    Is it beneficial in today's society to not worry about anything?

    I really believe its impossible not to worry. It's hard to just pretend to accept everything life throws your way without getting upset sometimes.


  12. Andrew 16-111:30 AM CDT

    FQ: What did Ralph Waldo Emerson do in March 1832 that shocks so many of his followers? (he opened his wife, Ellen's coffin and examined her body. AP 66)

    DQ: Do you believe Americans are out of touch with the constitution and what it stands for?

    My mind is still stuck on Pyrrho, I can't believe someone would chose to live like that.