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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Nameless 8 (17-1)

Todays group presentation by group 3 was very interesting, I thought. I enjoyed Anthony"s view of looking at things from "why a superhero can't be a hero." I found it to be so true, but of course that's just my opinion! And I totally got the "who's watching the watchmen?" perspective! How true indeed, WHO"S WATCHING the ones that are watching us??? I'd like to know that as well. Of all the "superheroes" that were discussed, my favorite has always been Rorschach. So, with his words, I leave you with..."Never compromise...evil must be punished." (whatever "evil" is) Everyone have a good weekend


  1. Olivia (The Highlanders)11:41 AM CDT

    This sounds very interesting! I would have loved to have seen how this group brought philosophy to superheroes!

  2. I loved their presentation! The first explanation was very interesting, learning about how Batman, though considered a superhero, actually does very bad things and at one point becomes very power hungry and reactionary. The whole presentation described an entirely different perspective of superheroes. It begs certain questions such as whether or not someone can truly be considered a hero if they're doing a task that is considered easy and safe for them (due to supernatural powers).
    My factual question is derived from the Little History of Philosophy (go figure that one). I'd like to ask... "Descartes believed that God could be proven with ________, while Pascal believed that the belief in God was a matter of the ________ and _______." The chapters I've recently read in Little History of Philosophy are very interesting, in that they attempt to posit the existence of God. The chapters describe Descartes and Pascal, as well as their thought processes to prove the existence of God. I didn't like Pascal's theory so much, as it requires you to still follow without question, regardless of whether you actually believe or not. While Christianity comprises many moral and cultural values, there are many matters and practices in the bible that would be considered barbaric and unnecessary today. You can become a Christian, pray often and live the life that Pascal believed you should live regardless of whether you were a believer or not. Pascal's idea of Christianity I'm sure is very different from other people, not to mention his idea of morality. It is wrong and cheap to convert to a religion "just in case". I personally see God as being something that is neither proven or dis-proven. There is plenty of room for doubt and there is plenty of room for faith, both of which have their importance, place and use for society. For my discussion question I'd like to talk about supernatural phenomenon. Given that it is October and we are in philosophy, it'd be interesting to hear some stories and some theories behind these stories. If you believe you've encountered a ghost or something worse, I'd like to hear about it, maybe get a hypothetical explanation as well. This should be interesting. For my link I'd like to include the trailer for Beasts of the Southern Wild. This is one of the most beautiful films I've seen recently. I recommend it.

  3. Since a superhero is not a hero, why even have the hero at the end at all? They should be called superhumans or superpeople or something like that. I guess superhero has a better ring to it!!

  4. FQ- Was there a direct compassion between superhero s and their conclusion?
    DQ- Did yall like the connection of Philosophy and Superhero s?
    Comment- I thought that the group did very well was a little long but great info
    Link- After the presentation i went to work and found out if any of them like the compassion

  5. FQ: What was Rorty's characterization of pragmatism?
    A: anti-essentialism applied to notions like truth, knowledge, and similar objects of philosophical theorizing.
    DQ: Do you think that to live a humane collecive life it requires unforced everyday communication?
    I think a superhero can be a hero because a hero is just a person doing the right thing regardless of consequences. here is a link to a youtube video of Rorty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpf-ye31sYk

  6. I'm glad you guys liked our presentation. I'll leave this for your consideration: If our superheroes are becoming darker, more power hungry, and more absolutely certain of their own twisted morality, what does that say about us and our culture? Are our superheroes a reflection of us? How have we changed since the cold war? Or since 9/11? Would you expect our superheroes to become more or less rigid and dark?