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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Highlanders

We talked about the concept George Berkeley stated about ideas. We agreed for in order for that to work we have to make sure we 100 percent believe that we are the only beings otherwise we'd be the consequence of someone else's thought. So it is almost stupid to make up thoughts about thoughts that don't explain human thought. We came to the conclusion that we are indeed social creatures and we need social interactions to function properly. Living a solitary
life such as Nietzsche is quite unhealthy,and eventually lost his mind,Dr. Phil noted. We then touched on the subject of memory, and how everyone remembers things differently. Memories change and just because some memories are forgotten they still exist.
We ended with the question "Is treating multiple personality disorder considered murder?"


  1. Hey, so I tried posting this yesterday, and apparently it didn't take. So I'm posting it here again, and if anyone with author's privileges wants to re-post it, please do.

    10 Questions:

    Which philosopher believed that anything that ceases being observed ceases to exist? (Answer: George Berkely)

    Voltaire's famous book was? (Answer: Candide)

    Which philosopher believed that God is the world? (Answer: Baruch Spinoza)

    What philosopher invented the literary form known as the essay? (Answer: Michel De Montaigne)

    What philosopher questioned if everything you know is reality or just a dream? (Answer: Descartes)

    Which "Modern" American Philosopher revived pragmatism in American philosophy? (Answer: Rorty)

    Who wrote 'Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974)', and taught philosophy at Harvard University? (Answer: Nozick)

    Which philosopher was occasionally cited as the father of "the institutional theory of art?" (Answer: Danto)

    George Berkley was seen as a idealist and an _____because he denied that physical things exist. (Answer: immaterialist)

    Which philosopher is famous for his "wager" approach to religion and faith? (Answer: Pascal)

  2. And now for my ACTUAL post... xD

    Factual Question: Which philosopher believed that humans are innately good, and that within a state of nature, they can coexist peacefully? (Answer: Rousseau)

    Discussion Question: Do you agree with Rousseau? That human beings are innately good, and that it's our social constraints that create the evil in the world that we perpetrate against one another?

    I really liked our discussion in class about Berkely. I think we all sort of agreed that his idea was kind of preposterous, but it was definitely fun to discuss things and try to imagine the kind of thinking that would have to go into a philosophy like that. To believe that you are truly the only sentient being in the universe.

    Link: This is one of my favorite writings from Rousseau. The Social Contract.

  3. Factual Question: The argument that the world is to perfect to exist without some creator is known as the: Design Argument.

    Discussion Question: What do you think about the Design Argument? I think that there is a lot of support to it. The world works out pretty nicely in nature for everything. Also, in the text the examples that Hume gave were not the most well supported.

    As for my own group, I think that we can all tell that humans are social creatures. Thats why from the earliest points in recorded history humans grouped together to form tribes or what have you. Living a pretty lonely lifestyle is not the most healthy way to live.

    Here is a short, but very interesting link on the Argument from Design: http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics/design.htm

  4. Olivia (The Highlanders)9:45 AM CDT

    Factual question: Who believed that civilization seemed to be corrupting people? A: Rousseau

    Discussion question: Do you think the design argument for God is valid or even logical? If not, do you lean more toward's Hume's view?

    Comment: I really enjoyed breaking down Berkely's thoughts! I love how we have so many different views that come together during discussion. I was especially interested in how he would have thought he was talking to people that were in his imagination. I surely couldn't do that! Excited for today's discussion!

    Here are some quotes from Rousseau on The Social Contract


  5. Factual Question: What great economist was also a philosopher who wrote both the Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations? A: Adam Smith

    Discussion Question: Do you think humans are naturally simple and pure creatures and that society has corrupted us, or that society has tamed our barbaric habits?

    Comment: I thought our discussion this week was really fascinating! I love how we tied all these philosophical ideas into real world problems, ie mental problems.

    Link: Here's the wikipedia article on Adam Smith. It has some more information about his impact on economics.

  6. Oh wow that ending question is a real thought provoker. I would have loved to hear your group's thoughts on that.

  7. your ideas of human thoughts are interesting