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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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So today's discussion traveled from perception, emotions, intuition, personal freedom, etc.  It was a successful convo with little to no distracting giggling!

Seneca Ewing (HNRS #3)


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  2. Removed my previous comment because I wasn't done and hit the wrong button. Anyhoo...

    Comment: I wouldn't quite say no giggling, but we were far better focused, I will grant you. ;) Today's discussion, once we got down to it, was quite good, I thought.

    Discussion: So, what's with Berkeley's notion that all which are exist are ideas? It's kinda fascinating, really, but it has some serious flaws. Also, what might be the fundamental flaw in Voltaire's response to Leibniz?

    Factual: What was George Berkeley's profession? (He was Bishop of Cloyne.)

    Link: Here's a picture on Wikipedia of Voltaire. It's interesting for the purposes of reading his face: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nicolas_de_Largilli%C3%A8re,_Fran%C3%A7ois-Marie_Arouet_dit_Voltaire_%28vers_1724-1725%29_-001.jpg

  3. This is a link to a bust, which is easier to read facially and more accurate than a painting. Plus, the features like lines are more likely to be highlighted: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1972.61

  4. Oh, and something I meant to post earlier, per our discussion about intuition: http://perfectlynormal33.tumblr.com/tagged/intuition

  5. Factual: Who was an idealist and immaterialist? George Berkeley

    Discussion: Do you agree with Pangloss, in Voltaire's Candide, that everything is for the best and this is how it had to be to produce the most perfect situation?

    Comment: I have to say that the best classes are when we laugh a lot!

    Link: A biography on Voltaire http://www.egs.edu/library/voltaire/

  6. Comment: Philosophy confuses me. So I laugh instead.

    Discussion: To me, Berkeley's philosophy seems absolutely mad. My room doesn't cease to exist just because I'm not in it. But to play the Devil's Advocate here: What would it mean to Earth if things were ideas rather than concrete?

    Fact: What are primary qualities according to Locke? (Real features of things in the world. i.e.: Size and shape.)

    Link: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/georgeberk398093.html Even if I don't agree with his philosophy, I can appreciate this feeling.

  7. Michael Anderson H3

    Comment: This session was more productive than the last.

    Discuss: Do you agree with Leibniz's assumption that there must be a logical explanation for everything?

    Fact: What is Voltaire best known for today? Candide (1759).

    Link: Candide