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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nameless Wanderers (H3)

For group discussion on Tuesday, our group decided to venture over to the art building to survey people's expressions of emotion.  On our journey there, we quoted the famous philosopher, Captain Jack Sparrow himself.  "It is not so much the destination as it is the journey" (On Stranger Tides).  Upon our arrival, there was very modern and mathematical- yet unusual and seemingly meaningless- art forms on the wall; one could have related it to Bertrand Russell. We ended with very briefly surveying the Amazing Face Readings book that Mitchell so thoughtfully brought.


  1. FQ: The central theme of "Being and Nothingness by Camus was ___________. (freedom)

    DQ: Do you believe people need to be given a purpose to live a happy life, or can we define our own purpose?

    Comment: Todd has such pretty artwork...

    Link: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/albertcamu111058.html



    He has so many good quotes.

  2. Factual: Who believed human beings had no essence- no reason to exist? - Jean-Paul Sartre

    Discussion: The semester is almost over. We have talked about a lot of different philosophers and their philosophies. Who is your favorite?

    Comment: I loved our peripatetic discussion.

    Link: http://www.jeanpaulsartre.org/index.html

  3. Factual: Jean-Paul Sartre was what kind of philosopher? Existentialist.

    Discussion: Isn't existentialism rather self-contradictory, not to say dismal?

    Link: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnnydepp410288.html Since we're talking about Jack Sparrow...

    Link 2:"Life is a journey, not a destination." Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    Link 3: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d1/Jean-Paul_Sartre_FP.JPG Seneca, note his ear ridges. They are quite prominent.

    Link 4: Note this dude's startling lack of ridge. And weird looking ears period. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/08/Albert_Camus%2C_gagnant_de_prix_Nobel%2C_portrait_en_buste%2C_pos%C3%A9_au_bureau%2C_faisant_face_%C3%A0_gauche%2C_cigarette_de_tabagisme.jpg

    Link 5:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/72/Second_Sex-20100831.png

    Comment: Yesterday I remembered why I don't like art galleries. If we have more discussion time tomorrow (and it's warmer), we ought to experiment with peripatetics a little further. But not at Todd. Odd place.

  4. You guys and your "faces"...!

    Jack Sparrow 's line is reminiscent of one of my favorite living philosophers, John McDermott, who always says "the nectar is in the journey."

    And to Mitchell's DQ: Is existentialism "dismal"? The late Robert Solomon addressed that in his animated "Waking Life" cameo, if you ever get a chance to see it. There used to be a YouTube clip, but it's apparently been removed. So, look instead for his discussion of existentialism in his book "The Joy of Philosophy." I'll post it.

    1. Sounds interesting. Perhaps you can join in the discussion tomorrow about existentialism, assuming we don't go peripatetic.

  5. Olivia (The Highlanders)10:12 AM CST

    I find it interesting that the nameless wanderers went wandering around campus, but it sounds like it could be lot's of fun! I'm interested in what you actually surveyed when you say expression of emotion? Reactions to the art, maybe?

  6. FQ: Who was the most famous existentialist philosopher? Jean-Paul Sartre.

    DQ: Do you agree with Sartre that humans have no innate purpose?

    Comment: Our journey to the art gallery was quite refreshing.

    Link: On Sartre

  7. I think philosophically walking the campus would be very fun. I wish the weather was just warmer.