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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nameless Wanderers, Honors 1 Group 3

Tuesday's attendance was rather slim for some reason. Certain individuals of our group were not present (a la half the population), but that was true of most of the groups. Because of that, Dr. Phil used most of the time to talk about Wittgenstein, Popper, and others. At the beginning, Anna did her presentation on cyberphilosophy and cyberpolitics.


  1. Factual: Who proposed the two thought experiments involving trains? (Philippa Foot.)

    Discussion: I say we talk about those thought experiments. Are they useful, for starters?

    Comment: Dr. Phil, I still can't remember the comment I wanted to make. Dang it. Perhaps we'll have some better discussion this Tuesday. BUT, that means you people have to show up? For shame, my friends, for shame. Fie.

    Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippa_Foot

    Link 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Jarvis_Thomson

  2. Factual: Who wrote A Theory of Justice in 1971? - John Rawls

    Discussion: For my DQ I would like to ask what Philippa Foot asks, "When is it acceptable to sacrifice one life to save more?"

    Comment: Well the semester is almost over. I have enjoyed this class and everyone in it. I learned some new things and am happy I took this class. I will miss my group very much and hope to have other classes with you guys.

    Link: http://www.princeton.edu/~psinger/ Peter Singer's homepage at Princeton.

    1. Olivia (The Highlanders)9:38 AM CST

      That is a really interesting question! I read in a psychology article that most of the time people are not willing to sacrifice someone else for more than one person. I thought that was very interesting and really doesn't answer your question, but it might help you get an idea of the general population's ideas on it.

      Here is the article I read about it!

  3. Comment: My apologies for my absence.

    DQ: What does it say about human nature that we must be blind to the our own position in order to govern fairly? What does it say about our government?

    FQ: True or false: Rawls was a political AND moral philosopher.

    Link: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnrawls182620.html

    https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/74263.John_Rawls Particularly like #5.

  4. Comment: This website deletes my comment at least 50% of the time, so let's try this again... I wasn't able to attend last Tuesday.

    FQ: What was Rawls's most famous work? The Theory of Justice

    DQ: How do you think wealth should be distributed among the world?

    Link: This is a good lecture by Michael Sandel, a Harvard professor. It's 55 minutes, and I didn't watch all of it.

  5. Anonymous11:06 AM CST

    Michael Anderson H3

    FQ: What was Philippa Foot's primary focus in philosophy? ethics.

    DQ: How would you answer the question that Foot pondered throughout her career, "Why be moral"?

    Comment: The semester has certainly been an enlightening one. I had fun in this group and will miss our discussions.

    Link: On Rawls

  6. FQ: Where was Wolff from? Germany
    DQ: Do you believe, like many of these philosophers, that science is a form of philosophy? Why or why not?
    Comment: apologies for my absence. I trust it was still a fruitful discussion.
    Link: Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of. -Moyers