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Friday, November 22, 2013

NoPhi (16-3)

In class we discussed American Hedonism but primarily French Existentialism and the works of French philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Sartre was very heavily influenced by the World War II and it's aftermath, and how philosophers should handle such dark matters in time of war. One of the more interesting points was Sartre's view on freewill, in that Humans always have the choice to do as they please. Simply because a waiter is acting as a representative of his restaurant does not mean that he is defined by the role he is taking. Humans are to take full responsibility for their actions under every circumstance.  
One point of contention in America the Philosophical was perhaps the use of the word philosopher to describe Hugh Hefner. What is your take on that description?


  1. FQ: Where was Christopher Hitchens originally from?

    DQ: In reference to the section about Arendt, how much responsibility do you feel people have in following orders? Is the person just as guilty as the one giving the orders?

    Link: It seems there's a movie about Arendt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-rnFLnu2jg

  2. I tend to agree with Sartre's view that humans don't really have a purpose with the exception of survival, that being the prime drive of our existence. Life is what you make it.

    1. Anonymous11:46 AM CST

      I agree, purpose is made not given.

  3. Ricky (16-3)11:46 PM CST

    FQ: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was the only philosophy book written by _____ ________. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

    DQ: How do we decide what is logically right and what is logically wrong?

    Quotes by Wittgenstein

  4. 16-2

    But is that the primal human instinct, the survival? Everyone knows they will die at some point so what is the point in us living?

    1. Chelsea 16-112:22 PM CST

      All animals have the primal instinct to live to be able to reproduce.

  5. Anonymous9:18 AM CST

    I have always been fond of Sartre.

    FQ: _______was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language, he also taught at the University of Cambridge. (Wittgenstein)

    DQ: I think essentially there is only one language in this world, it just shows up in different type of expressions. We can translate it or we can feel it. Music is the best expression that merge different languages.

    What do you think?

    Bertrand Russell on Ludwig Wittgenstein

  6. Austin Duke10:02 AM CST

    (16-1) If we are innately purposeless and we must make our own purposes, as Sartre would believe, then why do we exist in the first place?

  7. Taylore (16-2)11:00 AM CST

    Never would have thought in a million years, that Hugh Hefner would be considered a philosopher. Even after the class discussion, I still do not understand how or even why.
    FQ: Arendt described Eichmann's evil as ______, meani9ng boring and unoriginal? [banal]
    DQ: Although Eichmann technically never killed anyone, would you say he's as guilty for murder as Hitler?
    Link: Trailer to Hannah Arendt's Biography Movie

  8. Hailey Lawson (16-3)11:13 AM CST

    FQ: Wittgenstein said that there is no _______ to language. (Essence)
    DQ: Wittgenstein also said that we can't have a "private" way of expressing our sensations through language, because we are all socialized to express our feelings this way or that way. Does that bother you?

  9. FQ: the only Pragmatist idea that Popper didnt agree with was? ("test for truth")

    DQ:do you agree with this statement? it is not incorrect to say that science is ... an `instrument' whose purpose is ... to predict from immediate or given experiences to later experiences, and even as far as possible to control them?


  10. Courtney 16-312:09 PM CST

    I love the statement, "Humans are to take full responsibility for their actions under every circumstance." My whole entire life I have believed this, and I think more people need to take responsibility for what they say and do instead of blaming others.
    FQ: Why was Wittgenstein considered a philosopher's philosopher?- Not only did he give us philosophical ideas, theses,and positions for us to explore, he also was interested in the activity of philosophy.
    DQ: Smith discusses some of Wittgenstein's rater good problems and rather haunting problems, which ones do you think are the best? Most haunting?
    Link: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/l/ludwig_wittgenstein.html