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Friday, November 29, 2013

NoPhi (16-3)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all enjoyed it and perhaps had a stress free black Friday but I seriously doubt that. In class last Wednesday Dr. Oliver gave his lecture and discussed Wittgenstein, Arendt, Popper & Kuhn and Christopher Hitchens. 
Remember our in-class exam is on Dec.9th, and presentations start this monday!      


  1. FQ: Who came up with the runaway train thought experiment?
    (Philippa Foot)

    DQ: What do you think about train and violinist thought experiments? What decision do you think you'd make in those situations?

    Link: Interesting questions about the thought experiment: http://www.philosophyexperiments.com/fatman/Default.aspx

  2. Anonymous11:37 AM CST

    abigail jones

    FQ: who received both the Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy and the National Humanities Medal in 1999, the latter presented by President Bill Clinton, in recognition of how Rawls' work "helped a whole generation of learned Americans revive their faith in democracy itself."??? Rawls

    DQ: do you disagree or agree with Rawls' liberal political philosophy?


    1. Damon McCook (16-1)

      I thought Rawl's theory is based on a perfect world. Rawl assumes everyone will be happy with where they are. I think he forgets about drug addicts, sociopaths, and Miley Cyrus fans. Just like communism- it looks great on paper.

    2. I don't know if it is so much based on a perfect world, more as it is based on an ideal condition that we should strive for. Now I know that those two concepts might sound like they are the same, but they aren't. His philosophy doesn't assume a perfect world, it shows what a perfect world WOULD be like and demonstrates what we should work towards.

  3. Austin Duke5:18 PM CST

    (16-1) Speaking of Arendt, did she really think that Eichman was innocent, or just not an evil monster.
    FQ: Who was a major critic of John Rawls? (Robert Nolzick)
    DQ: Why is it somewhat more acceptable to pull a lever and change the direction of a train than to push a fat man off a bridge?

    I like trains: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DjOL2we8ko

    1. Andrew 16-111:00 AM CST

      To save the man's life

  4. Ricky (16-3)9:47 PM CST

    FQ: The 'Liberty Principle', the 'Difference Principle', and the 'Fair Opportunity Principle are the key ideas in which book written by John Rawls in 1971? (A Theory of Justice)

    DQ: Do you agree with John Rawls 'Difference Principle'?

    A brief outline/statement about 'A Theory of Justice'

  5. Personally, I don't think you can call Eichmann innocent if you stay true to what innocence means. No one that's participated in war can really be called innocent, but I also don't think he could be called evil because while he was willing to commit the absurd acts that he did, he was obligated to follow orders as a soldier. I think that's kind of what Arendt was getting at.

    1. FQ: Who wrote "Theory of Justice"? (Rawls)
      DQ: What do you think you would do in the position of these thought experiments and when does it become wrong to sacrifice the well being of the few for the well being of the many?


  6. Anonymous9:29 AM CST

    FQ: ______ was one of the founders of contemporary virtue ethics, that was originally based on the ethics of Aristotle.( Philippa Foot)

    DQ: If I push the giant man off the bridge to save another 5 persons. And unfortunately this giant man died, 5 people survived. Is this giant man a hero or a victim? Am I a hero or a murder?

    The famous train problem

  7. I feel like Rawl's theory would only work out on paper but not in the real world

  8. FQ: Rawls principle that states "each person is entitled to an equal and extensive set of basic liberties?" (Liberty principle)
    DQ:Do you agree with rawls and what he calls the veil of ignorance? do you think if we "stripped" it that we could create a "better" society?

    rawls theories in a nutshell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKBQ1Q539mQ

  9. Courtney 16-312:22 PM CST

    I highly enjoyed learning about Rawls' principles, but I agree with most of you that it is based on a perfect world.
    FQ: What was Rawls most famous book?- A Theory of Justice
    DQ: Rawls believes that liberty should be above all other principles, is that the most important principle or is there a better one?
    Link: http://www.philosophytalk.org/shows/john-rawls