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Monday, November 4, 2013

Philosopher's Guild

Sorry that I am posting a little late. Last class we had our second test, and did not have much time to discuss in our groups. Graham was our floater this time. We spent a majority of our time discussing whether or not we can force someone to be free and if that is wrong to do. It was a great discussion as always and look forward to another tomorrow.


  1. Sounds like a good discussion. I do not however, think that someone can force another person to be free.

  2. Olivia (The Highlanders)9:50 AM CST

    This sounds like a very interesting discussion! I would say that you can't force someone into being free because the point of being "free" would be to not be forced, wouldn't it?

  3. Factual Question: Who wrote "First Discourse"? (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
    Comment: That one moment I thought was safe from the nose-goes...
    Discussion Question: Do you think we, as a species, will ever go beyond the need for religion?
    Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/11/05/243081116/dark-matter-eludes-capture-science-and-the-unseen
    Thought this was pretty cool.

  4. Factual: What social philosopher did Hegel influence? (Karl Marx :P)
    Discussion: When Hegel said "The owl of Minerva flies only at dusk," what did he mean? Do you agree?
    Last time we had a good discussion about social morality and custom.
    Links: http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/hegel/works/pr/preface.htm
    I commented on Philosoraptor

    1. The fact that "The owl of Minerva flies only at dusk," is similar to saying that "hindsight is twenty-twenty." Only by looking back at the past can we see the trends and learn from our mistakes, or see that what we did actually worked out. I see his point. His whole dialectic is based off of the premise of looking back at history and actually seeing the process of thesis and antithesis combining to make a synthesis. Only then can he make the broader generalization that this process will continue "ad infinitum" until the perfect world is reached. This is the same way that Marx formed his conclusion that powerful capitalist nations were doomed to fall into anarchy and then into communism and socialism. Now, since "The owl of Minerva flies only at dusk," we can see that Marx was wrong, but there was no way he could have known what the future would hold. That is why I feel that I do my best philosophizing before bed as I reflect on the day, rather than early in the morning, before my experience has even begun to take shape. For me, "The owl of Minerva flies only at dusk."