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Monday, November 11, 2013

Philosoraptors 17,3

Hey dudes,

This post will be a short one. Today we tested out a peripatetic experiment, discussing philosophy while wandering from one designated place on the campus to another. An experiment most of my group found desirable in contrast with a classroom setting. We discussed Marx and how his philosophy could only work in hippy communes, Kierkegaard over Dr. Phil's question posed in class, how science and religion can, in fact, be compatible, and ended with how we are all ready to learn more about existentialism.


  1. I find Kierkegaard to be very odd but also interesting. Every time I heard his name I think back to a Golden Girls episode when they made a reference to him and how funny his name sounds.

    FQ (LH)- Which American philosopher started the philosophical approach of pragmatism? pg.165
    C.S. Peirce

    DQ (LH)- Sigmund believed that humans often hide from ourselves what we really feel and want to do. Some of these thoughts are often violent and many are sexual. We suppress these thoughts in the unconscious. Do you find this to be true?

    I learned about Sigmund in my psychology class and found this theories to be very interesting. Here is a link to his Psychosexual Development Theory

  2. Oh Nietzsche, you poor, poor soul... your ideas about art and truth, although backwards, are so beautiful, yet you are SO pessimistic... The dichotomy of the Dionysian and the Apollonian is wonderful, but Nietzsche, like I said, got it backwards. The world actually is an Ideal-filled and Truth-inspired garden for us to cultivate. The reason Nietzsche thought it was actually Dionysian was because of what humans turn our world into. God inspires us with sincere search for Truth, but the immorality of the Fall prevents some of us from attaining this Noble goal. This existentialist philosophy is really bringing me down... Why can't Schopenhauer and Nietzsche see that the beauty and power of Music are proofs that credit the true Apollonian nature of the world around us? But I digress...

    FQ (PB pg. 172): Richard Wagner was a close friend of which existentialist philosopher? Answer: Friedrich Nietzsche

    DQ: How do you see the world - is it Apollonian or Dionysian? Why?

    Here's a 15 minute video about Nietzsche and "Art and Truth:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOVQABHFC_0

  3. FQ: Who argued that liberal democracy would mature under the pressure of the biotechnology revolution? Fukuyama. (AP 236)

    DQ: The book discussed that ethics and politics often clash, do you think this is true? Can a politician always stand by his or her moral code? Do you think if they managed to live by their moral code would they be able to achieve high appointments in the government?

    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHnRHHPQISU
    This is a funny video about moral relativism

  4. Oh man, Nietzsche.... What a downer. Talk about seeing the worst in people. Although, I guess my definition of what is good and bad is influenced by my faith, which is apparently holding me back from achieving my higher form, or some nonsense like that.

    FQ: which philosopher believed that philosophy should become more scientific, in regards to having the truth be something that could be proven through experiments and analysis? - Pierce (LH page 165)

    DQ: do you all agree that, in our search for "the truth" whatever it may be, we should become more scientific in our approach? That in order for it to be true and thus irrefutable, it should be able to be proven over and over again?

    Link- I don't have much of a link today, but I do have another discussion question, merely for personal interest: In regards to James' statements about the truth of a statement (how it should produce useful practical results), how effective is that at defending the idea of a God? Or, in other words, could the belief in God produce enough of a practical and useful effect on humanity to justify the necessity of the existence of God?

    I have no idea if that question actually makes any sense, though haha.

  5. FQ: (LH p171) What famous philosopher wrote the words: "God is dead."
    Answer: Nietzsche

    DQ: Kant argued for reasonings, while Neitzsche argued for it being emotions and irrational forces that play the part in shaping human values. With which do agree more?

    Link: An essay on Kant vs. Nietzsche