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Monday, January 27, 2014

Greetings Group 1!!

That means you, Kiki, Layton, Jaime, Ian, Erin, Grant, and Tyler. :) Ok, I'm going to try to "step up to the plate" with our group's first blog post. (Please forgive me if it's not perfect.) Basically, class today consisted of figuring out discussion groups and then learning about the score cards. Since we were just getting acquainted, we didn't get too deep into favorite philosophers or our own philosophical ideas, but feel free to share anything about that in the comments if you want. Also share your questions (factual/discussion) about the reading for Wednesday which is "America the Philosophical" pgs. 3-13. It was great meeting everyone, and I'm looking forward to an awesome semester together. :)

-Stephanie Byars


  1. Potential Question: Alexis de Tocqueville thought that no other country paid "_______ ____________" to Philosophy than the United States.

    *Hey guys, after reading America the Philosophical I thought it was interesting how other countries don't consider America to be very philosophical. Why is this? I've noticed that other countries don't take Americans seriously when it comes to anything that involves deeper thought. Maybe it has to do with where America ranks worldwide in education, or how we're portrayed in the media?

    Here's a video about Alain Leroy Locke, an African American Philosopher; I tried talking about him before, but it didn't work out. :P If ya'll are interested in learning about him real quick, here's a short video explaining his influence on Philosophy and on the Harlem Renaissance.

  2. Quiz Question:
    Name four areas mentioned in the text that challenge that Americans are philosophers?

    Discussion Question:
    Why do Americans tend to keep philosophy out of these areas? (from above question)

    Relevant Link (written by the author of our book!) :

  3. I think that the media and US foreign policy over the last fifty years has portrayed Americans as being capricious and arrogant. This is perhaps why people outside of America view it as not a place with a perponderance of deep thinkers. The gridlock in Washington certainly does not help how the rest of the world views the rationale of our government. Unfortunately, the ratoinale of government directly represents the views of the people; we did elect our representatives to office after all.

  4. Potential Question: In what magazine written by Charles Pierce was where live referred to as "the America of the medicine wagon and the tent revival, the American of the junk joint and the gambling den." ?

    *(Discussion) Is America really more philosophical that than these lands? I think there are many ways this can be positively or negatively argued. Sadly it is usually more negative. What does our printed media really have to do with being philosophical? That is really only the words of one person.

    Here is a video I found this Video about Immanual Kant it was a funny little intro to his philosophy I though people might enjoy it!

  5. Erin Herbstova12:02 PM CST

    What country is considered the least philosophical but most of the other countries?

    I think it would be interesting to decide if Americans are just really bad at philosophy or if they just interpret and perceive philosophy in a different way than the rest of the world? Because sometimes a different view point and a approach can be a good thing?

    The following link I found to be interesting. It is an entry from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy about a type "American" Philosophy. I personaly like the squirrel question. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pragmatism/

  6. Grant Vis2:00 PM CST

    (FQ) What movie caricature is Socrates probably best known for in America?