A collaborative search for wisdom, at Middle Tennessee State University and beyond...
"The pluralistic form takes for me a stronger hold on reality than any other philosophy I know of, being essentially a social philosophy, a philosophy of 'co'"-William James
I most be very Illiterate to this blogging stuff because it took me forever to figure out how to get started. I could just slap myself.
Today we really didn't get much discussing done, but manage to ask Dr. Phil on his opinion how he feel about after death.
Kathryn Fenton will be responsible for the podcast and I will be posting the quiz questions.
The reading assignments for today is:
LH - Anselm & Aquinas p 46-50
PB - Kenny p 29-36
AP - Nozick and Rawls p 97-107
A week from this Wednesday which is the 26th we will be having our first exam and our report is due. It's crunch time Philosoraptors. We can do this!
Here are the FQ that everyone in the group posted so far. Answers are highlighted and those that are long has red within the highlight for the important part of the answers.
FQ: In the 1980s, which
University disbanded its entire philosophy program as soon as a cost crunch
FQ: Who was the author of
Democracy in America and thought that no country paid "less
attention" to philosophy than the United States?
FQ: Because Socrates did not
believe in writing down the things he said. Who wrote and recorded most of what
is known about Socrates today?
FQ: Who was the ancient Greek
philosopher that believed the best way to gain wisdom was through conversation,
as opposed to inward reflection? (Socrates)
FQ: According to Socrates, what
are men unwilling to lose? The
simple pleasures in life.
FQ: Socrates did not write
anything down. Who wrote down and kept record of Socrates conversations and
ideas, as well as his own? Plato
FQ: What theory of Plato's
describes thinking about things in an abstract way, not through examples and
sensual perceptions? Theory
FQ - Wisdom for Socrates was not
knowing lots of facts, or knowing how to do something, but meant understanding
what? The true nature of
our existence, including the limits of what we can know.
FQ: What can we do to increase
our chance of eudaimonia? Aristotle's
answer 'Develop the right kind of character.'
FQ: Aristotle was not just a
philosopher but also fascinated by what? Zoology, astronomy, history, politics, and drama.
FQ: Who pioneered philosophical counseling? Gerd Achenbach
FQ: Professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University who
authored On Race and Philosophy. Lucius Outlaw
FQ: What was the name of the school set up by Aristotle in
Athens? The Lyceum
FQ: What is 'truth by authority' and which philosopher was
associated with the term?
FQ: What is the Doctrine of Mean? The harmony, or balance between non-rational and
rational impulses under the guidance of reason
FQ: Who were two major philosophers from the 19th Century
that were strongly influenced by Aristotle? Hegel and Marx
FQ: Who developed and taught Aristotle? Plato
FQ: In which famous Renaissance painting by Raphael is there
a depiction of Plato pointing upwards to the world of the Forms and Aristotle
reaching out for the world in front of him? - "The School of Athens"
FQ: What does the word ethika literally mean? - The study of character
FQ: Who wrote Treatise on the Art of Philosophizing Soberly
and Accurately as well as Inaugural Dissertation on the Rights of Blacks in
Europe? - Anton Wilhelm
FQ: which philosopher, in the eyes of his peers, took the
practice of skepticism too far? Pyrrho
FQ: What was the name of the school that Epicurus started? Epicurean School of Thought
FQ: Which Roman philosopher-poet wrote On the Nature of
FQ: What did Epicurus say in his epitaph? "I was not; I have been; I
am not; I do not mind"
FQ: A large source of information on Epicurus' teachings
came from the long poem On the Nature of Things written byLucretius.
FQ: What kind of need did Epicurus teach? Moderate
FQ: Epicurus' view was that we consist of Atoms (though what he
meant by this term was a bit different from what modern scientists mean by it).
FQ: Pyrrho visited place that with great spiritual te3achers
putting themselves through unbelievable physical deprivation and it was
probably what inspired him, what place was it? India
FQ: What was the "official" date that Stoicism was
founded? -313 BC
FQ: According to Chapter 5, what does it mean to "be
what you can't change
FQ: The name 'Stoic' came from what word? (Hint: it is also the
name for the porch in Athens where the philosophers used to meet.) Stoa
FQ: Which of the philosophers from the readings started out
as a slave? Epictetus
FQ: What other group of philosophers are the Stoics similar
to in the sense that they practiced maintaining a calm state of mind? Sceptics
FQ: Which philosopher from the readings wrote the book On
Old Age? Cicero
FQ: What Ancient Greek said, "Life is short, art is
FQ: True or False: Was Cicero's attitude regarding death a
FQ: On pg. 69 of America the Philosophical, Robert D.
Richardson wrote, "Emerson dealt with trouble by turning tolife"
FQ: Which Stoic to his own life at the demands of Nero?
FQ: What was the name of the painted porch in Athens where philosophers
used to meet? Stoic
FQ: According to the Manichaeans, where did good and evil
come from? Good came from
the soul and evil came from the body.
FQ: The Manichaeans believed that goodness came from the souland evil came
from the body.
FQ: John Dewey being a "non-social individual what was
his warning? "is an
abstraction arrived at by imagining what man would be if all his human
qualities were taken away.
FQ: McCormick acknowledged that Santayana "refuse to argue, and
argument is the staff of life of academic philosophy."
FQ: Why did Santayana say he was never really comfortable at
atmosphere was "an unintelligible, sanctimonious and often disingenuous
they were impossible to understand acting morally superior to others and not
being sincere forms of Christian
FQ: "Skepticism is the chastity of theintellect.
FQ: Who said American life "Seems to neutralize every
intellectual element?" Santayana
FQ: What did the Manichaeans believe about God? That he wasn’t supremely
FQ: What did Augustine believe that every child bear traces
of from birth? Original
FQ: Who was the woman that Boethius saw in his jail cell
while awaiting his death? Why was she angry with him? Philosophy or “Philosophia”
FQ: Who wrote the first biography of Santayana in several
decades, promising to "restore its subject to his rightful place in the
intellectual history of our times"? John McCormick
FQ: Who, according to America the Philosophical, "wed
philosophical pragmatism to social and political activism" and
"approached philosophy with the common man's touch"? John Dewey
FQ: What is a Manichaean? A religion that originally came from Persia believing
that God wasn’t supremely powerful