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Friday, February 14, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Philosophers

Hey guys!
Here are the questions from last class:
1. Who wrote about "What It Means to Be an American" and said effective social critics & philosophers challenge their societies from the inside? 
Michael Walzer
2. What was at the heart of Stoicism?
The idea that we are responsible for what we feel and think.
3. Who said Americans (and everyone else) should have "an original relation to the universe," and  disinterred his wife's body?

4. Name one of Cicero's "problems with growing older."
It gets harder to work, body gets weaker, and death is close.

5. Which Stoic philosopher took his own life due to a Roman emperor, Nero, accusing him of plotting against him and telling him to commit suicide? 

6. Which American philosopher rejected the name "pragmatism," threatened suicide, and said we should only entertain "real and living doubts"?
7. What "kind and good" philosopher said (while still a young man) "my first act of free will shall be to believe in free will"?
During class today we talked about Stoicism which I thought was pretty cool. Do you guys believe we control our feeling and emotions or do you think they are affected by the situation?
During our group session we talked about our project a little bit and decided that the people that are presenting can pick little clips from Breaking Bad to go with the written work.

The reading for Monday:

Augustine, Boethius (LH); Santayana, Dewey, Quine
(AP 78-97)



  1. Christopher Winfrey8:44 PM CST

    Hey everyone, so I had to write about (AP) 82-85:

    FQ: What did Santayana write that became a staple of his writing and brought his sharp tone towards America to center stage?
    FQ: What is the idea behind Emersonianism?
    FQ: Who did McCormick claim to be the only philosopher whose writing came close to Santayana?
    FQ: Who believed that philosophy did not amount to science, but a balance of mind and temper?
    FQ: Which religion did Santayana inherit but reject?
    FQ: Who supposedly said that there was nothing Spanish about Santayana, and that he was a New Englander with a Spanish name?

    DQ: Are there any topics you are as critical about as Santayana is about America?

    LINK: http://www.academia.edu/148909/Tips_On_How_To_Write_Philosophy_Essays

    This link has tips about how to write philosophy essays. This is mostly for our writers, because we really need to get started so that we can figure out how to present our information so that the presenters can be ready for the day the project is due.

  2. Yousef Al-Ansari4:22 PM CST

    Write about: Augustine, Boethius (LH);
    FQ: What was the name of the last book Boethius wrote before he was executed?
    DQ: What do you guys think about Augustine's belief on the 'Original Sin' being passed down each new generation?
    Link: http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/article.aspx?id=227 Here's a link of more information on the 'Original Sin' and Augustine.

  3. Okay so I cant find my groups forum so I am going to post on here.

    FQ: Did John Dewey influence pragmatism? yes.
    DQ: What ideas did you like from Santayana, Dewey, and Quine?
    Link: https://suite101.com/a/john-dewey-pragmatism-a35095 John Dewey and Pragmatism

  4. I can't find my groups post either.

    Augustine... Interesting beliefs. Free Will is debatable.

    FQ: Name a book that Augustine authored? (Confessions, City of God)
    DQ: Do you think Free Will is an adequate ideal of beliefs?
    Link: Ain't nothin' better than some words on Augustine.http://www.iep.utm.edu/augustin/

  5. Anonymous1:18 AM CST

    I wasn't here during last class, because of personal businesses, but I do appreciate the quiz Q&A from this group. Thus my Q&A will be about Augustine.

    FQ: Where was Augustine born? - Tagaste or Algeria; North Africa
    FQ: When Eve and Adam betrayed God, they brought sin into the world. This sin is called what? - Original Sin
    FQ: Augustine believed that _____ _____ gets passed on to each new generation by the act of _____ _____. - Original Sin; Sexual reproduction
    DQ: In your own opinion, why did God brought evil to the world?
    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-UIxGpWVJA

  6. Zachary Duncan12:42 PM CST

    Hey guys i'm back after not posting last week, but here is two questions from A little History of Philosophy -
    What is the attempt to explain and defend how a good God could allow suffering? pg 38
    answer: theodicy

    In his younger days, Augustine was a _______, but later rejected this belief for Christianity. pg 36
    answer: Manichaean

    and link as well -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-t1HEoU6dE

  7. FQ:Who wrote "If I have not wholly stood/Neither have I wholly bent"?
    DQ: Dewey said "There's no fool like an old fool", what does that mean to you?

  8. I can't find my group...

    FQ: What does Plato think that all learning is? (A: Recollection of ideas we already have)

    DQ: Do you think that we never really learn anything new?

    Link: http://www.uiowa.edu/~lsa/bkh/200/platoarticle.htm Some of Plato's views.

  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKKdCWTKATA

  10. FQ: Who is the author of Anarchy, State, and Utopia?"
    DQ: What do you think about William James?

    Link: Here's one my favorite scenes of Breaking Bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5wpigdBfK8

  11. Dylan Aycock3:17 PM CST

    FQ: Who wrote the first posthumous biography of George Santayana and promised to "restore intellectual history of our times"?

    FQ: What American philosopher (1908-2000) was considered a "towering figure" in the core areas of epistemology and metaphysics?

    DQ: What do you think of Santayana?

    Link: Here is a link to a podcast on George Santayana's "The Sense of Beauty" (1896) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKJT6AKwAFU

  12. FQ: From the fifth to the fifteenth century, what was tightly interlinked?
    DQ: What do you think of Augustine?