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Monday, February 17, 2014

Why not

Hello group 1!

Today we discussed that we will all bring in three questions from our previous posts which we will narrow down to eight, which will be placed on the midterm study guide.

Also we decided everyone job to fulfill within our midterm project making the power point, bringing in comics, and finding our research. Calvin and Hobbes project will be presented next Wednesday.

The reading this week was equally divided between the group.


  1. AP Reading
    FQ: Who won the National Book Award for the Anarch, State, and Utopia book? pg.98 Robert Nozick

    Nozick criticized himself as too______________when younger in The Examined Life? pg.100 "opinionful"

    Anarchy, State, and Utopia
    Link: http://www.iep.utm.edu/nozick/

    DQ: Does Belief in Free Will Make Us Better People?

    Robert Nozick sketched a view of how free will is possible
    Link: http://www.informationphilosopher.com/solutions/philosophers/nozick/

  2. Stephanie Byars4:50 PM CST

    My questions come from LH today. . .

    FQ: Who outline five arguments, known as the Five Ways, that are meant to demonstrate that God exists? (Thomas Aquinas, LH pg. 49)

    FQ2: What was the name of Anselm's book? (Proslogion, LH pg. 46)

    DQ: Do you believe what Thomas Aquinas said about there having to be an "uncaused cause" that was the start of everything?

    Link: Here's a little bit more detail on Aquinas's Five Ways.

  3. Here's some questions coming from America the Philosophical.

    FQ: Why did Nozick feel that life or living is not the kind of topic that philosophers feel is necessarily rewarding? (answer: because it doesn't provide "clear standards of success." pg. 100)

    DQ: Why do you think philosophizing about "life or living" isn't considered to be rewarding by Nozick?

    Link: Here's a link to a Yale University lecture that does a quick mind experiment suggested by Robert Nozick called "the experience machine."

  4. AP, FQ: What theory did Rawls seek that would satisfy all types of people?
    ANS: "justice as fairness"

    DQ: Do you believe that america operates under the "justice as fairness" theory?

    Link: http://pages.uoregon.edu/koopman/courses_readings/rawls_JasF.pdf
    This book by Rawls goes into more depth about his "Justice as Fairness" theory

  5. FQ: according to Romano, 'What angered critics most was the book's combination of the "_________" style and arbitrary assumptions. ("analytic" pg. 98)

    DQ: What about Nozick's first book 'Anarchy, State, and Utopia' upset thinker's from the left?

    Here is an interesting blog where they discuss the difference between liberal and libertarian.


  6. Erin Herbstova11:38 AM CST

    FQ: What is the name of the monk that criticized Anselms proof of G-d? (A: Gaunilo of Marmoutiers pg. 47 of LH)

    DQ: What do you think of Nozick transition to "real life subjects"? And why he was so critical of his previous work?

    Link: This is a intresting summary of Nozick's life published by the Harvard Gazette right after his death http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/01.17/99-nozick.html

  7. I don't think I ever ended up with a particular section to read to be honest, but anyways...

    DQ: Do you agree with Aquinas that one can only have rights if they have duties?

    FQ: Whose philosophies did Aquinas take from and add to as he made it his own; In addition, reconciling that philosopher's reputation with the christian church?

  8. Quiz questions for the study guide:

    1. What was strange about Epicurus' Garden commune was that it openly included ______ and _____, which was a rare situation in Ancient Athens. - Women and Slaves pg. 23
    2. According to Hall & Lindholm, what is the supposed "11th commandment" in American society? ("Thou shalt not judge" AP pg. 51)
    3. What "fickle" and "random" thing should humans not depend on to be happy according to Boethius? (Luck, LH pg. 42)

  9. PB FQ: According to Thomas Aquinas, both God and animals are outside of human's "_________" -Moral Community pg. 31

    DQ: In your opinion, is happiness an activity or a feeling?

    Link: http://listverse.com/2007/12/05/top-15-quotes-of-thomas-aquinas/