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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Why not?

Today in class we didn't discuss much reading but we did put together our midterm questions and narrowed them down to only ten. Mostly we talked about our midterm project, who is posting what and that we are meeting in the library Sunday February 23rd in room 201D, to further our research.


  1. Here are the comic strips I plan on doing for the project. My theme is how expectations affect our happiness. The below is the strips and the points for each slide. A link to the pictures are also there for anyone who is also doing the strips.

    Strip One:
    -High Expectation of Euphoria
    -High expectations sometimes lead to disappointment
    -Be happy with what you have


    Strip Two
    -Do not lower expectations to mediocrity.
    -Sarcastic Language used throughout
    -How good self-esteem is to be obtained


  2. Stephanie Byars2:32 PM CST

    Here's the information for my slides. Jaime, I also have pictures but when I tried to email them to you, my computer wouldn't let me, so I'll have to give them to you on Sunday during our group meeting if I can't figure out my email before then. . .

    • 6 years old
    o 1st Grade
    o Too intelligent
    • Powerful imagination
    o Alter Egos
    o Hobbes
    • Still has kid’s personality
    o Self-Centered
    o Stubborn
    o Strong Willed

    John Calvin
    • French pastor and theologian
    • Second generation of Protestant Reformation
    o Martin Luther’s successor
    • Institutes of the Christian Religion
    • Reformed Church and impacted Protestantism
    • Geneva
    o Violence
    • Calvinism
    • Predestination and Absolute Sovereignty

  3. Stephanie Byars2:40 PM CST

    Jaime, I just fixed the problem and sent you an email with both my information again and some pictures. Sorry about that.

  4. Here's the info for my slides as well. Sorry if they're a little late.

    A stuffed Tiger or not?
    Friend and Foil
    Tiger Pride
    Hobbes' "reality?"

    Link for pictures to use:
    1. http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/1300000/Hobbes-calvin-and-hobbes-1395518-2000-1503.jpg

    2. http://bensbargains.net/thecheckout/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Calvin-Hobbes-best-friends.jpg

    3. http://tifr.us/storage/post-images/Calvin-Hobbes-Real-Life-__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1272500861834.jpg
    (2 and 3 are fanart, I'd like for them to be on the same slide please if you put them on different slides. :D)

    4. http://www.toon-into-reading.com/uploads/1/2/5/6/12564774/945875945.gif

    Thomas Hobbes (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679)
    English Philosopher
    Political Philosophy
    Time in Paris and English Civil War
    Hobbesian Trap
    Connection to Hobbes the Tiger

    Links for Pictures:
    1. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/Thomas_Hobbes_(portrait).jpg

    2. http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060616223434/uncyclopedia/images/7/77/Hobbes.JPG

    3. http://thecomicninja.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/7016_173975958372_542678372_3677014_4942473_n1.jpg?w=640

    I know there are a lot of images, if spacing is a problem you can take out the images that aren't as relevant to the presentation.

  5. Sorry I'm late as well. Here are my strips and the general talking points that I plan to follow. They have a fairly loose theme of the way people perceive things in the world through kind of a dual lens. Everything is either one thing or another, and we react to the experience, object, or whatever else it may be based on what and how we perceive it to be.

    strip 1.)


    -duality of the world

    -the cultural tendency of people to classify things that are different as "better" or "worse", and to act on those notions accordingly

    -the relativity of values in society, and the contrast of that to philosophies such as Plato's theory of forms

    -the implication that this relativity of values plays on self betterment

    Strip 2.)


    -again, the duality of the world. people tend to classify things as "either this or that." in this case, funny or really scary

    -humor is used as a sort of coping mechanism for the nonsensical aspects of life, and is our way of reacting when we don't know how to react

    - in a way, this also goes back to the idea of emotional control popularized by stoicism. It ends with the decision to feel that something is either funny or really scary. two opposing ends of the spectrum

    I'm sorry I can't make it to the library tomorrow, but I have to work from 12:30-9pm. Feel free to text me if you guys need me to do anything, or if you have any questions for my part of the project. Layton should have my number. I might not respond immediately, but I will get to it as soon as I can. Wooo for Team Why Not!

  6. Stephanie Byars9:55 AM CST

    Here are my questions from the A.P. readings. . .

    FQ: What is the name of Posner's book about the philosophy of law? ("The Problems of Jurisprudence" AP pg. 118)

    DQ: What is law? What makes it effective or ineffective? How far should the law be able to reach? What limitations should be placed?

    Link: Here's a brief commentary by Posner about his personal philosophy. . .

  7. Erin Hebstova11:56 AM CST

    Okay so im really late at posting this so im really sorry but here is what I have compiled for the midterm report

    - I am going to talk about Pyrrho Skepticism

    -I am going to talk about Pyrrho Skepticism

    --I am going to talk about Pyrrho Skepticism and then transition to Epicurus thoughts on overcoming fear of death

    - Im going to use the comic about the field and happiness to talk about Epicurus thoughts that the simple things can bring happiness.

  8. FQ, AP: T/F: According to Dworkin, most people believed the abortion debate centered on a polarizing question, "Is a fetus a helpless unborn child with rights and interests of its own from the moment of conception?"

    DQ: Does America think that this is the main question when arguing about abortion?

    Link: http://faculty.fullerton.edu/mring/Dworkin.htm

    This link talks about Dworkin's views on abortion.

  9. Erin Herbstova12:32 PM CST

    FQ: What did Hobbes call "an agreement to give up some of their dangerous freedoms for the sake of saftey"?_________ "Social Contract pg. 59 LH
    FQ:What is the name of Hobbes most famous and important book? ____ "Leviathan" pg. 59 LH
    DQ: What are your thoughts on Hobbes' oppinion about society and soverignty?
    DQ: What do you think life would be like without rules and laws?
    DQ: Do you agree with Thomas Hobbes that all people are selfish?
    DQ: What are your thoughts on Thomas Hobbes idea that without laws we would live in a "state of nature"?
    Link: This is a pretty cool link about a letter written by Thomas Hobbes that was found in 2012 that could have had an effect on the English Civil War! http://www.livescience.com/18648-thomas-hobbes-letter-england-civil-war.html
    Link: This link itslef is not that intresting but the idea behind it I found to be really unique real life application and example of Hobbes idea on how people will act in the abscense of law. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/philosopherszone/thomas-hobbes-and-the-crisis-of-authority-in-new/3369722

  10. FQ: who believed that "art can be externally dictated to, in terms either of fashion or of politics, but internal dictation by the pulse of its own history is now a thing of the past." Danto pg. 122

    FQ: According to Danto Post-historical meant_______________ because in an age of extreme aesthetic pluralism. post-narrative pg. 122

    DQ:Is there anything that defines art anymore?

    After the End of Art: by Arthur C. Danto
    Link: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/5911.html