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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Oliver's Favs

Hey guys,

Yesterday we discussed the philosophy of miracles.  Jessie told us about his dad, who was diagnosed with a large cancerous tumor.  He had a biopsy performed and the next day the tumor was completely gone. Thoughts on this?
We also talked about the question of whether or not we are born free, which steered the conversation towards defining "free."
We need to start working on a study guide, so everyone post a couple potential exam questions.  I'll fill in the rest.

James McVey


  1. I was floating Wed and ended up in group 2. We got to talking about miracles also there was slight confusion on my part on the miracle understand, but Prof. Oliver cleared that up for me. We discussed a lot about "one's self". We talked about the the buddhist view and perspective on it along with Hume's view. I can see how there is question that if we take all the parts that make up a self there must not be anything there. I believe this is what lead many people to believe Hume was an Atheist although he never claimed to be. Overall great discussion.

    1. What's the all-time Philosophy best-seller (excluding the Bible) Durant's Story of Philosophy, AP 170
    2. What did Hume relate the basis of scientific reasoning to? (Animal Instinct, PB pg. 103)
    3. What distinction of John Locke's did Berkeley reject? primary/secondary qualities
    4. What does 'Esse est percipi' mean? to be is to be perceived
    5. What does cogito ergo sum mean? I think therefore I am

  2. FQ: According to ________ it was possible by a pure excerise of reason to arrive at substantive conclusions about nature of reality.
    DQ: Without having analytic truth, could we still have synthetic truth?
    Link: http://eng7001.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/groundwork-for-critical-theory/