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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Why Not Study Guide

Today half of our group went out side, after we divided up reading and decide on study guide.

Under this post we will each post one question, which will make up our 10 Question study guide for the group.


  1. Question #1:

    What does 'Esse est percipi' mean? *to be is to be perceived

  2. Question #4:

    Who wrote in his Social Contract that "man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains,'" but also said people must sometimes be "forced to be free"? -Rousseau

    FQ: Who thought synthetic a priori knowledge, knowledge that reveals truth about the world yet is arrived at independant of experience, was possible? -Immanuel Kant LH 113

    DQ: Do emotions and intentions play a part in whether or not a person is considered to be acting morally, or is morality a strictly reason-based claim?

    Link: Here is a link to a three minute philosophy video all about Immanuel Kant. It's a bit vulgar at places, but I thought it was funny and rather informative. =]

  3. Stephanie Byars4:06 PM CDT

    Study Guide Question: (T/F) John Locke believed that someone could be the same "man" but not the same person as time goes on. (ANS: True)

    FQ: Who helped spark the collapse of high/low distinctions with his commentary on the arts and supported vaudeville, comics, TV, radio, movies, and jazz? (Gilbert Seldes, AP pg. 175)

    DQ: Does a work being crude or "lowbrow" devalue its importance?

    DQ2: What are examples of "lowbrow" art/media today?

    Link: Here's a short video about Aesthetics which is a a branch of philosophy that's about the nature of art, beauty, and taste. . .

  4. Study guide question: (T/F) Voltaire was strongly opposed to the separation of church and state. (F)

    FQ: In 1839, lowbrow ___________ _________, performing in 'As You Like It' at Philadelphia's American Theater, shared the bill with a "magnificent display" of gymnastic position. (William Burton, pg. 172)

    FQ: Who was counted as popular entertainment in nineteenth-century America? (Shakespeare, pg. 173)

    DQ: D.W. Griffith's "middlebrow" piece, "The Birth of a Nation," was aimed at the masses, and was met with great success. Seeing how this is a tremendously racist film, despite its production scale, what are the implications of this for american society.?

    DQ: How would you define something (if anything) as a type of brow? (low, middle, or high). Is this an arbitrary value? Is it Subjective?

  5. Also; Grant, Ian and I went on a peripatetic walk during the allotted discussion time. We talked about what it means to be "forced to be free." Whether or not God exists. Whether or not time travel is possible. And if we are alone in the universe.

  6. No offense to the typical class discussions, but I found the peripatetic walk during last class to be far more compelling than most of our usual talks. We did not stay on a particular topic but instead we danced around several areas in science and metaphysics. Here are some links to some of the things I had brought up on the walk.

    Steven Hawking on time travel:

    Steven Hawking's interesting concept of a time traveler's party to be visited by those who successfully travel back from the future:

    That big breakthrough in science recently that I couldn't quite remember.

    I dont know if this was the original article, but this one is about the potential to prove that our consciousness goes elsewhere after death.

    If any of that was interesting to the rest of you, I invite you to join us on the next walk.

  7. FQ: Who does Romano say America is smashing them on philosophy while they are smashing high/low cliches of the arts?
    Seldes, Sontag, and others

    DQ: Do we think that america is above others in philosophy?

    Link on top ten art cliches:

  8. Erin Herbstova1:22 PM CDT

    FQ: what did Bentham call his actual body? A: auto-icon
    FQ:What was the Panopticon? A: a circular prison; " a machine for grinding rogues honest"
    DQ: Do you try to embrace Benthams Greatest Happiness Principle? Is that always the best way to make descions about what you are going to do?

    Link: So the chapter starts out by talking about the Jeremy Benthams body in a glass case so this is a link to an article from The Telegraph about the body and has a picture of it. Its a short article but rather interesting