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Monday, March 24, 2014

Why Not?

    Today in class we divided up the reading, between group members and philosophers. Also our next exam is a week from Wednesday, so we decided to all bring in about 10 questions for the review, as we did before.
    Other topics discussed in group

  • Where do ideas come from?
  • Implications of nonexistence
  • Definition of existence


  1. Stephanie Byars11:06 AM CDT

    My questions come from Philosophy Bites Back section on David Hume. It discusses why Hume was important to philosophy and discusses his beliefs on reason and God.

    FQ: What did Hume relate the basis of scientific reasoning to? (Animal Instinct, PB pg. 103)

    DQ: What are your thoughts on Hume's ideas from "Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" about miracles? Do you think the advancement of technology changes anything?

    Link: David Hume and his theory of knowledge

  2. Today I got my questions from America the philosophical. I still find this text awfully hard to follow.

    FQ: Which Rutgers University English Professor examined more than 3,000 specimens in order to put together his 939-page anthology of classic American sermons? -Micheal Warner, AP. 164

    DQ: Do sermons have a meaningful place and purpose in the modern world?

    Here is a link to Micheal Warner's reply to a review of his Anthology.

  3. FQ: Would Hume agree with the statement that: "Nature clearly appears to be designed by some intelligence. Therefore, an all powerful, all knowing, and all good God must exist." (No)

    FQ: What was the name of Hume's Christian friend who asked him if he was worried about what would happen to him (Hume) after death. (James Boswell)

    FQ: Would Hume agree that we should take anecdotal stories about miracles seriously? (Nope)

    DQ: If we are indeed designed by the divine, are our souls part of the physical design or is that a separate process? Meaning, at what point, if at all, are our souls engineered if they are indeed separate from our physical bodies? -note: if dualism holds true, God must have some great IT guys because there probably have been some software-hardware incompatibilities in the history of existence.

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  5. My questions come from Philosophy Bites Back section on Melissa Lane.

    FQ: What is amour-propre? pg.118 Is myself-esteem, my vanity, my sense of how others see me.

    FQ: What the book name that Rousseau describe that the imaginary eduaction of a boy by a single tutor.pg 120 ( Emile published in 1762)

    FQ: who used to say that Rousseau is society seen from the bottom up? pg.122 (Judith Shklar)

    Link for Rousseau's Émile: Or, Treatise on Education

    Èmile Summary

  6. FQ: What economist taught philosophy at glasgow university and was a close friend to David Hume?
    ANS: Adam Smith

    DQ: Why do we like to consider people who do not have much evidence of being philosophers, a philosopher?

    Link discussing Smith's moral and political philosophy.

  7. Erin Herbstova2:19 PM CDT

    FQ: What did Rousseau's philosophy influence?
    DQ: What did you think of Rousseau's political interpretation in philosophy?
    Link: Here are some quick facts about Rousseau: http://www.biography.com/people/jean-jacques-rousseau-9465453