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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Daily Quiz

April 9

1. What's usually taken to be the moral or point of the Abraham & Isaac story, for Christians? OR, Who was the Danish Socrates and what was most of his writing about?

2. Did Kierkegaard, himself a Christian, think it might be necessary for people of faith to commit morally wrong actions? OR, Did he consider religious faith rational?

3. What 20th century atheistic French philosopher (or philosophical movement) took inspiration from Kierkegaard?

4. What was  the plight of 19th century  industrial workers that made Karl Marx angry? OR, How did Marx explain history? OR, What did Marx mean by alienation?

5. What was Marx's famous slogan expressing the cooperative intentions of communism? OR, What was his famous declaraction alluding to Rousseau's Social Contract? OR, What did Marx call religion? OR, What did Marx want to do that he thought previous philosophers hadn't done?

6. What "complacency among his fellow Christians" did Kierkegaard criticize? (PB)

7. Which American critic was an aspiring socialist as a young man, a fan of Marx & Nietzsche, and a sharp critic of lawyers? OR, Which fan of Emerson's said New Age pseudo-philosophy resembles American religion? OR, Which Palestinian New Yorker siad "no one today is purely one thing?"

DQ: Would you kill another human being if you thought an authoritative voice in your head was commanding you to do so? Will you tell your children that you would, and encourage them to do likewise? What will you tell them about questioning authority , thinking for themselves, and ethical conscience? What will you tell them about psychopathic & cult-driven violence in America? What will you tell them about Malala? ["teleological suspension of the ethical" etc.]

DQ: What did Marx get right, and what did he get wrong? Do you expect to be employed at some point in your post-collegiate life, or maybe from then on, in some form of alienating or exploitative work? What will you do about that, if it happens?

1.152-3   2.154   3.156   4159,161   5.161-2   6.167   7.212-3, 217, 230


  1. DQ: Kierkegaard) For those of you who are religious--If God spoke to you, and asked you to kill your son, would you do it? Why or why not?

    (FQ) What did Karl Marx compare religion to? Opium, "religion is the opium of the people."
  2. FQ) who is often described as the father of faith? Abraham

    DQ) If there are so many interpretations do you not think there may be somethings misconstrued in these books.

    Link: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/abraham.html
  1. FQ: _________ saw himself as a kind of Socrates of Christendom? - Kierkegaard pg. 168 PB

    DQ: Was Abraham's decision to sacrifice his son Isaac really any kind of admirable act?

    Link: http://www.exchristian.net/uploaded_images/ByTheBook32-710681.PNG
  2. FQ: Who wrote a "spiritual autobiography" titled "Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection"? (Harold Bloom, AP 217)

    DQ: What's your opinion on Bloom's view of angels, prophetic dreams, and near death experiences?

    Link: http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/dbanach/dcarg.htm
  3. FQ: What was the name of the 19th century Danish philosopher and Christian theologian who wrote the book "Fear and Trembling?"
    FQ: What biblical story does Kierkegaard focus on?
    FQ: What questions about the Christian faith does Kierkegaard raise?
    FQ: What was Kierkegaard's pseudonym that his first book was published under in 1843?
    FQ: Kierkegaard highlights that Abraham's faith appears to be __________.
    FQ: Kierkegaard saw himself as the __________ of ___________.

    DQ: Do you think that the Christian ideal is actually attainable?

    LINK: http://www.solargeneral.com/library/fear-and-trembling-johannes-de-silentio.pdf
    This is a pdf file of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling.
    1. FQ: What historic event/era created the conditions which inspired much of Marx's Philosophy?

      FQ: What two social classes were at odds with each other, according to Marx?

      DQ: I've heard so many people say that Communism looks great on "paper", but doesn't work in practice. Why??

      LINK: http://listverse.com/2013/01/17/10-reasons-why-communism-sucks/
    2. FQ: Who wrote the book Fear and Trembling, which was about Abraham's thoughts and feelings during the attempted sacrifice of his son Issac? Kierkegaard (LH 152-153)

      DQ: Kierkegaard wrote a lot about decision making after his choice to call off an engagement; one of his books gives the reader the choice of a life of pleasure and chasing beauty or a life based on moral rules. Which would you chose? Why? Which life do you think would be more fulfilling?

      LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q70ZXD4Qvbo
    3. FQ:What is the name of the father in the biblical story that Kierkegaard writes about?

      DQ: Do you believe it was immoral for Abraham to be so willing to kill his own son?

      DQ: Do you believe that a book like this would strengthen or weaken your Christian faith?
  4. LH: Life's Sacrifices, Soren Kierkegaard

    DQ: Kierkegaard talks a lot about Abraham and his sacrifice lamb, which was his son Isaac. If called by God to sacrifice your child would you do it, would you have enough faith to even temp it and expect God to show up at the last minute?

    FQ: What does Kierkegaard say faith requires? Risk p154

    FQ: What is the name of Kierkegaard book that tells about this sacrifice of Abraham? Fear and Trembling p152

    FQ: What is the Danish meaning of the name Kierkegaard? graveyard p153

    A video of Abraham taking Isaac to be sacrifice for the lamb:
FQ: Howe credited what with making him a scholar? (18 month military service in Alaska in World War II [AP pg 213])
DQ: Would you that the youth are just "critics" and are appalling?
Link: Article in the New York Times about Irving Howe: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/05/06/obituaries/irving-howe-72-critic-editor-and-socialist-dies.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

FQ- Which philosopher liked to think of himself as the Danish Socrates? (Soren Kierkegaard)
FQ- True or False. Kierkegaard did not use his name when writing books or other works of literature (true)
FQ- What was Karl Marx's vision( from each according to his ability, to each according his need)

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