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Monday, April 14, 2014

Why Not?

Today in class we did not get anytime to talk in our group.  But Dr. Oliver reiterated what we need to be except from the final exam and the presentation. If you have a 90% or above on exam one and two, you will not need to take the third exam.  We also tallied up score cards to see if we will be except from the presentation.


  1. Stephanie Byars2:57 PM CDT

    FQ: What branch of philosophy did Ayer and the logical positivism movement consider meaningless? Hint: It was studied by Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer. (Metaphysics, LH pg. 191)

    DQ: Is something "meaningless" if it can't be proven?

    Link: Ayer on Logical Positivism

  2. FQ: Rorty concluded that to "give up on the idea that philosophy gets nearer to truth, and to interpret it as who did? AP 151 (Dewey)

    What is progress in knowledge? What is progress in science?

    Rorty on Truth

  3. FQ: Who was Bertrand Russell's godfather (whom he never met but nevertheless had a great influence on him)? (John Stuart Mill)

    FQ: T/F: Bertrand Russell thought that religion (Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism especially) was necessary and good for mankind. (F)

    FQ: What was Russell's favorite area of philosophy? (hint: he is a mathematician) (Answer: logic)

    DQ: Russell was a pacifist in the extreme, yet he was not opposed to WWII. Why do you think this is?


    page about Russell.

  4. FQ: Who founded a branch of mathematics that Hugh Mellor spoke about?
    FQ,ANS: Frank Ramsey (PB 215)

    DQ: How can someone prove that their theories are successful?


  5. FQ: According to Frank Ramsey, _______ is the property of beliefs which ensures that if you act on beliefs with this property, you will get what you want.
    -PB page 218 Truth

    DQ:Is Ramsey's definition of truth useful in a Utilitarian or Pragmatist sense?

    Link: http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Ramsey.html
    Here is a short biography of Frank Ramsey