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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Group 2, Section 10 Discussion 9/9

Tuesday's Class: 9/9

Our group discussed whether or not someone can feel or understand happiness without ever feeling or knowing what it is like to be sad. Group members also brought up knowing the differences between joy and happiness, the innocence factor in children, and being able to find a balance of happiness and sadness.


  1. Factual questions:
    1) True or false: Plato, Aristotle and Pyrrho all shared similar philosophical views
    2) Epicurus's school in which he taught philosophy was known by what name?
    3) What was the name of Lucretius's poem in which he summarized the key teachings of Epicurus's school of philosophy?

    Discussion Questions:
    1) Does the thought of death make the experience of life more enjoyable?
    2) What is a miracle to you?
    3) Would you prefer your existence simply ended with your death, or would you want to have an immortal afterlife?

    Reading about Epicurus gave me the impression that he never really let anything get to him or make him worry too much. He had a very laid back view on life. Because of this, Bob Marley's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" popped into my head. I figured it was appropriate for Epicurus.


    Al Green also did a song called "Everything's Gonna Be Alright'. Different song, different words, different melody, but the message is pretty much the same.


  2. FQ:
    What was one thing Epicurus did not spend a lot of time doing?
    - Writing
    Do you believe in miracles why or why not?

    Link: http://www.epicurus.net/en/history.html

  3. Anonymous9:38 PM CDT

    Caitlin Bates
    Section 10, Group 2 FQ's and DQ's for 9/11
    1) Epicurus was born on the Greek island of ___ in the ___.
    -Samos, Aegan
    2) How did Epicurus think he could cure his followers of their fear of death?
    -by pointing out the difference between what we feel about the future and what we feel about the past

    Do you believe in miracles? Or do you just believe in good luck?


  4. FQ:

    Why did Blaise Pascal come up with the gamblers argument?

    To explain to his gambling atheist friends a rational reason as to why they should believe.


    Can someone choose to believe in god?


  5. FQ: Epicurus believed that philosophy should be _______
    (A: Practical)

    What is an 'epicure'?
    (A: someone who loves eating fine foods, someone who indulges in luxury and sensual pleasure.)

    DQ: Have you ever experienced a miracle? In your own life, or witnessed somebody a miracle in somebody else's life?

    According to the Gambler's Argument, the best way to maximize our possible winnings, and minimize our possible losses is to believe in God. Do you agree with this?

  6. FQ:
    Epictetus, one of the best-know later stoics, started out as a (slave).

    Do you believe in the reasoning, "Our thoughts are up to us?"