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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Section 10 Group 1 (The PhilOliphers?) 09/09

Today our conversation was greatly inspired by some of the great DQ's Dr. Oliver showed as examples which brought us to many different topics. First we talked about what true happiness really means. We came to some admission that happiness comes from many different factors including satisfaction of will, virtues and morals, and sense of accomplishment. We also addressed the question of whether or not children can experience true happiness, to which we unanimously agreed that children may have the capacity to experience an equal amount of happiness as an adult can, they just might be happy for different reasons.

In response to the will of community vs. the individual someone in the group (sorry I forget your name at the moment, please remind me) beautifully summed up the answer as "we are all one soul, and each of us is a part of it". Somewhat branching from that we lightly touched on what goal does the human race work toward and how that factors into our sense of world citizenship. From there we kind of got off topic and talked about subjects from education to competition and the benevolence/malevolence of God. All in all we had a very productive discussion that left me thinking for a while.

On a side note, the newest episode of Radiolab just came out and is packed with philosophy, mostly nihilism, and it is really entertaining.

Also, when and if we get to talking about nihilism I will be imagining this scene every time.


  1. I'm looking forward to your film analysis!

  2. FQ: What does Pascal's Wager ask people to view religion as?

    DQ: If your view of faith was based entirely on Pascal's Wager, which option would you choose and why? What outcomes would you be okay with making?

    Here is an animated video of the miracles of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq8gE-lQsis

  3. FQ:
    A criticism of the Gambler's Argument for God claims that this procedure is insincere and motivated by self-interest. Who voiced this claim?

    The over glorification of a miracle certainly sets up the argument that other's can say such accounts are merely tall tales or clever manipulations. If passing down the story of a so called miracle hurts it's reputation why does this still happen? Aren't the people propagating miracles directly creating valid reasons of doubt?

    My belief in God in a nutshell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_in_the_Bah%C3%A1'%C3%AD_Faith

  4. FQ- What was Pyrrho's reason for never getting worked up about anything? LH. 18

    DQ- Do you agree with Epicurus' views on death and why the fear of death was an unreasonable fear?

    Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R6BYr0nMP8
    Video breaks down Epicurus and the Ethics of him and his studies.

  5. Anonymous10:19 PM CDT

    Francisco Pezzimenti
    What is the non realm about God criticism? Answer: it is a disguised kind of atheism
    If you could only choose 2 qualities for God between Omnipotent, Omniscent and Benevolent, which 2 would you choose and why?

    Related Link

  6. Anonymous9:42 AM CDT

    Peyton Tilley
    1) The belief that, there "might" be a god so the best option is to believe, is called?
    2) What are one of the three questions anyone should ask to be happy?
    1) Do you think Pascal's Wager is morally right?
    2) Do you think non-realism should be considered another form of atheism?


  7. Katherine McCann
    1. What was the main teaching of scepticism?
    ‘Don’t commit, and you won’t be disappointed. Keep an open mind.”
    2. What was Epicurus’ school of philosophy called?
    ‘The Garden’

    ‘I was not; I have been; I will not; I do not mind;” This was a famous quote of Epicurus’ that imply his views on death and experiencing it. He believed that we do not actually experience our own death; it’s not an event we attend. Do you think we experience death? Is there some afterlife for us or do we just ‘not’ when death occurs?

    Link! :)
    This is the video I was talking about last class that pretty much summarizes my religious views! (I believe in God, but the church isn't my favorite)