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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Section 9- Group 1 (42)

Today we had just enough time to analyze three of the discussion questions. We came up with some pretty great answers to each of them with the group for the most part agreeing on each topic. The first question we discussed was " Do you agree with Socrates that 'an unexamined' life isn't worth living? Two opposing sides formed, one side had the claim of being able to exist but not live. For example you can be as rich as possible or work your whole life, but if you don't know why you're working then you aren't really living. The opposing side was if you're alive then that should be enough. It wouldn't hurt you whether you know why you exist or not. A lot of people go their whole lives not knowing their purpose in life, but that doesn't mean they aren't happy or hollow shells of a human. Our second discussion question was " would you die for your beliefs just like Socrates did?" We came to a unanimous agreement that just because you say you renounce your beliefs doesn't mean that you stop believing, thus leading to the conclusion that it would not be worth dying for. Our third and final question was "are there 'good' people? Are there 'bad' people?" to which we agreed that it would depend from person to person on what they find good or bad. The discussion was quick, but we remained engaged the whole time and enjoyed ourselves.


  1. Anonymous8:41 PM CDT

    Chuck Moore here:

    FQ's: 1. Aristotle's belief that every virtue lies between two extremes is known as his doctrine of what?
    2. Which argument attempting to prove God's existence is the only one not based on evidence?

    DQ's: Do you agree with Aristotle's idea of eudaimonia, or do you think true happiness is attainable in other ways?
    What is your stance on the Problem of Evil?

    Plenty of information about ontological arguments here: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ontological-arguments/

  2. FQ:
    1)What is the purpose of our existence according to Aristotle?
    2) Does the Design Argument depends on evidence?

    1)What evidence supports the existence (or not) of a God?
    2) What is your understanding of happiness?


  3. Jason Robinson2:51 AM CDT

    Aristotle wrote works intended for two different audiences, the public and the schools. What are the names for these two groups of works?

    What is your stance on idealism vs. materialism? Do you believe in mind over matter or vice-versa?

    Here is a useful little intro to idealism and materialism for those not familiar with them.


    I also recommend reading about Plato's Cave if you are not familiar with it, as it is a prime example of idealism.

  4. Anonymous5:49 AM CDT

    Evan Wick Section 9 (Group 3)

    FQ: What is the design argument also known as?

    DQ: Do you believe that multiple religions and ideologies could be right about the afterlife?

    link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzMJRqgKWWs

  5. Jordan Clanagan Section 9 Group 1 (42)

    1. What is meant by the tern Eudamonia?
    2. Fill in the blanks: Good behavior patterns are _________.
    Bad behavior patterns are __________.
    1. Do you believe that people are able to be happy when they are not experiencing some form of pleasure?
    2. Is happiness measurable? Quantifiable?

  6. Katie Knell

    1. Why did Aristotle think that children could not be happy?
    2. What is another name for the Fine Tuning Argument?

    1. Is there a specific argument that you particularly agree or disagree with on the existence of God? If so, why?
    2. Do you think people who died young could have still lived a happy life?

    People's outlook on what it means to be happy.