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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Section 9 Group 1

Today our group divided into two  groups: one that stayed at class during the discussions part and the other group (included me) had a sympathetic peripatetic walk. We didn't go far since the time was limited but we were able to have a productive philosophic discussion. We discussed whether we  agreed with "mercy killing". Me, as a future doctor, don't have a definitive decision yet about this topic because i believe doctors are supposed to save lives, and not kill. While, on the other hand, mercy killing "saves" someone's life, maybe not the life of the person being "killed". Consider this scenario: a patient that is brain dead and that has no chance that he will get better or regain conciseness, doctor puts him to sleep with the family's consent.  In this particular case, the patient being put at sleep didn't lose anything (he was already "dead") but his family has the possibility to move on with their lives and maybe be debt free (we know how expensive medical bills can get).
We also talked about whether God created more goodness in our world. We agreed that this is so subjective and it depends. The place where you live, or the kind of life that one lives are important factors in defining whether there is more goodness or evil around us.


  1. FQ:
    1. what was Boethius's medieval bestseller?
    2. Aristotle believed animals existed for who's sake?
    1. If you knew you had days to live, how would you spend your time?
    2. Is the world a better place whenever you have a pet?

  2. FQ's:
    1. (T/F) Boethius turned to Jesus Christ in his final moments.
    2. Boethius embraced the Plato's belief that men needed _____ to confront and deal with evil in the world.

    1. Do you believe that God can only be found in "goodness" itself and nowhere else?
    2. What kind of tools do you think are necessary for us to use against evil?


  3. FQ's:
    1. Nothing, Philosophy tells Boethius, is terrible in itself - it all depends on ______. (5 words)
    2. Our apparent duties towards animals are really indirect duties towards whom?

    1. What is your outlook on how free will works?
    2. Do you think animals have souls?

    This is a painting of Philosophy appearing and conversing with Boethius.

  4. FQ's:
    1. Where did Boethius write his finally book?
    2. Why was Boethius sentenced to live in prison?

    1. The lady Boethius encounters, Philosophy, tells him that luck always changes and mortals are foolish to find happiness in things controlled by luck. Do you believe this? What is considered luck?
    2. If God is all knowing and can predict our future moves and thoughts, is your life all a choice, or are you pre-destine in the things you do?

    This is a link discussing Boethius and his Free Will and Divine Foreknowledgehttps://www.carroll.edu/msmillie/philomed/FWandDF.htm