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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Section 13 Group 3

     Class began as usual today. Mr. Phil first talked of important things coming up such as our next exam on Monday 10th and to keep in mind our final project.  He then went over his FQs and DQs as always and then let us create our own. Then we all took a quick quiz. We then delegated Melissa as moderator and me, Shania, as author. Once discussion began my group became quiet vocal ranging from a variety of different topics.
     First we choose to discuss how brilliant the eye is but still have so many imperfections for instance many people wear glasses or are blind.  Then we got on to the topic of if there was a spiritual world out there would everyone be perfect?  This is similar to the belief that if you are crippled in any way during life, once you die and go to heaven you are no longer crippled at all.  We then all agreed that we do not have true freedom because of several reasons mentioned by each member of the group. Alex's reason that we are not truly free was because we do not have the freedom of our existence.  In other words we are not given a choice at birth of whether we want to be male or female or if we even want to be human. After that we moved on to a lighter topic.  We talked of the time changed that occurred this weekend and how it plays tricks on your mind days after.  Ricardo's absences were briefly joked about and then it was time to go.


  1. FQs:
    1. About what year did Burke get into parliamentary politics?
    2. According to Burke what two tendencies do human have?
    1. In certain circumstances do you think lying is okay or is it ALWAYS wrong?
    2. Does true happiness stem from single pleasures or from a collection of ones entire life? Maybe true happiness is a bit of both?

  2. Good job, Group 3, both in covering interesting ground in your discussions and in promptly telling us about it. The only time all three groups' authors post in a timely way, it seems, is when I complain. Now I'm complaining about having to complain. Sigh.

  3. Jim Bratton12:04 PM CST

    FQs and DQs for November 5

    "Kant, Bentham"
    1. What was the name of Immanuel Kant's most famous book?
    2. Kant argued that you should only act on maxims that were _______.
    1. How do you go about measuring happiness?

    "Bourke, Moore"
    1. (T/F) Bourke is now regarded as one of the founders of modern conservatism.
    2. What is probably the most famous mathematical example used by Kant of a synthetic a priori truth?

  4. FQ: T/F Kant believed that people should do good things out of the goodness in their hearts, and not just because they know it is the right thing to do.
    DQ: Consider Bentham's theory of happiness, in which to be happy means having the most pleasure and the least pain, or seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. Can you describe a better definition for happiness? Is that the way you live life?

  5. Kant
    1. What was the name of Kant's most famous book?
    2. T/F Kant believed that if your actions are based on your emotions, then they are not moral actions.
    1. Do you agree with Kant that we have an absolute duty to tell the truth, no matter the circumstances?
    1. T/F The Greatest Happiness Principle states that the right thing to do is whatever will produce the most happiness.
    2. What is the name of the method used to calculate happiness?
    1. Do you think that you can truly understand what it is to be happy if you have never experienced pain?
    1. What was the title of Burke's book on the French Revolution?
    1. Do you agree with Burke that when trying to rebuild nations abroad you should approach it like you were reforming your own country?
    1. T/F Metaphysics is the general attempt to understand what the basic structure of reality is like.
    1. Can you imagine a world where no one makes decisions based upon emotions, but only moral duties? Is this a world you would want to live in? Why or Why not?

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS9bey162PU

    If you are still not sure what utilitarianism is or how Bentham was involved with it I suggest watch this. Its entertaining and explains things.

  6. Kant/Benthem

    FQ: What was Kant's most famous book called?

    DQ: do you agree with kant that it is ALWAYS morally wrong to lie?

    FQ: T/F Jeremy Bentham believed in utilitarianism

    DQ: do you think that pain and pleasure are our only natural "guides" as bentham suggests?