When you get to class, immediately join your group and begin discussing the proposed FQs & DQs. Select one or two of each and designate a member of your group to go up and write them on the board. When we have six good questions we'll do a quick quiz, then go over the correct answers.You can pick up additional runs by having your FQ picked for the quiz, by acing the quiz, by transcribing and posting the quiz, and in other ways (again, see the right-margin sidebar).
Each group should also select and write on the board one or two Discussion Questions (DQs) - see below.*
Today we'll select our three discussion groups. Perhaps you'll all have posted enough FQs about today's readings in P & PB to generate our first quiz. But just in case you haven't, here's a prototype we can use today (and emulate in the future):
1. (P 1) "Philosophy" (the word) is derived from the Greek word meaning what?
2. (P 3) The caricature of a philosopher is of a brilliant person who is hopeless at dealing with what?
3. (P 6) Does Nigel think philosophy is all you need (instead of art, literature, history, psychology etc.)?
4. (PB xi) Who's the "favourite" of the philosophers polled in Philosophy Bites Back?
5. (PB xi) Name another philosopher who received several votes.
6. (PB xxiii) Robert Talisse names John Stuart Mill as his fave. What was Mill's most famous book?
*Some possible DQs (after the quiz we'll vote on our favorite, to kick off a brief class discussion followed by longer group discussion, which - if it's nice out - some of you may wish to do peripatetically):
1. What do you think "wisdom" means?
2. Do you think philosophy should be "practical"? Why? How?
3. How do you think having a personal philosophy might contribute to living "a good life"?
4. Who's YOUR favorite philosopher? Why?
5. Do you think a philosophy has to be popular to be good?
6. What does it mean to you to be "free"? (OR, Why is freedom important?)
During the Last 10 Minutes of each class, each group selects an author to post the beginning of a summary of their group discussion, to be edited and extended later after class if necessary. (The author gets a run, as does the day's bell-ringer who'll let us all know that we just have 10 minutes left.) Before next class, everyone in the group should post a comment in reply to your author, as well as a FQ and a DQ pertaining to next time's assignment.
UPDATE for Section 8, Jan.22: Fun class today!- despite the pandemonium at the end when we couldn't quite get ourselves sorted into discussion groups. But we'll get it done on Tuesday. You can post your comments and questions (FQs & DQs) here or in subsequent posts, pending selection of your own groups' authors next week. jpo