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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quiz Jan.22

The first part of our Daily Routine (see the right-margin sidebar on our homepage) will be a crowd-sourced quiz consisting of six questions to be drawn from the Factual Questions (FQs) you've posted before class (supplemented by my quiz questions) pertaining to the day's assigned reading.
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


  1. I believe this where we post the DQ's and FQ's? I apologize if I am mistaken.... My DQ is related to the reading in (PB): Concerning Erotic Love, would it be possible for the majority of our society (let's assume the United States' society) to accept any of the suggested definitions of Erotic Love as a normal way of perceiving love? This may mean breaking away from the ideas of traditional marriage, beauty, etc.

  2. Dr. Oliver, I'm assuming this is how to answer the questions we have been assigned in class. If not, please correct me.

    1. What's my definition of philosophy? basic outlook on life
    2. Do I have a favorite philosopher? not particularly
    3. Can I summarize my current, personal philosophy on life? The harder you work for something, the greater you'll feel when you achieve it

    Questions from Books
    1. Philosophy: The Basics- What is philosophy's most distinctive feature?
    2. Philosophy Bites Back- What is the similarity between Michel de Montaigne and Friedrich Nietzschein in Sarah Bakewell's response?

  3. -Favorite philosopher would have to be Slavoj Zizek

    -My definition of philosophy would be, the understanding of ideologies and how they form in a population and how that relates to the culture.

    -Summary of my philosophy on life; A society of mass consumption leads new innovations, but to not be tempted by over indulgence is almost impossible. Once you have complacency planted it is hard to eradicate it. although once you break away from complacency you find answers with questions and that is life.

  4. Kayla Karlovic10:59 PM CDT

    Hopefully this is where we do all the questions and whatnot for the readings. I am in Section 10

    Essays from This I Believe that I enjoyed: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/5704/ (about perseverance), http://thisibelieve.org/essay/90075/ (about a girl who self-harmed but overcame it and now helps others find a better outlet), http://thisibelieve.org/essay/139925/ (about forgiveness)

    Factual questions for Socrates and Plato (LH) and McCabe and Hobbs (PB)
    1) Who was one of Socrates' most famous students?
    2) The term 'Eros' means what?
    3) What was te name of Plato's famous dialogue in which he described love?
    4) The teachers who taught rich mens' sons the art of speech-making were whom?

    Discussion questions for Socrates and Plato (LH) and McCabe and Hobbs (PB)
    1) Is discussions more important than introspection or writing our thoughts?
    2) In discussion and debate, what are some benefits to the Socratic method?
    3) How has the definition of erotic love changed from Plato's time to today?
    4) What does love mean? Is there more than one kind of love?

    And a little extra on Plato's ideas of love...
    This is a fairly short YouTube clip featuring a discussion from an Oxford University talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5QQq1d0e8c
    And this article just has a little more about Plato and the ideas featured in his writing on erotic love: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hide-and-seek/201206/plato-true-love

  5. Anonymous9:56 AM CDT

    Caitlin Bates Section 10
    I am not an author but here are my FQ's and DQ for today's class (9/2)

    1) From an old post, which project finally drew Dr. Oliver to "compendium of insight and delight?"
    2) (PB) Who's the "favourite" of the philosophers polled in Philosophy Bites Back?
    3) What does "peripatetic" mean?

    Do you believe everything happens by chance or for a reason?

    The essays that I found most intriguing were...

    I really liked their views and insight. I believe their is a deeper meaning as to why things happen. Philosophy is a good outlet to express that.

  6. Section 8
    What's your definition of "philosophy"? Philosophy is a way of thinking that allows someone to open doors to a new view on the different aspects of life.

    Do you have a favorite philosopher? I have never really had a favorite philosopher because I have never really had a desire to have one until just recently. Therefore I looked up some philosophers and David Hume does seem to be a brilliant philosopher.
    Can you summarize your current, personal philosophy of life? How people treat you is their karma (good/bad), and how you react is yours.

    DQ from (P): What assumptions do people tend to make about philosophers, and in your opinion why to you think that is?
    FQ: According to Nigel Warburton, Is the word philosophy used in a "narrow" or "broad" sense?

    Essays from "This I Believe" that I found to be great wisdom,
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16872/ The Elixir of Growth
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/163259/ Dad's Legacy "But at least once in a while, we ought to take off our masks and be deeply, honestly human with each other. Love is all we really have—fortunately, it’s all that matters.

  7. Section 8

    I hope this is where we post the links to the essays from "This I Believe"

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/22868/ Disrupting My Comfort Zone "If we are not growing, we are dying"-Love it!
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/3076/ This I Believe

    Both very inspirational reads!

    1. I thought those were wonderful as well! A great website to read for some true inspiration.

  8. Section 8
    What is your definition of philosophy? Philosophy is the evaluating and expressing of view points and certain beliefs amongst a society, with the goal of satiating a thirst for knowledge.

    Who is your favorite philosopher? I haven't had a particular person in mind until recently when I started researching philosophers. After searching I found a person who isn't necessarily considered a philosopher, but a very impactful and memorable man in our society. This man is Vince Lombardi, who not only lives on in football hall of fame but continues to touch lives with his life philosophies. One that I found particularly vital and relevant to everybody is this: "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

    Essays on This I Believe.
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16872/ The Elixir of Growth was very inspirational and such an open minded way of looking at the world.
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/23878/ The Act of Giving Thanks is such a great example of how something that can be so ordinary and simple, can turn into a positive outlet for giving thanks and spreading kindness to others.

    DQ 1. (PB) What makes a philosopher a particular favorite of yours?
    FQ 1. (P) In which countries did philosophy flourish in the twentieth century?

  9. #8
    What is your definition of philosophy? I would say how everyone defines everything happening around them and their perspective on it.

    Who is your favorite philosopher? I haven't researched or have knowledge on many philosophers to have a specific one as my favorite.

    My philosophy on life- I would say treating everyone equally and with kindness because we don't know what everyone is going through. They might be going through hard times or having a rough day, so why make it harder? A small change can always spark a big difference amongst our society.

    Essays: Creating Our Own Happiness: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/24791/
    Learning to Listen:http://thisibelieve.org/essay/97111/

    F(Q): What serves as a catalyst to creative contemplation and though ?
    D(Q): Do you think that if Aristotle had not walked or had created his peripatetic routines he would've come up with the same great philosophies.

  10. #8
    What is your definition of philosophy? To me philosophy is the way in which individuals question the world. Every person on Earth has a slightly different personality.

    Who is your favorite philosopher? I am not very well versed in the world of Philosophy so I cannot make a solid statement as to whom I prefer. Perhaps by the end of the semester I will have one in mind.

    My Philosophy on life - This is a difficult one. I try my hardest at everything I do. My personal motto is that you are only given one life to live so make the most of it. If there is something you dream of doing then do whatever it takes to make that dream come true.

    Essay: "I Believe in my Cows" http://thisibelieve.org/essay/10761/

  11. Anonymous6:10 PM CST

    Section 8

    What is your definition of philosophy? I believe philosophy is just a way of thinking in life, because you can make the simplest things in life complicated, so in order to live you have to think.

    Who is your favorite philosopher? I have never thought much about philosophy, so I don't have a favorite philosopher at the moment. Maybe that will change by the end of the semester.

    What is your philosophy on life? Live it simple, and keep your love ones close.

    Essay from This I Believe: "Evolution" http://thisibelieve.org/essay/88035/

    FQ: (PB) True or False: All philosophers are good writers
    DQ: (PB) Where do you believe the limit of philosophy reaches?

  12. Section 8

    Definition of philosophy? In it's simplest form, philosophy is our thoughts and beliefs on certain subjects. It is influenced by our experiences, as well as the information we receive. How we combine the information with our experiences becomes our philosophy.

    Favorite philosopher? Those that surround me every day. I appreciate the individual philosophies of my peers and have allowed them to help shape my own.

    Philosophy on life? Keep it simple, have an loving heart, and an open mind.

    FQ: What method did Aristotle use to teach his philosophy?
    DQ: Can philosophy be taught effectively in a "traditional" teaching setting?

    Essay from This I Believe:
    "Recovering the Hope of Children" http://thisibelieve.org/essay/20918/

  13. Daniel Barnes
    Section 8 Group 2

    Here is my FQs and DQ from the blog post.
    FQ: What was the name of the school where Aristotle hosted many lectures to his peripatetic students?
    FQ: What 1950s broadcast about varied beliefs has been relaunched by Jay Allison?
    DQ: What role does variances in beliefs play in the technological advancement of society?

    Here are some of the essays from TIB I found enlightening:

    I particularly enjoyed what Mr. Hale had to say about the importance of poetry. It doesn't necessarily have to be found within a book of poems either, words of encouragement can be found anywhere. They are especially easy to hold on to when found in songs. It's easy to play a particular song to incite almost any desired emotional result.

  14. Section 8 Group 2
    1. What's my definition of philosophy? Rationally looking at principles of life
    2. Do I have a favorite philosopher? I don’t know enough about them to have a personal favorite
    3. Can I summarize my current, personal philosophy on life? “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” ― C.S. Lewis
    Essay: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/3076/ This I Believe
    DQ: What do you think about “This I Believe”?
    FQ: (P) In the very beginning of the introduction it asks “what is philosophy?” The he says philosophy is… what?

  15. Section #8

    My Definition of philosophy?

    Since Philosophy means the “love of wisdom,” I believe that one can define philosophy as a way to inquire knowledge about anything and everything through physical, spiritual, and mental connections. We link these questions to form more questions, in which we eventually find more knowledge or answers.

    My Favorite philosopher?

    I’m new to the names of philosophers, therefore I don’t have a favorite. But, I will enjoy learning about the ideas and questions raised by philosophers as we move forward in class.

    My Philosophy on life?

    Pour moi, I would have to say my own philosophy on life is to, blatantly put, is to be happy. In that sense, I want to be able to understand what brings myself and others happiness, then try and accomplish this more, not only myself, but those around me. I believe one should listen to other’s ideas, but never give up on your own.

    Which philosopher’s work does Clare Chambers describe as theoretical and practical?

    Why are we so fixated on what’s “wrong” and what’s “right”?

    Essays from This I Believe:
    Dad’s Legacy - Terri Maue (http://thisibelieve.org/essay/163259/)
    The Guts to Keep Going - Amy Lyles Wilson (http://thisibelieve.org/essay/7698/)

  16. Anonymous10:48 PM CST

    This is a short read, but a nice one for those interested. I can truly relate to the friendliness she is talking about, especially growing up in the South. http://thisibelieve.org/essay/98400/

  17. Anonymous10:48 PM CST

    And I'm in section #8 ooops! haha

  18. Dwight Harris, Section 8. I'm not entirely positive if this is the correct place to do my 1/27/2014 post.

    ** My Factual Questions:

    1) Why was walking so significant to Nietzsche?

    2) What does the Latin phrase "Solvitur Ambulando" mean?

    ** My Discussion Question:

    - During what activities do you find yourself most in-tune with thought?

    ** I chose three "This I Believe" essays, and ranked them according to how meaningful they are to me.

    1) Gandhi's "The Elixir of Growth"

    Link: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16872/

    2) Laura Durham's "Grace Is a Gift"

    Link: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/42466/

    3) Judy Stokes's "Basic Rules Still Apply"

    Link: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/10518/

  19. Section 8 Group 2


    FQ- The most distinctive feature of philosophy is its use of what?
    DQ- Can philosophy be learned in a traditional classroom setting or must discussion be involved and why?