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Saturday, June 18, 2016

June 22 Chapters 19-20 and 1-4 questions

June 22 Chapters 19-20 and 1-4 questions
Don Enss

Chapter 19. Secrets of the Heavens: Plato, Galileo, and the New Science

1.      According to Herman, what of Plato’s lurks in the deepest recesses of modern science?
2.      What was it that led to a series of astounding discoveries that tore the wheels off the entire Aristotelian and Ptolemaic system?
3.      “The universe, Galileo wrote, ‘is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single world of it.’ Without mathematics, he concluded, “_____________________?”
4.      Why did Galileo protest that he was a better Aristotelian than his opponents?

Chapter 20. God, Kings, and Philosophers in the Age of Genius

1.      According to Sir Francis Bacon, where does a cosmos governed by impersonal mechanical laws leave us a rational creatures?
2.      According to Herman, “Descartes was no atheist. But (Henry) More worried that his view of the world must inevitably lead to atheism.” Why?
3.      According to Herman, “Self-governing societies seemed doomed to be free but unstable. Because they existed in time, and to men’s passions, they would inevitably hit a walk.” What city was the one exception?
4.     What was John Locke’s view about absolute monarchy?

Chapter 1-4 A Philosophy of Walking

1.      According to Gros, “when you are walking, there is only one sort of performance that counts.” What is it?
2.      In Hindu philosophy, what are the four stages on the journey through life?
3.      According to Nietzsche, “our first questions about the value of a book, of a human being, or a musical competition are:” What?

4.      How is the big separation between outside and inside turned upside down by walking?

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