2. What was Socrates' attitude towards the politics of his day? OR, What was the point of his inquiries?
3. Who in our time help us appreciate the difficulties of the ancient Athenians in the face of Socrates' questions?
4. How was Socrates typically insincere?
5. What does the Euthyprho Dilemma make clear?
6. What danger faces contemporary philosophers who specialize in just one historical figure (Kant, Wittgenstein, Heidegger...)?
7. How can humans achieve a "less Christian and more Greek" form of immortality?
8. What did contemporary philosopher Harry Frankfurt discuss with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show?
9. What belief about moral accountability did Kant share with Plato?
- Do you find it easy, or civically irresponsible, to shift your attention entirely away from the politics of the moment?
- Is it possible, desirable, or defensible to "remove yourself from your own time"?
- If you find yourself out of step with most of your contemporaries, with regard to your most basic values and attitudes, should you speak up or lay low?
- Do you think Socrates was criminally "impious," a disturber of the civic peace in Athens who deserved to be charged accordingly? 293 Or did he provide Athens a critical service they should have been grateful for? Should anyone ever be prosecuted for asking questions and challenging authority?
- Is it okay to converse disingenuously, misleading people as to your confidence in the probity of their responses? 299
- Are you persuaded by Plato's Euthyphro argument that the truth of our values must be established independently from the authoritative traditions and texts that extoll them? If something is good, is it good whatever the god(s) say(s)?
- Can you have a favorite philosopher without compromising your critical independence from him/her? How?
- Do you agree with Woody Allen on immortality?: “I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don't want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment.” Is that possible? Will it ever be?
- What do you think of the secular afterlife, the life that will continue on Earth after you're gone? Do you care about it? Is it possible that you care about it more than you care about living eternally in a heaven? (See Samuel Scheffler's The Afterlife)
- How do you account for the fact that "there is so much bullshit" in our culture? What can be done about it?
- If you do the right thing, does it matter why? (What would Kant and Plato say? How would you respond?)