Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Creationism and Evolution?  Which one makes the most sense to you. Explain.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

4/26 Civil disobedience

In general should people follow the law?  Why or why not?  Would you ever commit civil disobedience?  Why? Or why not?  What would it take for you to consider breaking the law?  To what degree would the punishment influence your decision?  To what degree would the issue you are concerned about influence your decision?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

4/6 Ethics

Take the side you DIDN'T debate in class and argue that side.  Reference at least one philosopher.

Resolved:  The scientific community's use of Henrietta Lack's cells was morally permissible.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Post 2 - 4/2

Today we are finishing watching The Matrix.  Do you think the movie presents more of a Taoist or Buddhist view?  Why?  What elements of that philosophy do you see in the film?  Offer at least one concrete example.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Post 1 - 2016

Choose ONE to journal on:
1. Socrates believed in seeking an objective truth.  Do you believe there is a truth or rather many truths from many different perspectives?  If there are many truths, then how can we ever determine guilt in a court of law?  If there is an objective truth, then how can we make sure it is valid and not just the most powerful person's opinion?

2. How can 21st century science be used to prove that Heraclitus or Parmenides were correct? Is it "cheating" in your opinion to use modern day science to evaluate the philosophies of the Ancient Greeks?

Write a minimum of a full paragraph to answer of the prompts above. Don't just state your opinion - SUPPORT it. You are trying to make a persuasive argument.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Welcome to Philosophy!  I love teaching this class and am very excited to work with you.  I haven't gotten to teach this class since 2011 and I have missed it.  We will use this blog on average once a week as way to apply and digest the philosophies we are discussing in class to real life.  I look forward to reading what you write.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Post 7: Religious Philosophy

Thursday, 10/10

(The purpose of this journal entry is NOT to promote any school of thought or to make you feel uncomfortable. If you are concerned about the content of this journal entry either journal about that or speak to me. Thanks.)

Choose the statement which best applies for yourself:
* As a believer, I argue that God exists using the following type of arguments....
* As an atheist, I argue that God doesn’t exist using the following type of arguments...
* As an agnostic, I argue that God could exist, but that we don’t have conclusive evidence using the following type of arguments...