Friday, April 29, 2011

Post 4: Political philosophy

Monday, May 2nd

What is justice? How would you define justice in your own words? What would be examples of a just government? Of an unjust government?

Please write a minimum of a full paragraph and use concrete examples to prove your argument.

Today we have learned about the death of Osama bin Laden. Feel free to examine 9/11, the war on Afghanistan and the killing of bin Laden in your response. You can use this blog post to process this significant current event if want.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Post 3: Ethics

Monday, April 25th

Choose 1 of the following:

A. What are morals or values that you see as self evident? How or can someone prove that a value or moral is self evident?

B. What is an example of something that you don't think is ethical but is considered ethical in another society (or vice versa)? When can ethical relativism be justified and when can it not be justified?

Regardless of which you choose to answer PLEASE use concrete examples. Thanks.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Post 2: Metaphysics

Monday, 4/18

Choose ONE to answer. Support your answer with analysis. Write at least 1 paragraph please.

1. Were the Sophists wrong to teach Greeks how to use speaking skills to achieve success? Should philosophy be used only for higher things, or are practical uses appropriate as well?

2. Plato hated the Sophists. How might the relativism they introduced have contributed to the decline in society that led to the execution of Socrates (Plato's theory)?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Post #1: Metaphysics

Monday, 4/11/11
Choose ONE to journal on:
1. Considering the beliefs of the pre-Socratic philosophers: what are the basic building blocks of life? What are examples to prove that these items are the basic building blocks? What are examples to disprove that these are the basic building blocks?

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.

Welcome to our Philosophy Online Journal for Term 4 2011!

I will post a question or will give you a choice of questions at least one a week. The question will give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned from the reading &/or class to real life.

Posts need to be intelligent and in depth. Try to spell check and proof read. You should consider this as publishing your opinions.

You are not required to read the posts of other students or to respond to them. However, you are invited to do so.

If you are absent, please try to make up your journal post within six days maximum.

Students need to stand behind what they say and will be held responsible for what they post. Posts should not attack individual posters and should not use language that would not be appropriate in a classroom discussion. Students who do not post responsibly will have their posting rights taken away by the moderator (me).

In the past this has been one of my favorite activities in the class. I am looking forward to what you have to say.

I think that Socrates would really enjoy blogs if he was still around. :) M. Aby