January 19: I am excited to understand how philosophy works and how I can apply it to society. I am nervous that I might not understand certain materials at first.
January 19: The phrase " the unexamined life is not worth living" means a life in which a person just runs through the motions of life and never taking chances or pursuing a dream. It also means never finding what life means to you
January 20: commandment 1: means to be open to suggestions of how the existence of time and life began. Commandment 2: means to question others claims until you have been convinced of the idea. Commandment 3: always believe the others who speak the truth. Commandment 4: split each problem apart to understand the internal problem within it. Commandment 5: to have a stable argument gather enough components to protest your theory. Commandment 6: understand the opposite argument from yours in order to strengthen the weak points in yours. Commandment 7: be open to change, alter, or reform your arguments position. Commandment 8: pursue a simpler argument than a complex one. Commandment 9: make your ideas personal to you but be able identify truth. Commandment 10: let the simple closure act as a open door to continue will a better argument.
January 26: the most interesting thing I learned while researching was that Plato thought about government styles including democracy which was rarely thought about in his age.
January 31: if I had lived in eastern philosophy times I would have followed Buddhism because to never suffer at all in life would lead me to have a peaceful worry free life without attachments.
February 2: Socrates defines wisdom as admitting to knowing nothing and pursue the knowledge for it helps you to expand and open your mind to new ideas that were once never thought of. I can use this idea of Socrates wisdom to help me open my mind to other people's ideas of certain topics.
February 7: I have the belief that after death not all beings transcend to a greater power but are stuck on earth to figure out what in their life caused them to have to stay. I would catorgerized this belief as religious and sociological.
February 9: I agree mostly with empiricism before I took the servey because I believed that when enter the world no one knows anything and can only learn from experience. The servey compared to my belief because my answers agree with empiricism
February 10: I once believed that supernatural beings did not exist and people just made up the idea. Until I was brought evidence upon me that made me think other wise. Now that I have a new perspective of supernatural beings I can see how they could and couldn't exist.
February 13: Descartes method is very complex in thinking, but express the reason that he must exist. All the work he put in to produce the idea that if he thinks he exist sounds like he wasted his time but he actually created the idea and reasoning for existence through skepticism. The idea of skepticism usually doubted everything but since he can't doubt doubt and he is always thinking about doubt, every time he thinks it is real.
February 14: people fall in love because they feel that is a need they have to fulfill in life. People fall in love because they feel that being emotionally attached to others. People who can't find love in others find love in things or hobbies they experience.
February 23: what Hume means when he states this quote, is that life's experiences develop your custom and once your custom is found life is more easy to life when there is something to life for.
February 27: I agree with Hume because you can't always use experience to know what the future be holds but you can use it to infer and hypothesize a belief of what is to come. This devops the custom that you need to have for the ability to believe at all.
February 28: After reading about epistemology I believe that knowlegde is experience gained over time but experience can only grow with the knowledge of new experiences for the mind to gain and interpret.
March 6: I would rate my argumentative skills at a 6 becauise I believe I can present a good argument but it would take some time to come up with the argument. I also take some time to come up with a counter arguement to back up what I believe while also countering the opposition.
March 7: it's important to understand deductive reasoning because you use almost everyday in your life not just from person to person but also to your self. Your mind is constantly many assumptions base of deductive reasoning in order to produce the best out come to suit you you in your life. It also produces personal sanorios that only benefit you but fit the choice for it to be valid, sound, or both. This is difficult to understand at first because in an argument you must find the difference between the best way and the right way.
March 20: we act morally because it is our nature as humans to have morals in order to keep us sane and under control of our selves. We should act morally because without them society will deem you insane, psychopathic, or sociopathic.
March 21: I disagree with Glaucon that there would be no point in being just and moral because even though there is no one to judge you you would still have to judge yourself. The sence of gilt comes in to play and even though you think there is no one judging you,your inner self is still judging the reaction to having power over society.
March 23: When I was looking for a job I had to choose between working at whitetail of sheetz I already had an interview to whitetail but my application still wasn't looked at for sheetz. I ended up not accepting the interview to whitetail even though I had a better shot than sheetz. After about three months my application to sheetz was accepted and many jobs at whitetail were cut because of the weather this past winter.
March 28: I would side with deontology because I view that in situations the outcome that agrees with completeing your duty as a member of society and not just to save more humans than others.
March 29: the principles you can take away from utilitarianism is the desire and amount of care that is put the decisions you make in intense choices.
April 4: I believe that suicide goes against Kant's moral theory because one of his step is to preserve human life, but in the case as which the person is already dieing and wants to end his suffering this both goes for and against Kant's moral theory because you have to preserve human life. The contradicting part of Kant's theory is his reasoning step. The human has good reasoning to killing himself because he wants to end his suffering even if he is already going to die.
April 24: I agree with statement number two because ethics is a focus on morals and not on being a good person because. A person doesn't always strive to be a good person but to be morally right because being morally right is what makes you seem as a good person. Where as striving to be a good person makes you appear to be selfish in society.
April 26: Out of all myt role models the one I feel was the most influential was my neighbor because I've know her longer than all of my other role models and her skills that she taught me helped me to see into finding new developments in my personality.
IMay 8: what makes an action morally right or wrong is the ethics behind the action. Weather the action is created for the greatest benefit in the greatest number or to create a means to an end. Both points possess good views in certain situations but also lead to bad decisions. This is because the person of choosing the decisions has to understand the position he is taking to the point that he is trying to bennifit himself or bennifit society.
May 11: I find myself siding with Friedman because life is full of inequities that still keep fairness. Once equality is achieved by all of society then fairness is lost in ones who are more fortunate. So the reason why I choose Friedman over Rawls is because I am choosing fairness over equality.
May 12 we determine what is just in society by proclaiming ideas to help bennifit society now and for the future, but the struggle envolves debate at which a compromise is needed. Since each person has its own opinion a compromise is hard to come by due to their views of what is just in society to them. The compromise can only be brought when someone takes charge and thinks fourth-dimensionally, because if you never meet you goal of bennifit is society through keeping things just then society will diminish itself.
May 19: after reviwing all the theories of personal identity I would agree with mind theory because as long you have your memories and experiences then you are still you.
May 19: free will is necessary to earn prise and blame but not entirely because free is based on the ability of each human to choose a decision with no prior influence on the decision. Sometimes the descions we think are free will could be influenced by other experiences in our life which an option when you think you are choosing free will.
May 22: I would change things if my life was laid out in front of me because I want a life that is only predicted slightly. I want a life that I don't know it happens until it does. I want to have a life that is both a challenging and easy but unexpected.