Introduction to Philosophy, S04 PHI 100 @ Cortland College, FA 11

15Nov/1125

Discussion Question: Labor, Work, and Action

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Answer the following question:

Do you find the distinction between Labor, Work, and Action convincing?  Why or Why not?

Feel free to respond to and build on the work of other students, especially if their response says something you were going to say.

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1Nov/1127

Discussion Question: Abortion

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Answer the following question:

Is the debate about abortion more about moral status (i.e. personhood) or about the conflict between the right to life and the right to bodily control?  Why?

Feel free to respond to other students and build on their comments, especially when they have said something you were planning on saying.

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18Oct/1128

Discussion Question: Utilitarianism

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Answer the following question:

In class, we discussed the difference between act and rule utilitarianism.  Using the example from class, "A Small Town Crime," explain which version of utilitarianism you think is correct.  What relationship to individual freedom does your reason for giving this answer have, if any?

Feel free to formulate your answer as a response to another student's answer, especially if the other student has already said what you originally  wanted to say or if the other student's response is in direct opposition to yours.  Use this opportunity to expand on the other student's answer.

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4Oct/1126

Discussion Question: Identity

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Answer the following question:

Do you think who you are (identity) is something you simply have (i.e. are given or find), is something you create, or both. Give reasons for you answer.

Feel free to respond and expand on points made by other students, especially if you are planning on saying the same thing.

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27Sep/1128

Discussion Question: Essence and Roles

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Answer the following question:

Think of one role (job, relationship, social identity etc.) that you have in life.  Name it.  Why would Sartre say that it is not necessary, but done by choice.  Is he right?

Bring your response to class on Thursday.

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20Sep/1131

Discussion Questions: Sensation

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Answer one of the following questions (indicate which you are answering at the top of your comment):

A. Why do you think physical substance underlies all of our experiences?  Explain what physical substance mean to you?

B. Why do you think mental substance underlies all of our experiences? Explain what mental substance mean to you?

C. Why do you think knowledge of both mental and physical substance is impossible?  Explain what both mental and physical substances mean to you.

Remember to comment on this post to answer (i.e do not post your answer).

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6Sep/1131

Discussion Question: The Examined Life

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Answer the following question:

What is the examined life and, from what you have heard and read, does Socrates actually represent such a life?

Comment by Wednesday at 8pm.

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