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bryanjack

HS Gifted program teacher interested in the world out there, the world in here, and blending the two at every opportunity.
bryanjack has written 79 posts for Philosophy 12

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Aesthetics Criteria

Plans for Monday

Greetings, Philosophy 12 folks, I’m writing you this note from some 30,000 feet above the Gulf of Mexico with the hope that our class objectives for Monday aren’t stuck somewhere between a Caribbean vacation and Coquitlam with me. You might have heard about a plane skidding off the runway at JFK airport this morning, causing … Continue reading

Digital Media as Folk Art

First, a definition: “Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other laboring tradespeople. In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic.[1] Folk Art is characterized by a naive style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not employed. Closely related terms are … Continue reading

A Solely Human Aspect of Existence: The Experience of Beauty

Another reading on Aesthetics for those looking into Kant, and the nature of beauty: In the history of thought there is probably no philosophy that has posited the question about man with the intensity, extensiveness and centrality equal to those present in Kant’s philosophy. It is well-known that in his last work, Logik, which appeared as edited … Continue reading

What Makes a Hero? | An introduction to the work of Joseph Campbell

From Wikipedia, here is an introduction beyond the components of the Monomyth presented in the video: As a strong believer in the psychic unity of mankind and its poetic expression through mythology, Campbell made use of the concept to express the idea that the whole of the human race can be seen as engaged in the effort of making … Continue reading

Comment from the Internetz

A comment left on the archive of our Epistemology discussion of Reality, Perception & What can be Known: I think it looks like the quiet students are the ones deep in thought. I was a quiet one back in school and still am. Very well spoken students! Thoughts were so well said and expressed by. I … Continue reading

Ethics Unit Feedback & Reflection

Discussion: Multiculturalism, Social Darwinism and the Project of Democracy

Today’s final Ethics Discussion, introduced by Julie, Aman and Emily here: Ethnics: Get Out! 

Ethics Discussion: Privacy, Piracy, State Power, Citizenship & the Ethics of Voting 12.09.13

A grab-bag of discussion topics centering around the ethics of democracy. Background on each of the topics covered provided in original posts collected here: Piracy and Intellectual Property  Privacy, State Secrets & Wikileaks State vs. Citizen Power  The Ethics of Voting