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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

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

The Wise Agnostic -Katherine

“Let us call this unknown something: God. It is nothing more than a name we assign to it. The idea of demonstrating that this unknown something (God) exists, could scarcely suggest itself to Reason. For if God does not exist it would of course be impossible to prove it; and if he does exist it … Continue reading

What Changes and Affects Knowledge?

A question that constantly puzzles me is whether knowledge can be changed and under what circumstances can it be changed. I came across an insightful article on the internet that I think explains it very well and helped to give me closure on the topic. I will rephrase it for you:     You are … Continue reading

Exquisite Creatures -Aman

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” ― Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata There’s this universal truth that beauty is pleasurable and the one thing we all strive for as humans is pleasure. We wish to feel content and satisfied, we wish to be wowed. Beauty does just that. Through our … Continue reading

In Knowledge We Trust! ~Lazar

http://web.utk.edu/~jhardwig/RoleTrust.pdf “It seems paradoxical that scientific research, in many ways one of the most questioning and skeptical of human activities, should be dependent on human trust.” -Elizabeth Nuefeld Trust is highly controversial to our mind when it comes to ideas we question, yet almost treated as an instinct among the concepts we like and desire. More so, we … Continue reading

Epistemology Inquiry – Jade

Knowledge is defined as facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. Although knowledge is stated as a positive input, increasing knowledge must be taken in at moderate speed and mass for the human mind to healthily compute it. As paradoxical as it may seem, I … Continue reading

Epistemology Discussion: Maximum Knowledge 11.05.13

With visual notes provided by Julie and the Livescribe Pen.

Metaphysics Unit Reflections & Feedback

Having come to the conclusion of our Metaphysics unit in Philosophy 12, I asked the group to respond to several reflection prompts in a Google Form posted on the class site. Some of the questions addressed individual growth and learning related to participants’ chosen philosopher and activities undertaken during the unit; others focused on the actual process of collective … Continue reading

Metaphysics Reflection / Epistemology Unit Planning Notes

With thanks to Julie for the notes, above are the representative themes, questions, and wishes for our upcoming study of Epistemology. The class discussion reflected on elements of the Metaphysics unit content, and delivery methods, to propose improved engagement in the class’ future studies.