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Baruch Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza was born on November 24th 1632 in Amsterdam. He was the son of a successful merchant. Although his mother tongue was Portuguese, he also knew Hebrew, Spanish, Dutch, French, and later Latin. In 1653, at the age of 20, Spinoza began studying Latin with Frances van den Enden (later known as an atheist … Continue reading

Greenpeace Oil Rig Protest Logic – Emily

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/24/russia-greenpeace-piracy-oil-rig-protest 30 Greenpeace activists were attempting to seize a drilling platform to the north of Russia Vladimir Putin accused them of piracy Therefore, they are pirates In this argument neither the form nor the argument is valid. To begin with the form is not valid because the conclusion is not true. On top of that … Continue reading

Negative Freedom is Not a Colon – Julie

From what I understand “negative liberty” is opportunity to act where as “positive liberty” action in itself. We are not always entitled to the opportunity, however we are to the action. Negative liberty the freedom FROM others providing limitations is often what we view freedom as. The freedom to marry who we wish, practice religion we … Continue reading

Epistemological Ecology – Mr. J

There is a certain pleasure in being allowed to start things off in a class like #Philosophy12; while others may garner the satisfaction that comes from rising to the challenge of the various assignments and syntheses of ideas, as classroom facilitator my critical tasks have thus far revolved around the outset of the unit. Having … Continue reading

Discussion Point: Is Science Objective?

As a culminating activity to our introduction to Scientific Philosophy, the class will be discussing the nature of objectivity in science from a number of perspectives outlined in the course text. In groups of 2-3, for-credit learners will prepare the following to be delivered next Tuesday (October 16th): A one-minute introduction to their philosophical perspective … Continue reading

Peter Parker Does Not Like People Looking At His Face. Because of Reasons.

Someone concealing their identity is doing it for nefarious reasons. Spiderman conceals his identity Therefore, Spiderman has nefarious reasons. As a syllogism, this is valid: A(someone concealing their identity) is(doing it because of) B(nefarious reasons) C(Spiderman) is A(someone concealing their identity) Therefore, C(Spiderman) is(doing it because of) B(nefarious reasons). However, this syllogism is not true, … Continue reading

Hal Jordan Hates Lemonade

Hal Jordan cannot use his ring on anything coloured yellow. Some standard tennis balls are yellow. Hal Jordan cannot use his ring on some standard tennis balls. In this syllogism, the pattern of A(Hal Jordan’s ring) cannot be(used on) B(anything yellow) Some C(standard tennis balls) are B(yellow) A(Hal Jordan’s ring)  cannot be (used on) C( … Continue reading

Broken Dubstep and Criminal Surgeons

All Dubstep makes loud harsh electronic sounds Broken electronics also make loud harsh electronic sounds Therefore broken electronics are Dubstep In this syllogism: “A” (middle term) is Harsh Electronic Sounds “B” (predicate term) is Dubstep “C” (subject term) is “Broken Electronics” In ABC form. This syllogism would be represented like this: All B produce A … Continue reading

Jonathan Toews – Modern Education and ZPD

This week, our ever-so-engaging philosophy class delved into “The Allegory of the Cave“. Live on ds106 Radio, we covered topics ranging from realism to progress. Of all of the different directions the discussion brought us, I was most fascinated by the points brought up regarding change. Specifically, one of the headers in our vast and winding … Continue reading