i) Choose a topic from the unit's specialized discussion topics.
ii) State the view that you are defending somewhere in the first paragraph.
iii) Write a minimum of two paragraphs.
iv) Quote one of our texts at least once to help defend your view.
Example 1: Russell says, “blah blah blah, smart stuff, smart stuff, and other smart sounding though hard-to-tell-whether-really-smart-but-probably-smart stuff” (Russell, “Value of Philosophy”, p. ??).
Example 2: Sober says, “Blah blah, logicy stuff concerning the logic of logicistic logicians and their logical arguments” (Sober, “Deductive Arguments”, p. ??).Example 3: Paley says, “Blah blah, watching watchmakers make watches is like watching God make watch-like universes filled with watch-parts.” (Paley, Natural Theology, p. ??).
Example 4: As Richie Havens proclaimed , “FREEDOM!” (Havens, Woodstock, 1969). (To watch/hear this example, click here).
v) Cite the quotation by naming the title of the work (or chapter of our textbook) that you are citing from and listing the page number where you found the quotation. (See above examples.)
vi) Critically respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts with a 1-2 paragraph philosophical reply to be completed within one week of the discussion due date. State what you found convincing, and what you found unconvincing, about their argument(s). In short, either help them to improve their argument, or help them to see why they should give up their current position/argument.
BEWARE: Replies like, “I really liked your post, it was really really insightful.” or “I disagree, I've just always felt the opposite. But everyone has a right to their opinion!” are not philosophical replies, and will NOT receive credit.
- Indeterminism: In Chapter 24, Sober claims that if you lack freedom in a deterministic world, then you also lack freedom in an indeterministic world (pp. 249-252). Do all of the following: i) recap Sober's reasons for thinking this way about indeterminism, ii) if you agree with Sober, give your own reasons for thinking he is correct, and iii) if you disagree with Sober, give reasons for thinking that he is incorrect.