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1.The Wholly Beige Biodome of New NorkadorfAnarchy“I'll Take Care Of These Babies The Easy Way”
2.The Edu-State of Gages Icelandic ArmyCivil Rights Lovefest“Education+medication+investigation=liberation”
3.The United Kingdom of CarthasmInoffensive Centrist Democracy“You Can't Stop Progress”
4.The Technocrati Thing of Techno-TitaniaCorporate Bordello“Building Tomorrow Begins Today”
5.The Corporate Dictatorship of Postapocalyptic TerrorCompulsory Consumerist State“Arisen from ruins - Into an era of Glory!”
6.The Constitutional Monarchy of LordesnowiaLeft-Leaning College State“We stand strong!”
7.The People's Republic of FrankohodgeDemocratic Socialists“Póg mo thóin!”
8.The Holy Blue Empire of Yale UniversityCivil Rights Lovefest“For God, for Country, and for Yale”
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10.The Kingdom of KaldrAnarchy“Biting Cold”
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Hello Philosophy 115!

I'm The XKI Emissary Dingy of SS Sorya (Sorya for short) and I'm the new emissary from 10000 Islands. I'm excited to keep up the friendly relations between our two regions and hopefully learn a bit in the process. Do you have any reccomendations or tips for someone new to Philosophy 115?

The Proto-Empire of Gnoss wrote:Your ambassador in New Europe, Arcimboldo has sadly ceased to exist. Will he return from the grave?


Of course--sorry about that, holidays and all....

The Socialist Union of Advani wrote:Just a question, how is/was philosophy taught in the schools you frequent/used to frequent?
I had this marvelous teacher, always being as objective as possible. impartial, fair and taught what the philosopher or school of thought actually said instead of some messed up version full of what he thinks. For example, one of his first assignments to us (after studying classical and medieval philosophy) was to research everything about pre-illuminist, illuminist and post-illuminist social philosophers... so we had a great round-table discussion with many contrasting points of view. Another time, he handed me a book about Kant (an analysis of the Critic of Pure Reason and another one for the Critic of Practical Reason), telling me it would change my life. It did
New school, new teacher. This guy takes himself way to seriously. No discussion of epistemology, ontology or any field besides social philosophy. And even in that, Marx and Rousseau reign supreme. What is the state? Turn to Rousseau. No Hobbes, no Locke, nothing. I actually feel stupider after sitting through one of his pseudo-classes.


This is one of the classic questions in philosophical education: to what degree should you teach and expect mastery of the history of philosophy and to what degree should you attempt to get students to attempt to think/philosophize for themselves?

When I've taught most lower division philosophy courses, I've attempted to do both. It's important, IMHO, that students know THAT philosopher X said A, BUT ALSO be able to demonstrate creativity/grasp of the material in addressing the reasoning behind and implications of such for us.

Of course, introductory levels of Inductive Logic and Deductive Logic are completely different: one has to memorize rules and material and then be able to demonstrate creativity in solving unknown problems using those rules and material, so grading those courses is considerably more objective than most philosophical courses.

The Colony of Sugar Maple wrote:However, the region was recently invaded by raiders, and now, if the resolution passes, it will enable the raiders to set a password and destroy the region.

I might be speaking above my shoes, but any refugees from Eternal Scholars wound likely find a warm welcome here in Philosophy 115.

The State of Telgan wrote:Philosophy ought to come alive and intice people in. Teaching Kant or Marx in book form in high school isn't the way to go. They are very heavy, dense and not very great prose to read and enjoy unless you have an enjoyment archic writing styles with several interpretations to be drawn from them. I suppose this has been a major issue with philosophy when it comes to widening access. I suppose in another sense we all come from disciplines which have their own "language", then I'm reminded of the PM and late March critique of non technocratic language and the example of an article updated to a journal as a spoof and was accepted. I suppose this really goes to the heart of finding great teachers and books relevant to opening to horizons of the critical and productive thinkers of tomorrow.


When you're teaching HS (and below), one has to be careful to present both readings and concepts that are age-appropriate. Still, I consider it possible to teach at least rudimentary philosophy at all ages. It's better to corrupt them before all of the creativity and wonder have been ground out of them by the system. ;) As long as I'm on this topic, let me share my distaste for reading Søren Kierkegaard. K was a TERRIBLE writer. It's a challenge for translators, who would like to clean up his writing style out of Danish and into other languages, but that becomes paraphrasing. Therefore, reading K is akin to mining for gold: one has to sort through mounds of rubble before coming upon a golden nugget. Ugh.

When dealing with adults of normal or superior abilities, I remind them that not everything is fun and easy and comes to one with a quick and superficial reading. Some authors and topics are simply inherently difficult. Your professor has made the judgment call that a given topic/author/issue is of sufficient merit to study in depth. You may disagree, but as (s)he is the professor and you are the student, if you are to take a given course, you will have to take it on her or his terms. Some deeper topics really take years to soak in and gain some mastery of the material and do more than simply parrot the party line about such-and-such. I believe this is actually a more acute problem for religion than philosophy; when I've been a pastor, I've had to deal with people who perhaps ran their eyes over all of some translation or paraphrase of the Bible and are convinced that they know all there is to know about Christianity and religion and God. Unlike the classroom, maybe this person is your local church boss and more than willing to play dirty to advance his or her own cause(s).

The Sorry Excuse For A Nation of Wolfgang von Death wrote:-snip-.


This is a dark time for many of us in the USA and really around the world. There really ARE deplorable people, racists/xenophobes/homophobes/white nationalists/Nazis/alt right, etc., and people who are willing to dog whistle to such for their own ends. I can only hope that things will get so bad so quickly that in 2018, Democratic majorities will be swept into power in Congress and effectively will put an end to the Trumpist agenda and in 2020, we will return to sanity at the presidential level. I must admit some fear, though, about just HOW bad things can and will get.... Maybe a road trip to Canada is in the future....

The XKI Emissary Dingy of SS Sorya wrote:Hello Philosophy 115!
I'm The XKI Emissary Dingy of SS Sorya (Sorya for short) and I'm the new emissary from 10000 Islands. I'm excited to keep up the friendly relations between our two regions and hopefully learn a bit in the process. Do you have any reccomendations or tips for someone new to Philosophy 115?


Welcome, Sorya!!! Like everything else, one has to be a beginner in philosophy and learn to crawl, then walk, then jog, then run. Simply that you are here is an important first step. Begin by questioning EVERYTHING, both things you have been taught as well as the people in your life who claim to be experts. It turns out that a bunch of "experts" typically have a very deep grasp of a tiny slice of knowledge and relatively superficial knowledge outside of their area of expertise. Then there are the con artists, who know nothing to any depth save how to get what they want from gullible people.

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I want to thank my neighbours for their endorsements. They are very much appreciated in the sign of mutual friendship and prosperity.

Czechostan

If you want to use gold as an analogy to Kierkegaard perhaps you should consider all gold is alien to earth as an original material. Perhaps your analogy is more accurate than you originally perceived it to be and that is why translations fail to measure up.

I am seeing there is a failure of the moderators of this game to coordinate between previously answered issues. I thought after all this anal analysis into the minutiae of all the issues they would try to tie a negative response to a later positive one, and vice versa. I just answered an issue exactly the opposite of one I did about a month and a half ago when I was trying to lower civil rights. When I did it 45 days ago my civil rights went way down. Now when I reverse the decision my civil rights remained exactly the same. This is not a ringing endorsement of the new way the game reacts to issues. My civil rights are not very high right now so it isn't due to reaching some sort of plateau.

I say this for one reason. I had an issue recently that dealt with cyber bullying. It was the first issue of its kind. My nation never received an issue like this before. I chose the response that would lead to more rudeness, namely the third choice. Every other nation I chose this choice had rudeness to up. With this nation it went down. There is no reason it should go down. None at all. It should at the every least stay the same or go up. The issue had never been presented and to make a public policy to bully would imply more bullying would occur.

There is no rhyme or reason to the way issues are dealt with these days. The game made more sense five or six years ago. It was far more realistic. Now it seems to be run by children.

elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume

skateparks can be found in every city

No reason why the second response should raise civil rights more than the first one. I never banned skateboards, but I did censor music.

The Eudaemonium of Dr George wrote:[L]et me share my distaste for reading Søren Kierkegaard. K was a TERRIBLE writer. It's a challenge for translators, who would like to clean up his writing style out of Danish and into other languages, but that becomes paraphrasing. Therefore, reading K is akin to mining for gold: one has to sort through mounds of rubble before coming upon a golden nugget. Ugh.

My philosophy teacher shared a quote of Kierkegaard's recently.
“Marry, and you will regret it. Do not marry, and you will also regret it. Marry or do not marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the stupidities of the world, and you will regret it; weep over them, and you will also regret it. Laugh at the stupidities of the world or weep over them, you will regret it. Whether you laugh at the stupidities of the world or you weep over them, you will regret it. Trust a girl, you will regret it. Do not trust her, and you will regret it. Trust a girl or do not trust her, you will regret it either way. Whether you trust a girl or do not trust her, you will regret it either way. Hang yourself, and you will regret it. Do not hang yourself, and you will also regret it. Hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret it either way. Whether you hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret it either way. This, gentleman, is the quintessence of all the wisdom of life.”
Not a very succinct writer, eh? He goes the other way around with Nietzsche's quote "It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book."

The Socialist Federal Republic of Czechostan wrote:My philosophy teacher shared a quote of Kierkegaard's recently.
“Marry, and you will regret it. Do not marry, and you will also regret it. Marry or do not marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the stupidities of the world, and you will regret it; weep over them, and you will also regret it. Laugh at the stupidities of the world or weep over them, you will regret it. Whether you laugh at the stupidities of the world or you weep over them, you will regret it. Trust a girl, you will regret it. Do not trust her, and you will regret it. Trust a girl or do not trust her, you will regret it either way. Whether you trust a girl or do not trust her, you will regret it either way. Hang yourself, and you will regret it. Do not hang yourself, and you will also regret it. Hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret it either way. Whether you hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret it either way. This, gentleman, is the quintessence of all the wisdom of life.”
Not a very succinct writer, eh? He goes the other way around with Nietzsche's quote "It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book."


Thankfully, I agree with 0% of that quote.

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