Monday, May 29, 2006

History of Philocomedy!

This is so funny! Dr. Stephen Hicks is a professor at Rockford College in Illinois, and he has compiled a brief "History of Philosophy" from his student papers. Some of the ones I thought were totally hilarious: Against Marx, Rand advocates free enterprise and selfishness, but her philosophy is sort of controversial, in a sense. She commits the fallacy of hoc poc der doc. According to Freud, the child has lust during the breast-feeding stage. Eventually his mother stops, and his lust is suppressed until his adultery stage. To Socrates, having a good life meant dying. Socrates was com­pletely opposed to the Sophists. Not only did the Sophists not have reasons, they also did not have reasons. Sophists felt that there were no real reasons. For Aristotle, the virtuous person can be known as temperature, someone who is under complete control. Aristotle thinks the Principle of Noncontradiction is an axiom is because it is one.


Blogger Rubicund Y. Logorrhea said...

Whoa... my head is spinning.

5/31/2006 03:22:00 pm  
Blogger innommable said...

Oh my GAWD! I love this quote;
"Ethnics are very important."

5/31/2006 07:07:00 pm  
Blogger innommable said...


5/31/2006 07:08:00 pm  
Blogger Tyrel said...

Ha,, I'm sure I will have some of my own ridiculous quotes to add by the end of this summer session at UIC. I'm taking Introduction to Philosophy (Epistomology) and Introduction to Ethics. The first day of class and I already see how the majority of people are of the subjective mindset. Should be fun!

5/31/2006 09:12:00 pm  
Blogger Semperviva said...

Hey kiddo!!! I am going to try and get back in the swing of blogging. :) See you in cyber space! lol

6/01/2006 12:32:00 am  
Blogger Ergo Sum said...

Yea, it's incredible, isn't it, that college level folks would write like that?! Makes for some funny blogposts though! :)

Tyrel, I'm not sure if I should be glad for you or warn you for taking those philosophy classes! My personal experience in taking philosophy classes hasn't been exactly exemplary. Given what you say about the titles of your introductory courses (Epistemology and Ethics), I already have some reservations about its efficacy and sensibility. Considering topics of epistemology and ethics as an "introduction to philosophy" without first establishing the metaphysical boundaries within which such philosophy would function, and about which such philosophy would provide commentary, seems to be like teaching the breast-stroke in swimming before showing you the techniques for proper breathing and floating!

I can only honestly thank one professor in one class ("Philosophy of Life" - an introductory course), Prof. Robert Rosenthal, for sparking the philosophical "flame" of critical thinking in me.

Sadly, however, I later discovered that Dr. Rosenthal was not an atheist--atleast not in the sense I had assumed he was--but a follower of eastern mysticism like Krishna Consciousness and of mystical Swamis, Maharishi's, etc.

I think he also subscribes to some philosophies of Buddhism, and of the philosopher, Alan Watts.

After that, I must say, the "flame" was further stoked and its heat intensified by my discovery of Ayn Rand's Objectivism, thereby shedding much light on my own life and the many issues of this world. Thereafter, I have fueled my passion for knowledge mostly through self-education.

So, my point is - philosophy taught in the classes I took did little to actually introduce that field of study in a postive light. I learned more outside of class than from the professors in those classes.

6/01/2006 03:37:00 pm  
Blogger Tyrel said...

ah yes, I'm sure one day we will find each other sitting casually at a coffee shop philosophying! You'll be amazed at the educated mind that I have acquired through the intensive philosophy program at UIC. Those will be the days...

6/01/2006 09:06:00 pm  

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