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Spring 2006 PHL 201 Turner Journals #1 I remember talking about The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in my Modern Lit. class in high school last year. The thing is I don’t remember talking about anything philosophical with it. It was in a book report sort of fashion. Now that I think about it, it probably didn’t seem philosophical to me until reading the first four pages of Baggini’s book. “The trouble is that the designers of the computer demanded an answer to the ‘question of life, the universe, and everything’ without bothering to ask whether they really knew what this question was.” Wow. #2 I believe that one of the journal guideline said I could comment on the reading. With that being an option, I’d like to say that “Writing Philosophy” was (ironically?) hard for me to follow. Maybe I just read it without being fully alert… Or maybe it was just hard to grasp period. Kind of makes me glad I’m not a philosophy major of any sort. It’s like a whole other English class teaching you a whole new way of writing. #3 Pertaining to the first paragraph of the first page, I wonder now if the taxi driver really intended to get an answer out of Lord Russell on the subject of “What’s it all about?” Could he seriously be surprised that he did not get an answer to one of life’s greatest question in a twenty-minute long taxi ride? Unless I just completely missed the point and this was just a made-up example to help progress the introductory paragraph. I wonder though… #4 [In-Class Journal Entry: responding to the Seeker/Sage Meaning of Life story]
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I would believe the joke is on the seeker, for maybe after all that reading, watching, and learning he still doesn’t understand what he’s asking. Plus, he dropped everything to find the meaning of life which in turn didn’t let him live it. The fact that he expects to get a simple answer, or even an answer that makes sense, is pretty… Interesting. “What is the meaning of life” is an abstract question with multiple possibilities for what it is trying to ask. #5 Who would have thought Frankenstein to be anything useful in the world of philosophy?? I didn’t. That is actually the last thing that comes to mind when thinking of Frankenstein. But now that it is brought up, it makes sense in the way that he is a conscious being capable of self-reflection and ends up finding his purpose in life and then reacting accordingly. I kind of agree that this is how most people would react (i.e. Not accept what they’re made for). We’re all too stubborn! #6 Existentialism was a blow to me when we went over it somewhat for whatever reason my sophomore year of high school in, of all classes, World History. I don’t remember why, but it was apparently part of the lesson plan for that day because we got a half-sized sheet of paper giving us the basic “principles” of existentialism. I was really depressed for the rest of that day, which I find hilarious now that it was so depressing. I mean, man, it was like “You’re insignificant and you’re going to die.” Or something
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