Mencuis was born during the Warring States Era (c. 500 BC to 221 BC), a period during
which China was split into 7 states that contended for domination of China.
Despite the violence and warfare, there was much intellectual fe
A Secular Age, pages 29-33
1. What does Taylor mean when he says he's trying to "capture the level of understanding
prior to philosophical puzzlement"?
Taylor is not trying to dive deep into the way the mind works and how the mind relates to
A Secular Age, pp. 25-29
1. What's the difference between an enchanted and disenchanted world according to
o The world of spirits, demons, and moral forces which our ancestors lived in.
o People dont necessarily believe in
A Secular Age Page 159-162
1. Why is consent so important in modern political theory and how did Locke use it?
The underlying idea of moral order stresses the rights and obligations which we have as
individuals in regard to each otherPolitica
A Secular Age, pp. 176-178 (to "The second shift.")
1. What does Taylor mean when he describes the difference between
modern economic understandings and medieval ones as between
"interlocking causes and harmonized meanings" respectively? (p.
Taylor pages 50-53
1. Explain why Taylor says this on the bottom of page 50: That is, it was the eclipse of
this sense of necessary complementarity, of the need for anti-structure, which preceded
and helped to bring about the secularization o
1. For what purposes does Locke establish a strict division of labor between the church and
state, according to Cavanaugh?
In order to clear a public space for purely secular concerns
To distinguish the business of civil government from tha
A Secular Age, pp. 43-49 (start at bottom of 43, section III and stop at top of 49)
1. How was the tension between higher and lower religion in the medieval times handled or
resolved into equilibrium as he puts it? Or, put differently, why do
1. Giving basics and defining affliction
Completely different from simple suffering, two completely different realms
2. For an event to be considered affliction, it has to affect someones life socially,
psychologically, and physically.
The social factor i
Lucretius and Plato
Lucretius supports the idea of Epicureanism. Epicureanism is essentially trying to be as
similar to the gods as possible as opposed to the usual worship of them . Gods are unconcerned
about the world because being concerned about it wo
Simone Weil 1909-1943, born in Paris
French Thinker and social activist
Decided early on that she would improve
social conditions for the disadvantaged
More In-depth Intro
Severe migraines, anemia, a badly burned
foot, and o
1. Emerson considers tragedy to be:
Something only an observer could label
2. Emerson believes that there is a universal law of fate. False
3. To avoid or console tragedy, Emerson believes that one should:
Not give way to extreme emotions
Be open minded a
In Gran Torino, Walts views of justice change during the movie. For the majority of the
movie, he shares the view of Malcolm X that one can do whatever is necessary to achieve his
goal. However, after Thaos house gets scattered with bullets an
Evil and the Personal
You need to come to morning practices during taper. With these words, my new
summer swimming head coach nullified everything I had worked for over the summer. This was
my evil event.
My summer of 2012 consisted entirely of swimming i
Augustine: there is no such entity in nature as evil; evil is merely a name for the privation of good.
There is a scale of value stretching from earthly to heavenly realities, from the visible to the invisible;
and the inequality between these goods makes
ETHICS: Philosophical Perspectives Lorey 2013
Reading Guide 1 for Kierkegaard The Sickness Unto Death (5 points)
Pages 41-43 [Stop at section B]
Reading Guides are due at the beginning of class. If you are absent, you are responsible for
Cool Hand Luke Outline: Gospel of Luke
Intro: A Skin-deep analysis would tell one that Cool Hand Luke is merely the story of a
petty crime committer who did not want to be contained by the authority figures. After
reading the Myth o
A Secular Age pages 162-167
1. Summarize the 2 pre modern types of moral order that Taylor describes.
One is based on the Law of a people, which has governed this people since time out of
mind, and which in a sense defines it as a people (163