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Thursday, March 10

March 10, 2016

WWTWWT: Quiz on Plato and Aristotle. You will need to make it up Tuesday if you were absent.

We began talking about what happened in philosophy, post-Aristotle. No one who followed had the stature of the Big Three, so there were essentially four important splinter groups:

  1. The Stoics (who were most successful, if by “successful” you mean “attracted the most followers”)
  2. The Epicureans
  3. The Cynics
  4. The Skeptics

We talked about the Skeptics because they’re not in your book. (I gave you a handout.)

To do this, we had to first look at this map of Alexander the Great’s conquests, circa 326 B.C. (after he’d captured what is now India).

As you can see, Alexander (a Macedonian king at age 20, and who died on the way home from his conquests just three years after the height of his glory) ruled a big chunk of the then-known world. Pyhrro was a soldier in Alexander’s army who was exposed to many different cultures in his travels, and the “truths” insisted upon by these cultures — and the conflicts that resulted — convinced him there was no way to ascertain absolute truth. His brand of skepticism was thus epistemological — that is, he didn’t believe humans had the means to know the capital “T” truth.

The Skeptics weren’t as successful as the Stoics, but they did control Plato’s Academy for a number of years (which must have been quite a blow to Plato, up there in the Realm of Ideal Forms, since these guys were closely related to the Sophists we spoke of earlier when discussing Protagoras — and since Socrates was no no fan of theirs).

For Tuesday: read the Skeptics handout, and read the chapters in your book on the other three groups listed above.

History: Today we illuminated in class. Next week: we will be binding the class Book of Hours. There is no new homework, but you should definitely read, if you have not already, the first handout from The Gutenberg Revolution to stay on track.

Siren: Worked on April Fool’s stuff.

Daily Prompt: Today you made lots of decisions about “binary pairs.” There was some chanting… and some other stuff. You made a list of your answers in your notebook; this is good enough for the prompt. If you were absent, make up this activity with a prompt from the website.

Here’s the list of all (unless I missed a few, and I may have) the pairings: Prompt 3.11.16 – Pairings

Survey: CNF: Turned in your interview transcripts. Took a quiz on “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold.” If you missed it, you’ll make it up Tuesday. Then we talked about it, and about the five dos and don’ts of interviewing — which, along with the Lee Gutkind excerpt I gave you, is quizzable material. Read it for Tuesday.

Survey: Screenwriting: Today you wrote some of you thoughts on Strangers on a Train so far, then we finished the movie. While you watched the last hour, you were to take note of points that were (or seemed like they were meant to be) high tension or full of suspense. These notes, and the thoughts you wrote at the beginning of the block, were collected at the end of class.

If you were absent and missed this, please see me to get the film so that you can get up to speed with the rest of class – sooner is better than later, please note that this is not a “do it when you can” situation, it’s a “this was an official viewing, make it up as soon as possible” situation.

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