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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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Students may have seen that I will be teaching a PHIL 4900 Special Topics Seminar this spring (MWF 1:30-2:20).  The course will be geared to philosophy majors and will be run as a seminar.  Our topic will be Aristotle.  I am still sorting out the specific readings, but I expect we will read selections from Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Physics, Ethics, and Politics.

* Modification:  I have ordered the Metaphysics, Physics, Nicomachean Ethics, and De Anima (On the Soul). *



  1. Sandi says:

    This looks really good. I hope I am in a position to participate.


  2. Sandi says:

    I have been meaning to talk to you about Kiekegaard’s analysis of “love seeketh not her own” he seems to have a relative conception of love absolutely seeking its own at the most fundamental level.


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