Chapter 3 Review Questions
Philosophy 1301 w/ Colby Glass (look up week's date)

NB: The original questions have apparently disappeared into the void due to computer problems... Therefore, I am posting review questions from last semester. I think you will find them relatively complete --colby.

Consider the following questions in your reading:

  1. What makes human being unique among animals?
  2. What are the avocado and artichoke views of human nature?
  3. Is there a distinct human nature? Who are we?
  4. What is patriarchy?
  5. What is feminism?
  6. What is the idea of the protean self?
  7. What is modernism?
  8. What is postmodernism?
  9. Explain existentialism's view of the self.
  10. Explain existentialism's view of authenticity.
  11. Explain the Buddhist view of the self and how that relates to the concept of nirvana.
  12. Explain the west African Akan view of self (Mawu, Lisa, okra).
  13. What are we doing here? What is the meaning of life according to the African view? The Taoist view? The Buddhist view? Postmodernism?
  14. What is behaviorism?
  15. What is the free will versus determinism debate?
  16. What are the ramifications of having free will, and of not having free will?
  17. "Suppose you met someone who might or might not be an android. What questions or tests would you use to decide if you were in the presence of a person or a machine?" (p. 156).


THE big question for Chapter 3

  1. "If a computer can pass for a human being, does this mean there are no essential differences between humans and computers?" (p.118)
  2. Has God given souls only to human beings? Or, do other animals also have souls. What is the basis for who does and who does not have a soul?
  3. "If a few hours of sensory deprivation cause us to lose our sense of having a permanent, indestructible "self," should we conclude that the "self" was an illusion? Does the fact that the sense of "self" returns after feedback begins again, increase the credibility of the "self" or make it seem more fictional than ever?" (p. 157)



by Colby Glass