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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Daily Quiz

Feb 4

1. What can one use to mark off paths that lead to flourishing or paths that don't, while also acknowledging the beauty of what is?

2. What two ancient examples of Eudaimonistic Scientia does Flanagan give?

3. (T/F) The Epicurean and Stoics paint a less demanding picture than Aristotle.

4. According to the Dalai Lama, what is the aim of Buddhist Psychology?

5. (T/F) Flanagan argues that thinking about our natures and our lives in ways that incorporate superstition and wishful thinking is childish and unbecoming to rational social animals such as us.  

6. (T/F) According to Martha Nussbaum, the Hellenistic philosophical schools in Greece and Rome-Epicureans, Skeptics, and Stoics-all conceived philosophy as a way of addressing the most painful problems of human life.  

7. In Lamentations 12:26  what is suggested as the proper way fellow humans should greet each other?

Also of note (from Jamey):

2.) In Lamentations 12:29, name one of the four things we all owe to our neighbors, that everyone needs?

Answer: Tolerance, Patience, regard and love of neighbor. 

3.) If life had intrinsic value, what would there be no need for?

Answer: Boredom

4.) What word is used to describe all of existence?

Answer: Vain

5.) What is considered the illusion of possible good, and is also described as prolonging torment?

Answer: Hope

The Really Hard Problem

1.) What is the thesis that consciousness has no physical effects?

Answer: Epiphenomenalism 

2.) According to what theory is sentience a biologically emergent feature of non-sentient life?

Answer: The theory of Evolution

3.) (T/F) The Dalai Lama provides the possibility proof that a great spiritual tradition and science can find peace, possibly even mutually enrich each other.

Answer: True

1. Empirically inspired eudaimonia (Eudaimonistic Scientia).
2. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and the Buddhist Abhidhamma
3. False.  Though opening the Good Life to everyone, their view of virtue was more demanding than Aristotle's.
4. To overcome suffering.
5. T
6. T
7. Answer: "My fellow-sufferer, my companion in miseries."

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