Please consider the following questions for this week’s discussion forum:

heir views and ideas, and please contact Sean at sean_gray@hks.harvard.edu if you have concerns of any kind about the discussion board.

Here are some questions to get things rolling:

(1) We’ve been presented with reasons to deny that lying is necessarily worse than truthful misleading. In your opinion, is lying worse than truthful misleading in some cases? All cases? Why or why not?

(2) Describe why transparency and oversight are important democratic norms. Is there ever good reason to think that these norms should not hold under certain circumstances, even for a democracy? What kind of circumstances would those be?

Discussion Board for Week 3

This is the discussion forum for week 3. Unless you have been cleared for the alternative participation assignment, you are not required to post to the discussion board. However, it is one great way to contribute to your participation grade for the course. (The other being attending and participating in section.)

In order to contribute to your participation grade in the course, posts must directly engage the philosophical material from the week’s lecture. (E.g., a post about the Batgirl motion comic that did not engage the philosophical material from last week’s lecture would not count.) The discussion board for each week will be closed to new posts Sunday at 11:59 PM; no late posts will be accepted.

Below you will find posts to get the discussion going; feel free to respond to these if you like. Responding to them is not necessary for receiving participation credit from your post. You can also post your own questions or engage with the posts of other students.

Please be respectful of other students and their views and ideas, and please contact Sean at sean_gray@hks.harvard.edu if you have concerns of any kind about the discussion board.

Here are some questions to get things rolling:

(1) What, in your opinion, is heroism? Which ethical theory reviewed in the module best captures heroism as you understand it?

(2) Describe one ethical theory addressed in the module and explain a key objection to this theory. Do you think the objection is a good one? Why or why not?

Discussion Board for Weeks 1 and 2

Weeks 1 & 2: The Philosophy of Art

This is the discussion forum for weeks 1 & 2, though it will focus on the lecture material from week 1.

A discussion forum for each week will be opened at the same time that the module for the week is released. Unless you have been cleared for the alternative participation assignment, you are not required to post to the discussion board. However, it is one great way to contribute to your participation grade for the course. (The other being attending and participating in section.)

In order to contribute to your participation grade in the course, posts must directly engage the philosophical material from the week’s lecture. (E.g., a post about the Batgirl motion comic that did not engage the philosophical material from last week’s lecture would not count.) The discussion board for each week will be closed to new posts each Sunday at 11:59 PM; no late posts will be accepted.

We will be posting questions each to get the discussion going; feel free to respond to these if you like. Responding to them is not necessary for receiving participation credit from your post. You can also post your own questions or engage with the posts of other students.

The discussion board for this week is devoted from the lecture material from last week’s lecture on aesthetics, rather than this week’s lecture on the history of superheroes. Here are some questions to get things rolling:

(1) What is art? Walk through an example that your definition seems to get right.

(2) Describe or link to an article about a borderline case of art — something that isn’t clearly art, but also isn’t clearly not art. For example, is a piece of driftwood that a famous artist picks up on the beach and then provides to a museum for display under her name art? It’s not immediately clear. (All examples should be “safe for work,” thanks!)

 

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