PHL100Y LEC 1
The love of wisdom- philosophy
Bob miller book room (180 Bloor street W.)
Practical wisdom, practical judgement, prudence.
Truth, reality, morality, and beauty- Plato’s republic
Not about ethics but about human life and flourishing-Aristotle
Explicating about a passage- first paper
Analyze an argument- second paper
Comparing views on the same subject-third paper
Philosophy paper-fourth paper.
Why are YOU here?
Thieves- stealing time that they spend here from themselves. Looks at the course as a game to be
Brokers- self-conscience about what they are up to.
Lovers- Listen, think, respond to the ideas. Deeper human concerns.
Philosophy -philein Sophia (“love of wisdom”)
Intellectual masturbation, arguing about the nature of knowledge, reality , and value.
Anybody can argue anything if there cleaver enough.
Sophistry, not philosophy. One of philosophies central concerns in distinguishing true
philosophers from false ones.
The Oracle at Delphi is inscribed “Know thyself’ put yourself in question.
Drawing distinctions and defending them, relating class and instance, joining specific to general.
That’s part of the method of philosophy. The way it gets closer to knowledge and wisdom.
Socratic Method (via Plato)
1. Irony - distance or gap- there is some gap between what it says and what is meant. Socrates
would appear to prefence something to advance a discussion
2. Doctrina Ignorantia- Socrates would pretend not to know anything. Because when he goes to
the oracle they said he was the wises.
3. Dialectic argument- Moves by conflict, energy comes from disagreement.
4. Maieusis- means bringing forth, Socrates was not a generated, he helped to bring out the
knowledge. Socrates as “the midwife of ideas”
Basic Mechanism; Elenchus
General definition requested (not instances) “if this than what”
(Socrates wants exact answers,
Definition fails- counter- example or similar objection.