Archive | February, 2012


29 Feb

1. Sisyphus was charged with having withheld information from the gods.

2. He tasted life again and wanted to keep living. Therefore, he remained living even though he actually already died.

3. He is the absurd hero because his whole being is exerted towards accomplishing nothing.

4.His passions were for life, and the Earth.

5.The moment when he makes it to the top and the rock rolls back down the hill particularly interests Camus. This is because Camus believes that at this moment, Sisyphus is superior to the gods due to his

6. Consciousness is important so that he can think on his way back down. The gods left him conscious so that he would be in eternal torment, but it is this same consciousness that allows him to think and give meaning to his life.

7. Sisyphus’s torture is at the same time a blessing according to Camus, which makes it paradoxical. At the same time that he is being tortured, he is also receiving meaning to his life.

8. The absurd victory is that he wins even though he has actually lost. Though he fails to roll the rock up the hill, he wins on the way back down.

9. The fact that he has to go up and down the hill for ever never stopping makes the feeling of absurd arise.

10. Humans can decide whether they are happy or not. Regardless of the absurd or reality, mankind drives fate by making their own decisions.

11. By concluding that all is well he engages in the absurd and is therefore happy according to Camus.

12. The fact that men make their own morals supports Nietzsche’s argument. For example, though Sisyphus is in eternal torture, he manages to stay happy.

Nietzsche Project

28 Feb

Project –>

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27 Feb

Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination triggered world war II. This was the tipping point, but there was a buildup of tension before. Such as the conflict in the Balkans and and an arms race.

I have not made any important decisions in my life. I guess my biggest decision would be my philosophical views

3/1- absent

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Chapter 28 Study Guide

27 Feb
I posted this first, so if someone else *cough*sahil*cough*awais*cough has the same one they copied me
  1. The Treaty of Versailles crippled Germany. It lost land to Poland, France, Belgium, and Denmark, in addition to all its colonies, it’s army was severely reduced, and Germany had to accept all the blame for the war and pay huge reparations. This angered the people of Germany who felt that the treaty was unfair. Hitler as able to rise to power by promising that he would reverse the humiliation caused by the treaty of Versailles. He started out by stopping reparations, then he began invading German-speaking parts of Europe, to add land to Germany. Hitler’s invasion of Poland is what started World War II. Until then, other countries were just hoping that Hitler would go away, as they were hesitant to enter another war, when the last one had been so devastating.
  2. After World War II, many former colonies began to gain independence. From 1946-1970, first in Asia, then in Africa and other areas, almost all former Western colonies won independence. When Europe fought in the World War, its colonies began to question why they didn’t get the same values of independence as Britain. However, it was not only loss of colonies that weakened Europe. War weakened Western Europe in the world by sapping its strength and then replacing its leadership with that of the new superpowers. The rise of the United States was particularly strong in the global economy.
  3. The impact of World War I on the European economy led to several rocky years into the early 1920’s. War-induced inflation was a particular problem in Germany, where prices soared daily and ordinary purchases took huge amounts of currency. These dissents lead to the rise of the Nazi’s. Farmers throughout the western world faced almost chronic overproduction of food and resulting low prices. This is because production went up in wartime, but now that the war was over, there was too little demand and too much supply. Production often exceeded demand, which drove prices down in other parts of the world, such as Africa and Latin America. This was especially devastating for Africa and Latin America, as they were dependent economies.The stage was set for the Great Depression.

Journals 2/22-2/24

23 Feb

2/22 – test

2/23 – there is such as a thing as absolute truth, but not in all things. Some things, like how mankind was created and what this chair is made of have an absolute truth, though we may not know it. Something’s don’t have an absolute truth, such as the meaning of life and whether something tastes good. These change based on person to person, based on their personal experiences and beliefs. Morality is one of these things too

2/24 – I dont now what to write about, so I will write about what I want to write about. I don’t know. I’m also kind of screwed bc I got a 58 on the last test.

23 Feb

My Project –>Hegel

Works Cited

“Critical Philosophy.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster. Web. 22 Feb. 2012. <;.

Duquette, David A. “Hegel’s Social and Political Thought.” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. IEP, 3 July 2005. Web. 22 Feb. 2012. <;.

Redding, Paul. “Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. SEP, 22 July 2010. Web. 22 Feb. 2012. <;.

Trejo, Paul. “Summary of Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind.” Philosophy Collection. The English Server, Aug. 1993. Web. 22 Feb. 2012. <;.

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Chapter 27 key questions

16 Feb
  1. The major difference between the industrialization of Russia and Japan was that there was little revolution in Japan. Japanese nationalism became a deep force, probably in Japan more than elsewhere, that played a unique role in justifying sacrifice and struggle in a national mission to preserve independence and dignity in a hostile world. Nationalism, along with firm police repression of dissent and the sweeping changes of the early Meiji rulers. In addition, Japanese industrialization began much after Russia, during the 1890’s. Similarities include social change. In Japan the samurai class was abolished and Russian serfs were emancipated. There was an overall trend for equality among peoples. In both countries, industrialization threatened the social hierarchies of both societies. In addition, both nations used territorial expansion as a means of mollifying the aristocracy and building support for the imperial government.
  2. Russia made important gains, but they did not satisfy growing Russian ambitions, and they also brought trouble. Russian diplomatic aspirations weren’t matched with hegemony increases. These simmering troubles cultivated in a 1904 war with Japan. Russian defeat led to massive protests, which resulted in the creation of a national parliament. The revolution was made possible by the rise of the intelligentsia, the class of articulate intellectuals. They started to become more active in politics, because they were increasingly unhappy with the Russian political situation. Mainly, the continuing dissatisfaction of both peasants and landowners spilled over to revolution.
  3. Latin America was still highly economically dependent on the West, whereas Russia and Japan could be considered as using Western influence but adapting it to fit their respective countries For example, Japan retained its traditional valves of obedience despite adapting Western technology. Likewise, Russia freed its serfs to match the greater equality found it the West, but they were still not granted political rights at a national level. This difference arose because Latin America had been under direct rule by the West. Their culture had been destroyed because of colonialism, which is why they could not seek to blend Western culture with their own like Japan and Russia.