Brief Discussions: Philosophy


Text book to reference;
Soccio, D. J., Archetypes of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy, 8th Edition, Cengage Learning.


1. Make a convincing case that advertisers are sophists. Are they? Give an example of nonsophistic and sophistic advertising. Use examples from print and media. (min 100 words)

2. Briefly compare the similarities between the philosophers you studied this lesson.
Write a recommendation to your classmates about which philosopher they should study. (50-100 words)

3. What philosopher or philosophy studied so far has confirmed or supported your current thinking or personal philosophy and why? (i.e., your thinking has basically remained unchanged, and you have found that you already agree with one of the philosophers studied. Possibly, you perhaps have found that one of the philosophers studied has strengthened certain beliefs you already held.) (min 100 words)

4. What is a thought experiment? Give or design an example of a thought experiment you can use or have used in your own life. Be sure to follow your experiment through to “the end.” (min 100 words)

5. Think about Mill’s argument of the qualitative differences between pleasures and describe how these relate to your own life experiences. (min 100 words)


6. Respond thoughtfully to a classmate’s posting. Be sure your response is pertinent to their posting. (min 100 words)

7. Explain Marx’s concept of alienation, species-life, alienated and unalienated labor. Give an example of these concepts in your life or events you have knowledge of from any field or source. (min 100 words)

8. Pick a basic concept or development of philosophy from Chapter 15, 16, or the first half of 17 of your book. Explain it to three to five friends or colleagues. Ask how they feel or what they think about the topic. Write down the conversation and dialog that you have, especially as it relates to the concepts studied. You may use the style of one of Plato’s dialogs. As always, include your own reflections on the topic and how it applies to your own philosophy. Be sure to explain why or why not that concept applies to your own philosophy. (min 100 words)

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