fidesquaerens (marta_bee) wrote,

I just outlined my last two lectures of the semester. That covers the last bit of the summer semester. We're talking about Pascal's wager as well as Clifford's "The Ethics of Belief." The first looks at the argument we should believe God exists because belief has better consequences than disbelief (and agnosticism isn't an option); the second makes the case that "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence".

Interesting topics, to be the sure, though it will be interesting to see how the Clifford essay goes. It all seems rather undefined and vague to me - this is the first time I'm teaching it. I mean, yes, there's a hugely important idea, but I'm not sure the discussion will fill the requisite time. If it lags too much I may show a Star Trek clip from "Who Watches the Watchers?" (on whether non-justified belief is always inferior to justified belief).

As I mentioned over at FaceBook, I also have a mountain of grading. The final exam is coming in and their term paper was due today and they also have an argument outline due the first part of the semester, and I have most of the final argument analysis still to grade as well. *whimpers* But with class prep done, maybe I can focus on that and plough through it. And, you know, actually make progress on my own personal research and all that jazz.

But tomorrow afternoon is definitely movie time. Maybe I'll see HP again, but it seems like there was something else good that just came out.

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