Reflection Part 1
The post that I am the most proud of is the who I am. I really enjoyed all of the introduction sections of the assignments because it felt as if it were the time in which you were given the most opportunity to speak freely. I enjoyed this post so much because it allowed me to open up about a topic that is still really controversial. I think all individuals have the right to be respected and treated equally. Living in a town where there were rarely minorities allowed me to discover the importance of diversity. From this learning experience, I now will make sure that diversity is a part of my life in my career and community.
Least Favorite Post
The least favorite post that I had to do was the one about Glofish. Now that I am even talking about it again I am getting frustrated. I can’t believe that this was even done. Whether the act of genetically modifying these animals was done for our amusement purpose or not, animals have rights. Although we lack communication, they still have the right to be treated equally. This goes against all of my morals, old and new. I think that more needs to be done for animals to attain equal rights with humans and this post made me want to make changes for them.
I feel that I had the most trouble writing the assignment on Mills work of utilitarianism. I think it brought me the most trouble because I found that the wording was difficult to understand. From this, I wasn’t sure if I was properly answering the questions and understanding the message he was trying to relay. After I did some outside reading and checked out a few other student’s blogs, I had a better understanding of happiness and pleasure. Our pleasures are measured by our experiences, which gives you the greatest pleasure is the one you will choose. In addition, the ones that offer the minimal amount of suffering to others will be considered in making your decision.
I feel that I learned the most from Aristotle. Out of all the philosophers we learned about, I feel that he had the clearest philosophy. Everything we do is aimed towards happiness. Whether big or small, people want to be happy. I found that a lot of the other philosophers spoke by generalizing everybody into certain categories. (ie. All women, all men) I thought it was harder to relate to those philosophers because I didn’t necessarily agree or think that they were right. I do believe that Aristotle was right. All people have different perspectives as to what happiness is and everybody wants to achieve it.
Reflection Part 2
Most interesting thing you learned
The most interesting thing I learned was from Aristotle and Pojman. I felt that both of them were able to explain the importance of their point of view. When it comes to Aristotle, ever since the first assignment early on in the course, I noticed that everything I do is aimed at happiness. Happiness is the underlying goal for many people and even in the book we were able to see that so much is based around it. I am much more aware of it now and I think it is interesting to see that a choice or decision is much more than that. It is based off of what will bring you happiness. When it comes to Pojman, I think the points that were relayed are of much importance. It is important for people to make sure that they do not judge others. People have different beliefs and morals and it is difficult for people to respect or even greater accept others beliefs. I have always been cautious of this, but the assignment reminded me of its importance. I am able to understand that I learned both of these things because of the fact I am more aware and understanding of my own morals and choices. With this knowledge in the future I will be able to know that everything I am doing is to attain happiness. As well, related to Pojman, other people are working towards their own happiness as well. I may not understand why something may make them happy, their morals or beliefs, but will not judge them for whom they are.
Reflection Part 3
Did your moral viewpoint change?
I would have to say that my moral viewpoint did not change. I believe that I am very strong-minded and very opinionated and it is clear I spoke my mind throughout the course. I do believe that some of the areas in which I already had my own point of view strengthened. In addition, I learned to become more accepting of the fact that people in the course will have different points of view. It was hard when you wanted to change somebody’s mindset to what you think was right (yours), but it was significant to myself and the course to respect my classmates and their opinion. Overall, I learned many things that I did not know before. You come to realize how in depth making a choice or decision actually is.
Reflection Part 4
How would you teach the course?
If I were to teach the course, I honestly don’t think I would make any changes. The blog was definitely difficult to navigate at first (I still have no clue if I made enough comments! I hope so.) and hard to search for other students. After I got the hang of it, I felt that the course went very smoothly. There was an adequate amount of time to complete all assignments with clear expectations. I would keep all of the assignments because I felt that I learned from every one of them. I wouldn’t drop any because although they may be difficult to write about or controversial when it comes to expressing ones point of view, I think it played a role in the outcome of the course. Other topics that could potentially be incorporated into the course could be ones that greater involve students majors and future. I know in some of the blogs students touched on these topics, but maybe relating a philosopher to specific careers would be interesting. I would recommend this course to other students because I feel that you don’t just learn about philosophers and ethics, but you learn about yourself. Through each assignment you are able to express yourself and challenge yourself to remain open minded when reading other students posts. The information from this course will carry with me into my future in my decisions and ethical considerations.