Every so often i get a really good question emailed to me… Here’s the latest… Hope it helps and pleas keep them coming….(firstname.lastname@example.org)
You know the five skhandas are they there the Buddha’s way of proving there is no self and that the the five skandas are things which people argue make you who you are and the Buddha is saying that is rubbish in his own holy buddhist way?
And here’s the reply:
Ye you’ve nailed it. The skhandas are five of the things that the Buddha thought most people wud say make as the same over time. But all five are IMPERMANENT and so cannot be the thing in me that’s the same today and tomorrow. Because of this, he thinks that people who believe in a permanent self have got it wrong.
The worst thing about this is that belief in the self leads to some pretty strange behaviour and usually increased DUKKHA suffering. Hatred, greed and delusion usually all stem from not just believing in a self but that ‘I’ am better/more deserving of things than other people.
Hope your having a good weekend, in the quiz the other day you knew loads so you’ll be totally fine…
here are some excellent resources that you could use to aid you in your RMPS (Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies) revision… especially when your getting bored of writing… First is utilitarian philosopher talking about the use of embryos on bigthink.com:
The above would be perfect for Int 2, this one might be better for those of you doing advanced or higher… Baroness Warnock on Radio 2 (I haven’t listened to this yet but hear it’s very useful):
To post your opinion on the view you signed up for in class just press comment below. Usual options (initials) apply and make sure you make your answer balanced and clear. We can all use each others answers for revising for the NAB… If you want to see a bigger version of the slide above just click on it… [Make sure you submit your answer to the correct post]
Hiyaaa and good luck for tomorrow’s exam. I’m sure you’re all going to do wonderfully. I was just doing a final check through the SQA arrangement documents (click for link) and I’ve included the bits you need to know here. You should find this list of outcomes pretty reassuring as we have covered far more than the minimum necessary.
And on Philosophy of Religion:
In terms of advice, read your booklet (available here), answer the question, stick to your timings and (almost) always give both sides in Analysis and Evaluation type questions…
And as always:
Explain why you think what you think.
Get a good sleep tonight and Good Luck! – I’ll see you outside tomorrow.
I’m not sure how much use this is for people anymore but if you’re studying Pascal’s Wager it might be helpful – click on the image for a larger version. Also be sure to check out the video here which is a pretty good introduction to his idea…
Here it is as promised for help with your Higher Philosophy Epistemology revision. Everything you need to know in a page (although you prob need to be able to write a paragraph explaining each point). Hope it helps.
This is really a bit of an experiment, and it’s not finished… It’s basically the specified Kant readings with some commentary for anyone that’s finding it all a bit hard to follow… please comment if it’s useful.
If I get enough positive feedback I’ll go through and do the Nozick and Utilitarianism readings too…