Karl Popper, a famous Austrian philosopher of science from the 20th century put forth the thesis that too much tolerance is a bad thing.
Watch the Vice Media coverage of the Charlottesville Neo-Nazi gathering/protest below and assess your position on tolerance and censorship:
Questions to Consider:
- What arguments exist that the group should the group NOT be tolerated? I.e not allowed to protest and spread their ideas?
- What arguments can you come up with that the group should be tolerated and allowed to protest and spread their ideas?
- What dangers exist in letting the group speak? What dangers exist in preventing them from speaking?
- How would this issue be viewed from a utilitarian perspective? How would the issue be viewed from a Kantian perspective?
Popper’s argument against too much tolerance is summarized below, what logical fallacy could you argue is present in his argument?
And lastly, let’s return to our title question: is tolerance the root of democracy’s demise?
Most people likely don’t connect Heideggarian philosophy with quantum physics…but you’re going to!
Watch the trailer for the film, “The Quantum Activist” below. In it, physicist Amit Goswami is discussing implications of quantum scientific concepts.
Your task is to write your Second Journal entry on the following prompt:
How are Heidegger and Goswami’s ideas related? Discuss the connection between Heideggarian philosophy and quantum physics.
To help you better understand Heidegger, read the NY times column below:
Alfred North Whitehead is a Brit who famously practiced philosophy at Harvard. However prior to becoming a “full time” philosopher, he was an oxford educated mathematician!
Consequently, the AOK of Math had a massive influence on his thinking and philosophy. Whitehead went on to formalize some of his musings on Math as an AOK and below are linked some excerpts from his famous work, An Introduction to Mathematics published in 1911.
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Knowledge Issues in Math
A key skill in TOK is being able to identify knowledge issues within areas of knowledge. This would lead to your skill in extracting knowledge questions from those issues and applying those epistemological questions of knowledge to real life situations.
But you don’t know how to do this yet!! J
So…below are some KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS relevant to the AOK of mathematics.
Knowledge Questions in math…
- TWE is truth different in mathematics, arts and ethics? How is truth unique in mathematics? What is “truth” in math?
- Is complete certainty achievable? (in mathematics?)
- Do ideas exist?
- Must something have physical properties in order to exist?
- What role does shared knowledge play in mathematics? Does personal knowledge exist in math?
- What’s the difference between knowledge and imagination?
- What’s the role of imagination in mathematics?
YOUR TASK: Your task is to move backwards from one of the above knowledge questions to identify KNOWLEDGE ISSUES and then finally a REAL LIFE SITUATION that could have inspired the knowledge question you analyzed.
- Choose a knowledge question to analyze above
- Identify “knowledge issues” relevant to your chosen question
- You need to identify 3-5 knowledge claims
- You need to identify 3-5 knowledge issues
- You should reference awakenedlearning.com for information, and specifically the document linked on awakenedlearning entitled “tok understanding knowledge issues”
- Identify a “real life situation” that you think could give birth to the knowledge question and or claims/issues you chose to analyze. You should try to choose one in Math, but if you can’t, that’s cool.