read The Dynamics of Discussion.
Journal writing is introspective - an opportunity
to think about your own experiences and thoughts through writing. In
this entry, think back on occassions in which you have discussed aspects
of your philosophical belief-system with others. It is likely that at
some point in your life you have had discussions with other people on
issues that are distinctly philosophical. Consider the philosophical
framework that you chose and the beliefs that you have that are related
to it. Sometimes people report that they have had negative and conflicting
expericnes with people on these matters. Others focus on positive interactions.
Most both types of experience.
The task here is to analyze some examples
of philosophical discussion from your experience in an effort to identify
what the positive and negative aspects are. Of particular interest is
to consider how these experience influence your willingness and approach
to discussion on these matter. Pay particular attention to identifying
the purpose that you bring to such discussion (see Success
Think back on discussions that you have
been involved in that dealt with issues related to your philosophical
framework. In particular, consider the philosophical problem that you
are working with in your Composition writing. For instance, if you had
chosen the Framework "Nothing
Is," your Philosphical Problem may be "Whether there
is an ultimate purpose to existence or not." In writing a Journal
entry, a person with this framework may described situations in which
s/he voiced a position on that problem and describe how it was received
by others. It turns out that they experienced significant opposition
to their position and described cases sparks
used by others against that position.
You are asked to provide a similar and
thoughtful insight into your personal experience with discussions related
to philosophical problems and ideas. Are people generally receptive
and open to your ideas? Are they closed and combative? How does your
experience leave you feeling about philosophical discussion?
A Journal is an open opportunity for your
to express your thinking and relate experiences. Treat your Journal
as an exploration into the depths of your own belief system. I'll meet