Essential Questions

  • How do we define the term "Monster"? How do we react to and/or interact with Monsters in our society?
  • If truth is difficult to prove in history, does it follow that all versions are equally acceptable?
  • In what ways might social, political, cultural and religious factors affect the types of human science research that are financed and undertaken, or rejected?
  • Is science, or ought it to be, value free? What implications does your answer have for the regulation of science? Considering the fight over Intelligent Design vs. Evolution (as well as Research Scandals), who should decide whether particular directions in research are pursued?
  • Is mathematics invented or discovered?
  • Picasso said, "Art is a Lie That Tells the Truth." Considering our reading of Grendel, to what extent do you agree with that statement?
  • To what extent do the different ways of knowing and areas of knowledge influence the values adopted by individuals and societies?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Grendel Ch. 8

December 8

In what ways does the character of Red Horse embody the political concept of Machiavellianism? If you have not been exposed to Machiavelli - learn about him today!

Red Horse also has some Anarchist tendencies - can you give me an example?

Also, what does Hrothgar have to do with Plato's Republic?

Finally, Grendel says at the end of the chapter, "I made him what he is." In what ways does that connect to page 91 where Grendel exclaims, "My enemies define themselves on me?"

Can you think of a person that might be uttering this phrase at this very moment?

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