Reading Assignment are as follows:Kornhaber, SP. (2017, Jan 5). Pop Culture is Having a Metaphysical Moment. The Atlantic. Retrieved from

Reading Assignment are as follows:
Kornhaber, SP. (2017, Jan 5). Pop Culture is Having a Metaphysical Moment. The Atlantic. Retrieved from
Read the magazine article in The Atlantic giving modern examples of metaphysics in American pop culture. The idea is not as unapproachable and foreign as you may think. After reading this article, consider metaphysical questions from your own life and culture and prepare to discuss them in the Discussion Forum.
Even Philosophers can confuse themselves. Read the short article from Stanford University on Andronicus of Rhodes available at and prepare to discuss the birth of Aristotelian Metaphysics in the Discussion Group.
Read about Zeno’s Paradox at This is a classic Metaphysical Dilemma that you will probably recognize.
Watch the video about The Grandfather Paradox at
There are many such paradoxical ideas within the study of metaphysics. The conflict of time travel, the question of thinking of the mind as an entity (rather than a simple organ in your head), do we have Free Will, and what’s infinity are just a few of them.
Use The Khan Academy resource) to broaden your understanding of Metaphysical Challenges to reality. In the Discussion Group this week, you will be challenged to use what you’ve discovered in a way that brings meaning to those ideas.
Read part “b.” in Kant article “The Duality of the Human Situation” available at: and think about whether we act upon the world or it acts upon us. How does reason guide our actions and reaction to the world?
More on Kant:
Read: Harp, J. (2004). Simic’s Surrealist Metaphysics: A Review of Charles Simic, “The Voice at 3:00 A.M.: Selected Late and New Poems”.” The Iowa Review 34(2), 170-175. Available at:
Metaphysics is everywhere. This is the stuff that makes life and love possible – or at least exciting. Having read about Charles Simic, I want you to think as a scholar for a minute:
First, “Reviews” in the scholastic sense are much more than “reviews” in pop-culture for movies and books. See how Harp (2004) teaches us not just what we’re going to read, but why it matters that we do
As you grow as researcher, do not miss skip over these valuable resources to help you cage your experience around relevant key point and topics in the text(s).
Now read: about Simic
The approach to philosophy, and particularly metaphysics, from artists and poets like Simic, are examples of the place where ancient life meets modern life. You’ll be asked about this in Discussion group this (and next) week.
More from Simic at:
Part 1
Your FIRST of TWO topic posts this week should be a reaction to The Atlantic article and Charles Simic. In this reaction give an example of this kind of search for meaning in your own life and culture.
Your SECOND topic, keeping in mind that is a round-table discussion, please post if you think Bruno (the penguin in the Time Travel Paradox video) could or could not kill his Grandfather.
Discussion Guidelines
Do not write more than 1-2 paragraphs per post (try to be succinct; it is the sign of a sharp mind to be able to collate and present an argument succinctly)
Cite any reference in apa format. Part 2
Please look briefly at each and pick the one that will give you the most rewarding experience to learn more about.
Auguste Comte (1798-1857) French
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) German
John Scotus Erigena (810-877) Irish
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 – present) Vietnamese
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) U.S. President
Charles Simic (1938 – present) Yugoslavia
In the paper, identify your Philosopher of choice and give a short biographical paragraph describing him, another paragraph (or two) for the era and culture within which they were influenced, and a third introductory topic paragraph (or two) about the reason you selected him
From there:
Describe their Metaphysical challenge
Give several examples of their view
Close with your opinion about this view
Why is it still something the modern student of philosophy would be compelled to study?
Give a personal reaction, your personal opinion based on your own background and culture, about the metaphysical discourse offered by your selected scholar
Use the grading rubric provided as your guide for doing your best, and as a checklist for making sure your peers will agree!
Assignment Guidelines
Write a fully APA-compliant 3- page paper for this Unit
You should include a reference page, with APA citations, at the end of your paper. This page is not part of the 3-pages of written work
Standard margins, 12-point font, New Times Roman or similar
Do not write less, do not write more
Be sure to read the assessment criteria before you begin writing
For more information on APA formatting:
Part 3
For this week’s journal, please share with me what the most interesting part (lesson/discussion) this week was. How did that experience change your worldview? Please explain how you thought before, and how the new viewpoint changed that old thinking into something new.
Minimum words is 250 and cite any reference in apa format.

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