November 03, 2003

Ethical quandary

I got a 17/22 on my last Philosophy quiz. It's a really good mark, especially because I didn't understand anything. I wrote a bad essay -- only wrote five lines, answered only one of the two questions because I didn't even know what the second question meant, and got 8/8 on that part. So either

--I really do understand Kant more than I thought and I did an okay essay

--or Prof. Plantinga thought I understood more than I do

--or Prof. Plantinga graded my paper based on more criteria than I'm aware of (like participation in class, etc.)

--or Prof. Plantinga was just giving grace.

I'm not sure what to do. The essay question is 'Why did Kant distinguish between "phenomena" and "noumena"? Where does the "thing in itself" fit in?' and I didn't even mention the "thing in itself" because I had no clue what it meant.

It's not fair that I, who don't really understand Kant, should get a better grade than someone who understands him better and didn't just guess correctly on a bunch of the questions. On the other hand, life isn't fair, and although being a skilled guesser on multiple choice essays isn't an important life skill, it is a necessary one in many cases in school. I'm a good test-taker. Is it fair? No. But I can't really do anything about that, either. What do you think I should do?

Posted by Tim at November 3, 2003 01:35 PM | TrackBack

Learn to crush cans without guilt, and 'be the ball...'.

Posted by: Ted at November 3, 2003 02:26 PM

The image of a object "in" the mirror is one of examples of Kant's "phenomena", and the object is the "noumena".In a dark, the object which isn't seen , samely, no "phenomena",is unkown.If we can obtain "phenomena",we can believe that noumena is exist.

Posted by: mengzi at May 6, 2004 04:16 AM
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