Monday, February 28, 2011

Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

Read Book I and X
text available at:
journals due on Mar. 6.
Guidance questions:
1. what are people pursuing in the end?
2. what are the criteria of happiness?
3. What is the function of man?
4. Why contemplation is the best life?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Plato: Republic Book II

read the whole Book II and the allegory of cave in Book VII
text available at
Journals due on February 27

guidance questions:
1. Glaukon mentioned three kinds of good, to which does justice belong?
2. Which problem did Adeimantos find in poems and religion? What does he want Socrates to prove?
3. What's the requirement of guardians in the proposed city?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Plato: Republic I

Read book I,
text available at
Journals due on Feb. 13.

Guidance questions:
1. Can justice do good to friends and do harm to enemies?
2. Does justice mean the advantage of stronger?
3. Is injustice more useful than justice?