Week 7 Aristotle vs Confucius Definition of Virtue Ethics Discussion
Need help with my Philosophy question – I’m studying for my class.
In order to receive credit for these assignments (in general) you must do a number of things:
1. Have a post of at least 150 words on topic.
2. Contain one citation. (do not worry about this for the first assignment)
3. Include the password I drop in the audio lectures (do not worry about this for this first assignment
3. It must use one of the WRAITEC ( The goodthinker’s toolkit) letters as a tool to prompt yourself.
How does one use WRAITEC? It is rather straightforward; pick one of the letters (such as R for reasons) and focus on the reasons for Aristotle making this or that claim. Any letter can be used, but be sure to be clear which it is you are using (at least for these first couple weeks of class).
Additionally, you owe your fellow inquirers two replies. This means you can either reply to two different classmate’s responses, or respond to someone who has replied to you. These replies should actually attempt to engage with your eachother. Posts consisting of very basic sentiments (mere regurgitation of what your class mate has said in order to prove you read their post to me), will receive no credit. A good way to not make a mistake here is by asking questions of your fellows. Such questions will encourage further conversation. These replies should be about 50-100 words,
Ultimately, this means I want to see three things from you weekly: a response, and two replies.
A note on grading: these assignments are credit/no-credit (either 1 point or no points). You make ask the question “if there are two replies, and I only do one, do I get half credit?” The answer is no–Half points will not be awarded for these assignments. Also not that these weekly assignments total 30% of your overall grade (responses being 15% and replies being 15%). I mention this, because missing these assignments will quickly add up to hurt your grade with no way to really earn points back in this category.
Discussion Q: (Need 3 seperate answers)
Is philosophy always what we think it is? What types of cultural assumptions do we make when we engage with philosophic concepts? In looking at Confucius, particularly the Vocabulary, what assumptions did you make going in, and how were they reinforced, or subverted? In other words, is what Aristotle is doing in the Nicomachean Ethics the same as what Confucius is doing in the Analects?
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