Ivility and the Virtue Tradition: Around the World and Across Centuries

Take Home Test Essay Three
Civility and the Virtue Tradition:
Around the World and Across Centuries

This last Take Home Test Essay completes our exploration of how Civility and the Virtue Tradition in Philosophy have Showed upin many cultures over the last two millennia. Your goal is to follow the threads we have been discussing -the Virtue Tradition in Philosophy and the cultivation of Civility -across time and geographical/cultural space.

Begin with the traditional African worldview before the arrival of Islam, Christianity, and European worldviews. Then, consider the Asian traditions of Taoism and Buddhism and their relationships with our major course themes. Conclude with the role of Civility in the Monotheisms, in the Courtier Ideal in Renaissance Italy, and in the tradition of Restorative Justice, which has ancient roots and modern sprouts.

This is your opportunity to tie it all together, to make some sweeping statements about the presence of the Virtue Tradition in Philosophy and the pursuit of Civillity over thousands of years. Why do you think we have returned to a focus on these approaches to life at this time in our own history?

(We used Confucius, marcus aurelius, taoist sage, and ubuntu a lot in this class)

Points: 20
Due in printed form in class on April 23rd 2pm
Length: About two pages, typed and double-spaced