Omapare any two of the following: Empedocles,Lucretius,Aristotle, the account Socrates gives and Simmias and Cebes accept in Phaedo
Comapare any two of the following: Empedocles,Lucretius,Aristotle, the account Socrates gives and Simmias and Cebes accept in Phaedo
Be sure to identify and discuss:
-What each philosopher you have selected takes the goal of philosophical activity to be (be as thorough as you can)
-How if at all each thinks these goals can be achieved
-Why, according to each, philosophy should be practiced or pursued
-What benefits or value each philosopher takes it to have
-As you see it, does either (or both) leave out any important concerns in this regard? Explain
In responding to the topic that i have selected above: consult and discuss at least one modern secondary source(but no more than three) and at least one ancient primary source ). The content of this paper should NOT be merely a summary of what the modern secondary source(s) said; it MUST also involve my own assessment of whether the modern secondary source(s) you have used to make valid arguments, has provided sufficient or compelling evidence for the points it wishes to make, or has made some other contribution to your understanding of the topic i have chosen. You should also explain why you concluded that the modern sources arguments or positions were compelling or valid(or not).Include reasoning, not unsupported opinions. You will also need to show what YOU think the ancient philosopher(s) you are considering mean by what they say. That is , show what in the text of the fragments supports the inferences you make about the philosophers meanings.
Quotations must not make up more than twenty percent of the paper. Part of the paper must be used to explain why you agree or disagree with the arguments or positions presented in the mordern writer you cite. Your reasoning, analyses , and arguments are a central part of the paper.
NOTES ON SOURCES
Your modern secondary source must be a book, a book chapter in an anthology, or an article in an scholarly journal. The modern source should NOT be an encylopedia or dictionary. Please do not use wikipedia at all. Lastly, your modern secondary should be less than 40 years old. It is quite all right to disagree with a writer you have read; its also quite all right to agree, or to have questions. But in any of these cases you must show the reasoning you used that leads you to agree, disagree, or have questions.
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