Western Thought Homework


Homework 23

Please read from p. 192 to the end of Book 8 (p. 216)

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Thursday night

 

 

-Due Monday, December 9th

 

AND

 

Reflection Essay 3

What is your reaction to Aristotle's Politics?  How did it make you feel?  Did it change your mind or challenge any of your previously held notions about the world? Make sure you anchor your statements in the text!

 

Tips

-Please remember to proofread your paper!  Reread it, or have a friend read it.

-Use clear, simple and easy to read sentences.

-Don't be afraid to assert your own opinion.

-If you want to disagree with Aristotle, that's okay, but you should have a reasonably good idea of what he believes if you want to argue against him.

 

Please write an essay of two to three pages (DOUBLE SPACED).  Please save it as a PDF entitled Your Name, Essay 3 and upload it to your Dropbox account by 11:59pm on the night of December 15th.

 

-Due Monday, December 16th


Homework 22

Please read pp. 171 to 192 (up to 1332b14).  Note that this is not the entirety of Book 7!

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Tuesday night

 

 

-Due Wednesday, December 4th


Homework 21

Please read Book 6 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Tuesday night

 

 

-Due Wednesday, November  27th


Homework 20

Please read Book 5 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Thursday night

 

 

-Due Friday, November  22nd


Homework 19

Please read Book 4 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Tuesday night

 

 

-Due Wednesday, November  19th


Homework 18

Please read Book 3 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Thursday night

 

 

-Due Friday, November  15th


Homework 17

Please read Book 2 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Monday night

 

 

-Due Tuesday, November  12th


Homework 16

We are beginning to read Aristotle's Politics.  Please read Book 1 (this reading should be about 26 pages).

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Sunday night

 

 

-Due Monday, November  4th


Homework 15

Please read Book X of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Tuesday night. 

 

 

-Due Wednesday, October 30th

 

Also...

 

Reflection Essay 2

What is your reaction to Plato's Republic?  How did it make you feel?  Did it change your mind or challenge any of your previously held notions about the world? Make sure you anchor your statements in the text!

 

Tips

-Please remember to proofread your paper!  Reread it, or have a friend read it.

-Use clear, simple and easy to read sentences.

-Don't be afraid to assert your own opinion.

 

Please write an essay of two to three pages (DOUBLE SPACED).  Please save it as a PDF entitled Your Name, Essay 2 and upload it to your Dropbox account by 11:59pm on the night of Tuesday, November 5th.

 

-Due Wednesday, November 6th


Homework 14

Please read Book IX of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Monday night.

 

-Due Tuesday, November 13th


Homework 14

Please read Book IX of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59 Sunday night. Also, please read this piece by Andrew Sullivan from 2016: Democracies end when they are too democratic.

 

 

-Due Monday, October 28th


Homework 13

Please read Book VIII of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59 Tuesday night.

 

 

-Due Wednesday, October 23rd


Homework 12

Please read Book VII of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59 Sunday night.

 

 

-Due Monday, October 21st


Homework 11

Please read Book VI of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59 Wednesday night.

 

 

-Due Thursday, October 17th


Homework 10

Please read Book V of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59 Thursday night.

 

 

-Due Friday, October 11th


Homework 9

Please read Book IV of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59 Monday night.

 

 

-Due Tuesday, October 8th


Homework 8

Please read Book III of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59 Thursday night.

 

 

-Due Friday, October 4th


Homework 7

Please read Book II of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Thursday night.

 

 

 

-Due Friday, September 27th


Homework 6

Please read Book I of Plato's Republic  Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59pm, Tuesday night.

 

-Due Wednesday, September 25th

 

Also:

 

Reflection Essay 1

What is your reaction to the Socratic dialogues (Meno, Apology and Crito)?  How did they make you feel?  Did they change your mind or challenge any of your previously held notions about the world?  Please write an essay of two to three pages (DOUBLE SPACED) for NEXT Tuesday.  Though this is expected to be a casual essay, I still want to see you excerpting and reacting to specific arguments or points in the texts.

 

Please save it as a PDF entitled Your Name, Essay 1 and upload it to your Dropbox account by 12 midnight, Tuesday night.

 

-Due Wednesday, October 2nd


Homework 5

Please start reading Plato's Crito. Please enter your three questions into this form by 11:59pm, Thursday night.

 

Also check out this piece from the New York Times: "The Dying Art of Disagreement."

 

 

-Due Friday, September 20th


Homework 4

Please read Plato's Apology. Please enter your three questions into this form by 11:59pm, Tuesday night. Here's a much shorter version of the Apology in comic form!

 

ALSO: For those of you who wonder whether formal logic can be used to prove mathematics, we proudly present "Harry Potter and the Set of All Sets the Do Not Contain Themselves."

 

 

-Due Wednesday, September 18th


Homework 3

Please read Plato's Meno.  It is 36 pages long, but I think you'll find it's pretty entertaining reading.  Please enter your three questions into this form by 11:59pm, Sunday night.

 

-Due Monday, September 16th


Homework (No number)

Please read the following article (PDF) on the Presocratics. This is taken from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 

 

ALSO, check out these cartoons about the Presocratics. 

 

-Due Friday, September 13th


Homework 2

Please read the Melian Dialogue from Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War. Think of three questions and enter them into this form. Please do so before 11:59pm tonight.

 

-Due Wednesday, September 11th

 

 


Homework 1

(1) Historia Civilis is a neat YouTube channel that has videos about ancient topics.  They did an excellent video explaining the rise of Athens's democracy.  Watch it here. Also, please read this brief history of Athens. Also, look at this very short overview of Athenian democracy, which fills in some of the holes in the video.

 

-Due Monday, September 9th

 

(2) Please read the Funeral Oration of Pericles.  Think of three questions about the Oration and enter them into this form!  Please do so before 11:59pm Monday night.

 

-Due Tuesday, September 10th


Homework

Please go to this form and enter in all information!  Please read this comic. And also this comic. Be prepared to discuss!

 

ALSO:

 

1) Make sure you have a Dropbox account!

 

2) Share a folder with me.  The format should be as follows:  If your name were Friedrich Nietzsche, the folder would be entitled: Friedrich Nietzsche, WPT .  My e-mail address for sharing is mpolazzo@gmail.com

 

3) Upload a headshot (not a whole body picture) of yourself that (a) is not too large and (b) actually looks like you. Place it in the shared folder. Name it friedrichnietzsche.jpg (substitute your first and last names).  Please note that all headshots should be in JPEG form!

 

 

-Due Friday, September 6th