Western Thought Homework


Homework 53

Please read Part 2 in Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil.  .

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Sunday night.

 

 

-Due Monday, May 21st

 

ADDITIONALLY: Please bring me a check or money order made out to Stuyvesant High School in the amount of $32 to pay for this term's books.  Thanks!


Homework 52

We are going to begin Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil.  Please read Part 1.

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Wednesday night.

 

 

-Due Thursday, May 17th

 

ADDITIONALLY: Please bring me a check or money order made out to Stuyvesant High School in the amount of $32 to pay for this term's books.  Thanks!


Homework 51

We are finishing On Liberty. Please read chapters four and five, which can be found on pp. 79-124.  Or, if you prefer, listen to Chapter 4  or Chapter 5 (mp3 courtesy of Librivox.org). 

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59 Monday night.

 

-Due Tuesday, May 15th


Homework 50

ASSIGNMENT CHANGE! Please read only Chapter Three of On Liberty, which can be found on pp. 58-78.  Or, if you prefer, listen to Chapter 3 on Librivox.

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59 Thursday night. Note that this homework contains an extra field--name one social convention that you'd like to get rid of!

 

-Due Friday, May 11th


Homework 49

Please read Chapter Two of On Liberty, which can be found on pp. 16-57. Or, if you prefer, listen to it (Chapter 2, Part 1, Chapter 2, Part 2,)

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59 Tuesday night.

 

ADDITIONALLY: Please bring me a check or money order made out to Stuyvesant High School in the amount of $32 to pay for this term's books.  Thanks!

 

-Due Wednesday, May 9th


Homework 48

We are starting John Stuart Mill's On Liberty. Please read the first section, "Introductory," which can be found on pp. 3-16.  If you prefer, you can listen to it (mp3 courtesy of Librivox.org)--though this is slower than reading, I find.

 

Related to Mill, here's an argument that is IS acceptable to deny a platform to "hate speech." And here's an attack on that argument.

 

 

Please enter questions here before before 11:59 Sunday night.

 

-Due Monday, May 7th


Homework 47

Please finish the Communist Manifesto (pp. 20-41). Book can be found here

 

Please enter questions here before before 11:59 Wednesday night.

 

ALSO: Check out this New York Times "Room for Debate" on the question "Was Marx Right?"

 

AND: Your brain on love--similar to your brain on drugs.

 

ADDITIONALLY: Interesting piece by Cass Sunstein on choice.

 

-Due Thursday, May 3rd


Homework 46

We are beginning Marx and Engels--The Communist Manifesto--please read from page 5 (the intro) up to page 19--"Bourgeois and Proletarians." Here is a PDF of the whole book

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59 Sunday night.

 

-Due Monday, April 30th


Homework 45

Please read Book Four--the final book of the Social Contract--pages 112-146. (The whole book as a PDF is here). 

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59 Wednesday night.

 

 

-Due Thursday, April 26th


Homework 44

Please read Book Three of the Social Contract--pages 60-109. (The whole book as a PDF is here). 

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59 Monday night.

 

 

-Due Tuesday, April 23rd


Homework 43

Please read Book Two of the Social Contract--pages 26-57. (The whole book as a PDF is here). 

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Wednesday night.

 

-Due Thursday, April 19th


Homework 42

Please read Book One of Rousseau's Social Contract--pages 1-23.  If you want the PDF, it can be found here

 

AND: Proof that our class will make you happy?

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59 Monday night

 

-Due Tuesday, April 17th

 

ALSO:

 

Reflection Essay 5

 

 

Having read John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, who do you think made the better argument about commonwealths and the state of nature?  How did these arguments make you feel?  Did any of them change your mind or challenge any of your previously held notions about the world?  Please write an essay of two to three pages by Monday, April 23rd.  Please save it as a PDF entitled Your Name, Essay 5 and upload it to our shared Dropbox account by 11:59pm, Sunday night.

 

-Due Monday, April 23rd


Homework 41

We are finishing Locke.  Please read from page 98 to the end of the book.  Or you can check out the PDF here.

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59 Thursday night.

 

-Due Friday, April 13th


Homework 40

We are continuing with Locke.  Please read pages 67-98 in your book.  Or you can check out the PDF here.

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59 Tuesday night

 

-Due Wednesday, April  11th

 

ALSO: Check out this interesting article by a theoretical physicist about the feasibility of time travel--it hits on many of the themes from our earlier discussions on the matter.


Homework 39

We are continuing with Locke.  Please read pages 28-66 in your book.  Or you can check out the PDF here.

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Wednesday night.

 

-Due Thursday, March 29th. 


Homework 38

We are beginning John Locke's Second Treatise.  Please read pages 1-27 in your book.  Or you can check out the PDF here.

 

Please enter questions here before before 11:59pm Sunday night

 

-Due Monday, March 26th


Homework 37

Here is the fourth (and final) reading from Hobbes's Leviathan.

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Monday night.

 

 

-Due Tuesday, March 20th


Homework 36

Here is the third reading from Hobbes's Leviathan.

 

Please enter questions on the third reading here before 11:59pm Wednesday night.

 

 

-Due Thursday, March 15th


Regarding Governor Kasich's Visit: At the moment, to the best of my knowledge, the event is on during 4th period in the theater.  If you wish to attend please click here to print out the Stuy absence note.  Obviously you can only come if the teacher lets you go. Please apologize on my behalf to your teacher for the lateness of the request--I just got the go ahead at about 5:30pm. Thanks, and hope to see you there!


Homework 35

Here is the second reading from Leviathan.

 

Please enter questions on the second reading here before 11:59pm Thursday night.

 

 

-Due Friday, March 9th


Homework 34

Here is the first reading from Hobbes's Leviathan.

 

Please enter questions on the first reading here before 11:59pm Thursday night.

 

 

-Due Friday, March  2nd

 

ALSO

 

Here's a review of a new book that deals with a lot of the issues we have spoken about in class. Worth your time!

 

AND

 

Reflection Essay 4

What is your reaction to Machiavelli's Prince?  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! Please write an essay of two to three pages (DOUBLE SPACED).  Please save it as a PDF entitled Your Name, Essay 4 and upload it to your Dropbox account by 11:59pm on the night of Sunday, March 11th.

 

-Due Monday, March 12th


Homework 33

Please read The Prince, from Chapter 21 (p. 94) to the end (p. 112).

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Monday night.

 

-Due Tuesday, February 27th


Homework 32

Please read The Prince, from Chapter 17 (p. 71) to the end of Chapter 20 (p. 93).

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Tuesday night.

 

-Due Wednesday, February 14th


Homework 31

Please read The Prince, from Chapter 11 (p. 49) to the end of Chapter 16 (p. 70).

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Wednesday night. IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WHO MOVED PERIODS: Please list your new class when entering your name.

 

-Due Friday, February 9th


Homework 30

Please read The Prince, from Chapter 7 (p. 28) to the end of Chapter 10 (p. 48).

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Sunday night

 

-Due Monday, February 5th


Homework 29

We are moving on to Machiavelli. For background, please read the timeline entitled "The World of Niccolo Machiavelli and the Prince," on page ix of our book. Also, please read the introduction (though it is about 30 pages, they go quickly).

 

Read The Prince, from page 5 (the dedicatory letter) up to page 26 (the end of Chapter 6) Also, please read Machiavelli's description of Cesare Borgia's slaughter at Senigallia, found here (entitled "A description of the methods adopted by the Duke Valentino when murdering Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto da Fermo, the Signor Pagolo, and the Duke di Gravina Orsini").  

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Monday night. NOTE: For now, please list the period you attended during the FIRST term.  Thanks!

 

 

-Due Tuesday, January 30th


Interstitial Assignment 2: Time Travel

Ethical Puzzles of Time Travel

 

Do I Have The Right to Be?

 

Science Solves the Grandfather Paradox 

 

Space and Time Warps by Stephen Hawking

 

The Sound of Thunder--a short story about time travel by Ray Bradbury (you can ignore the discussion questions at the end)

 

The Skull, by Phillip K. Dick

 

4 Scientific Theories for Actual Time Travel

 

All You Zombies, by Robert Heinlein

 

 

-Due Friday, January  19th


Hey all... I've decided to push Machiavelli back to the beginning of the next term.  Instead, we're going to focus on some interesting topics using the tools from the philosophers that we have read.  So... without any further ado:

 

Interstitial Assignment 1: Rise of the Machines

Check out this video: Humans Need Not Apply

 

Also from the Wait But Why blog: The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence part 1 and part 2

 

 

 

-Due Wednesday, January 17th


Homework 28

Please read the fourth (and final) excerpt from Augustine's City of God.

 

Questions due here by 11:59pm, Thursday night.

 

 

-Due Friday, January 12th


Homework 27

Please read the third excerpt from Augustine's City of God.

 

Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59pm, Monday night.

 

Also, check out this interesting piece from The New Yorker: What if parents loved strangers' children as much as their own?

 

-Due Tuesday, January 9th


Homework 26

Please read the second excerpt from Augustine's City of God.

 

Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, (next) Monday night.

 

-Due Tuesday, January 2nd


Homework 25

Please read these excerpts from Augustine's City of God.

 

Questions due here by 11:59, Tuesday night.

 

 

-Due Wednesday, December 20th


Homework 24

We are beginning a short unit on Augustine.  Please check out Augustine the African in preparation for class.

 

-Due Tuesday, December 19th

 

ALSO

 

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

 

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 Monday, January 1st.

 

 

-Due Tuesday, January 2nd


Homework 23

Please read Book 8 of Aristotle's Politics. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59pm tonight.

 

 

-Due Tuesday, December 14th


Homework 22

Please read Book 7 of Aristotle's Politics. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Sunday night.

 

 

-Due Monday, December 11th


Homework 21

Please read Book 6 of Aristotle's Politics. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Tuesday night.

 

 

-Due Wednesday, December 6th


Homework 20

Please read Book 5 of Aristotle's Politics. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Sunday night.

 

 

-Due Monday, December 4th


Homework 19

Please read Book 4 of Aristotle's Politics. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Monday night.

 

 

-Due Tuesday, November 28th


Homework 18

Please read Book 3 of Aristotle's Politics. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Monday night.

 

 

-Due Tuesday, November 21st


Homework 17

Please read Book 2 of Aristotle's Politics. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Wednesday night.

 

 

-Due Thursday, November 16th


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  13th

 

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 Sunday, November 19th.

 

-Due Monday, November 20th


Homework 15

Please read Book X of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Tuesday night.  Here's an article entitled "Democracies end when they are too democratic," by Andrew Sullivan--written prior to the election of Donald Trump, it's worth a read.

 

 

-Due Wednesday, November 8th


Homework 14

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

 

 

-Due Thursday, November 2nd


Homework 13

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

 

...and by popular demand, Socrates memes!

 

-Due Friday, October 27th


Homework 12

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

 

-Due Tuesday, October 24th


Homework 11

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

 

ALSO: If you haven't already done so, please turn in a check or money order made out to Stuyvesant High School for $30 to pay for our books.

 

-Due Thursday, October 19th


Homework 10

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

 

ALSO: If you haven't already done so, please turn in a check or money order made out to Stuyvesant High School for $30 to pay for our books.

 

-Due Tuesday, October 17th


Homework 9

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

 

ALSO: If you haven't already done so, please turn in a check or money order made out to Stuyvesant High School for $30 to pay for our books.

 

-Due Friday, October 13th


Homework 8

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

 

ALSO: I need you to pay me for the books that I have distributed.  You should have received Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics and Machiavelli's Prince; the total cost is $30.  Please pay with a check or money order made out to Stuyvesant High School.

 

-Due Tuesday, October 10th


Homework 7

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

 

 

 

-Due Thursday, October 5th


Homework 6

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

 

-Due Tuesday, October 3rd

 

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, Monday night.

 

-Due Tuesday, October 10th


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 today's New York Times "The Dying Art of Disagreement."

 

 

-Due Friday, September 29th


Homework 4

Please read Plato's Apology. We will discuss on Wednesday and Thursday.   Think of three questions and enter them into this form. Please do so before 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 27th


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 25th


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 Tuesday, September 19th


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 tomorrow (Thursday) night.

 

-Due Friday, September 15th


Homework 1

(1) Check out this brief history of Athens. Also, look at this very brief overview of Athenian democracy

 

-DUE Tomorrow (September 12th)

 

(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 tomorrow night.

 

-Due Wednesday, September 13th


Homework

You should do the following:

 

1) Make sure you have a Dropbox account--if you've entered your information into the Google form, and you don't have a Dropbox account, you will have received an invitation from me to create one.

 

2) Share a folder with me.  The format should be as follows:  If your name were David Hume, and you were in my sixth period class, the folder would be entitled: David Hume 6, WPT.  My e-mail address for sharing is mpolazzo@gmail.com

 

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

 

4) All uploaded data is due by the start of your class on Monday.

 

 

ALSO

 

This Monday is the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  These actions triggered many debates about the appropriateness of vengeance and a discussion on justice in the philosophical community.  To that end, please read two short pieces "The Cycle of Revenge," by Simon Critchley--published in the New York Times's The Stone section and an article by Thane Rosenbaum entitled "The Nonexistent Line Between Justice and Revenge." If you want more info, you can listen to or read this interview with Rosenbaum on NPR.  Be prepared to discuss!

 

FINALLY

 

I'm not usually one to post scholarship stuff, but this one seems pretty good: the Jack Kent Cook foundation pays $40,000 a year and is for seniors with some financial need. Here's a link with more info--though the application process doesn't open until Thursday, September 14th

 

-Due Monday, September 11th


Homework

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

 

 

-Due Friday, September 8th