Western Thought Homework


Homework 33

Here is the first reading from Hobbes's Leviathan.

 

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

 

 

-Due Monday, February 25th

 

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 24th.

 

-Due Sunday, March 24th


Homework 32

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

 

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

 

-Due Wednesday, February 13th


Homework 31

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

 

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

 

-Due Monday, February 11th


Homework 30

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

 

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

 

-Due Wednesday, February 6th


Homework 29

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

 

Please enter questions here before 11:59pm Thursday night

 

-Due Friday, January 31st


Homework 28

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 27 (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 29th


Homework 27

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

 

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

 

 

-Due Wednesday, January 16th


Homework 26

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

 

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

 

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

 

-Due Monday, January 14th


Homework 25

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

 

Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Wednesday night

 

-Due Thursday, January 10th


Homework 24

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

Also, please read these excerpts from Augustine's City of God.

 

Questions due here by 11:59, Monday night.

 

-Due Tuesday, January 8th

 

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 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 Wednesday, January 9th.

 

 

-Due Thursday, January 10th


Homework 23

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

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Wednesday night

 

 

-Due Thursday, January 3rd


Homework 22

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

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Thursday night

 

 

-Due Friday, December 21st


Homework 21

Please read Book 6 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Monday night

 

 

-Due Tuesday, December 18th


Homework 20

Please read Book 5 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Wednesday night

 

 

-Due Thursday, December 13th


Homework 19

Please read Book 4 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Sunday night

 

 

-Due Monday, December  10th


Homework 18

Please read Book 3 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Monday night

 

 

-Due Tuesday, December  3rd


Homework 17

Please read Book 2 of Aristotle's Politics.

 

Please enter questions here by 11:59, Wednesday night

 

 

-Due Thursday, November  29th


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  26th


Homework 15

Please read Book X of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59, Sunday 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 Monday, November 19th

 

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 25th.

 

-Due Monday, November 26th


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 13

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

 

-Due Thursday, November 8th


Homework 12

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

 

-Due Friday, November 2nd


Homework 11

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

 

-Due Friday, October 29th


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 23rd


Homework 9

Please read Book IV 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 18th


Homework 8

Please read Book III of Plato's Republic. Think of three questions and enter them here by 11:59 pm Sunday 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 Monday, October 15th


Homework 7

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

 

 

 

-Due Friday, October 5th


Homework 6

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

 

-Due Wednesday, 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 9th


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 28th


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 26th


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 24th


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 Thursday, September 20th


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 Sunday night.

 

-Due Monday, September 17th


Homework 1

(1) Check out this brief history of Athens. Also, look at this very brief overview of Athenian democracy. And here's a quick video explaining the basics.

 

-Due Wednesday, 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 Wednesday night.

 

-Due Thursday, September 13th


Homework

A couple of years ago, Stanley Fish wrote a piece in the New York Times called Condemnation without Absolutes. Then, ten years later, NYU philosophy professor Paul Boghossian rebutted him in The Maze of Moral Relativism.

 

Think about who was more convincing and be prepared to discuss in class. 

 

NOTE: Boghossian uses some technical language.  The most important word he uses is normative.  By this, he means a judgment about the way the world should be.  Normative statements are typically contrasted with empirical statements, which are thought to be statements about the world based on factual data.  So "there's an art show today" is an empirical statement, whereas "this art is trash" would be a normative statement.

 

If you really want to descend down the rabbit hole, Fish responds to Boghossian here.  And Boghossian responds back here.

 

 

-Due Friday, September 7th


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 and you were in my 3rd period WPT class, the folder would be entitled: Friedrich Nietzsche, WPT 3.  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 Thursday, September 6th