The assignment is to write a personal reflection paper on the selections from the Readings In Classical Ethics book we have been conducting study of. The paper you write will be judged upon both its content and whether it follows the outline I will now put forward:
The Ethics of Plato
The Ethics of Aristotle
The Ethics of Epicurus
The Ethics of Seneca
The Ethics of Immanuel Kant
The Ethics of John Stuart Mill
The Ethics of Edith Stein
My (meaning your) Reflection on Ethics
The individual sections on "The ethics of____" will not be expected to be comprehensive in nature thus should not require any outside research. I would simply like you to give a brief explanation of the ethics of the philosopher in question. Here are some basic questions to guide you: What is this philosopher's basic understanding of the human person in an ethical sense? How does this philosopher define happiness? What are some of the major pitfalls to attaining happines for this philosopher? What issues need to be worked out or balances need to be maintained in order to attain happiness as defined by this philosopher? Which aspects of the philosophers work can be applied to living the good and happy life today?
A good thing to do with regard to these descriptions is to search for a one sentence thesis statement that describes each philosopher's ethical theory. For Example: "Mill's theory seeks to bring the greatest amount of happiness to the greatest amount of people." Start your section on each philosopher in this way and then delve into some of the other questions. Please do not make these descriptions into one long critique. For you really do not have the credibility to critique a philosopher until you demonstrate that you, at least to some extent, understand their thought.
I suggest you write the body of the paper first then write the "My Reflections on Ethics" section afterwards. A good way to go about this is to simply answer the classical question of ethics (How can I live the good and happy life?) for yourself incorporating some of the ideas from the 7 philosophers you choose to write about in the main body of the paper. Then write a conclusion and, after everything else is done, write a short introduction to the paper.
This sort of paper will require at least 6 pages and might go as long as 10. The key points to keep in mind are: follow the outline, it is a reflection paper not a research paper, and write the body of the paper first and the introduction last. Paper will be graded on form, content, and originality.
Guidelines for Paper Form:
All papers should be single sided and typed double spaced with a standard 12 or 14 point font.
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