Project #80549 - Discussion questions (2) - Aristotle - Easy and Fast!

1. Aristotle argues that people are not born either virtuous or vicious, but become one or the other by developing certain characteristics over time. Do you agree with his view? What evidence can you cite to support your position?

 


 

 

2. Consider the case below. What would Aristotle believe is the virtuous thing for the woman to do in this situation? Which virtues would be displayed? What would you do?

 

 

 

 

 

The Young Lady

 

It is 1942 and you are a young Jewish woman, deeply committed to your faith, living just outside of Paris.  The Germans have occupied France for some time now, have set up a government of their own and are enforcing many of their own laws.  As the government has been engaged in the practice of deporting all Jewish citizens to concentration camps and systematically killing them, you are working with an “underground” system that has successfully enabled hundreds of Jewish citizens living in Paris to escape the country and avoid the German authorities.  Your role in this “underground” railroad is minor, but given the nature of the cause your work is obviously very important to you.

 

     While you have managed to keep your Jewish identity hidden from German authorities, there arises a certain situation.  One day, while working for a small bookshop in Paris, the owner, who does not know that you are Jewish, begins talking about how much he dislikes Jewish people, that he believes they are the cause of many if not all of the problems that plague Europe today, and that he has been working with the government as an informant.  “Because of me,” he boasts, “many Jews who have hidden their identity from the government have been discovered and ‘dealt with.’” 

 

     He continues to insult Jewish people and their faith.  You feel like you must say something because of the constant insults, but you fear that by revealing your faith you most likely will be sent to your death. What is the virtuous thing to do?  

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