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Plato and Aristotle are two very different philosophers, one thinks through abstract concepts and the other observes human interaction. Despite their differences in method they share a common overlap in their interest in how to lead a good life. This paper is going to ask you to explore and contrast their respective philosophies.
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Your paper should introduce each philosopher by including bibliographical information that is relevant to their philosophy. Next you’ll want to answer these following questions:
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-Describe Socrates’ dialectics or conversational approach to philosophy. Why does Socrates never give an answer to the questions he poses? What is the connection between knowledge and moral conduct in Plato’s philosophy? Is knowing the good enough to do the good?
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-According to Aristotle, what are the essential features of a suitable goal for humanity? What does he mean when he says “Happiness is an activity of soul in accordance with virtue” and what are the differences between contingent goods and the chief good?
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All papers should have an introduction laying out your paper as a whole, appropriate body paragraphs, as well as a conclusion wrapping up your paper. You will be graded on the extent to which you answer the questions of the assignment, your analysis of the text, as well as formal features of writing which include spelling, grammar, paper structure, and the readability of your paper.
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As you write, please keep in mind the following applies:
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-3 pages in length
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-12” font
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-Times New Roman (or a suitable substitute)
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-1” Margins
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-Double Spaced
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Being this isn’t a research paper there is no need to use materials outside of your notes and the assigned reading. In fact, please do not refer to outside sources. I do however ask that you reference the reading throughout your paper. It is important for your paper to quote excerpts from the text and put Plato and Aristotle into your own words. Formal citations are not needed, instead just a simple indication of page number will do, e.g.: (Republic pg., 14).
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The book is -Great Traditions in Ethics 12th edition; ed Theodore C. Denise. ISBN: 978-0495094982
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I can send pages of the book