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All answers must be in complete sentences. For example, “Because of the Industrial Revolution” is not an acceptable answer. Begin your answer by restating the question. For example, if the question is “How is this reading relevant to the study of modern business,” then your answer should begin with something like, “The reading is relevant to modern business because…”
Most assignment questions can be answered in 2-3 concise sentences. Questions with multiple parts, or questions that ask you to compare/contrast multiple ideas will need to be longer. Answers must be based on facts and concepts from the readings. In limited cases it may be acceptable to state your opinion, but only if that opinion is followed by explanations backed up by the assigned reading.
1. From the Aristotle Reading: Explain the two kinds of value that goods can offer people.
2. From the Aristotle Reading: Aristotle says it is easy for philosophers to get wealth. If so, why do they not do it more frequently? Explain this in your own words.
3. From the Epicurus Reading: Explain how Critical Thinking leads to tranquility. Use your own words. The word ‘tranquility’ appears many times in the essay about Epicurus. The actual Greek word used by Epicurus was ATARAXIA [pronounced “attar-akk-see-yuh”]. It means “peace of mind, absence of pain”. Pain here does not mean physical pain, but disagreement or discord, unsettledness, mental uncertainty, doubt. Epicurus taught that truth leads to ataraxia, peace of mind. Error creates a kind of pain in the mind, which must always be resolved, or the pain will continue. To deny this is self-deception. This is the basis of the modern, scientific idea that one must be calm and dispassionate in the search for truth. Why? Simply because emotions cloud human judgment. Once more, here is the question, from the Epicurus Reading:Explain how Critical Thinking leads to tranquility. Use your own words. 4. From the Epicurus Reading: Why did other intellectuals slander and libel Epicurus?
5. From the Epicurus Reading: What is the purpose of human existence, according to Epicurus?
The Republic, by Plato
A Treatise on Government, by Aristotle
“Epicurus” from Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers, by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts