USD Phil 110 S12: Homework

All homework should be typed, double-spaced with 10-12 point legible font. Each assignment should be 2-3 pages total.

Homework Assignment 7: Due April 30
  1. Bring a thesis statement for the essay to class.
  2. What are the two types of virtues Aristotle discusses? How does he distinguish them?
  3. What are some of the basic difference between slave and master morality?
  4. According to Nietzsche, what roles do the priests play in the development of morality?

Homework Assignment 6: Due April 23
  1. Among the several types of ethical theories we looked (skepticism, relativism, absolutism) which do you think is correct? Why?
  2. How does Mill respond to the objection that his theory is a doctrine fit only for swine?
  3. For Aristotle, what is a function? What does Aristotle think is the function of a human being? Why?

Homework Assignment 5: Due March 19
  1. How would Berkeley answer the old question, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it does it make a sound?"
  2. Why does Berkeley reject the distinction between primary and secondary qualities?
  3. How did the metaphysical views of the Spanish influence their treatment of the Aztecs?
  4. How is the "Legend of the Four Suns" related to human sacrifice and the need for a warrior class?

Homework Assignment 4: Due March 12
  1. What is the main idea that Chapter 2 of the Dao De Jing conveys about the nature of opposites?
  2. Analogies are drawn between the Dao and a valley, a female, water, the hub of a wheel, a utensil, and a room. What do these analogies tell us about the Dao?
  3. According to Plato, in what ways are the Sun and the Good alike?
  4. Give examples of what Socrates means by images and by objects of sense.

Homework Assignment 3: Due February 20
  1. Explain Hume's distinction between impressions and ideas. How does he distinguish them?
  2. Describe the two arguments Hume gives for the claim that all ideas are derived from impressions.
  3. What account does Hume give concerning the source of our ideas of cause and effect.

Homework Assignment 1: Due February 6
  1. What is the main point Socrates is trying to make by telling the story about the Oracle at Delphi?
  2. Why does Socrates think that fearing death is unwise?
  3. What is the point of Socrates’ comparison of himself to a gadfly and the Athenians to a thoroughbred?
  4. If you were an Athenian citizen would you have found Socrates guilty? Do you think he was guilty?

Homework Assignment 2: Due February 13

  1. What is the mystic way, and what did Al-Ghazali learn from following it?
  2. What do you think of Al-Ghazali’s views?
  3. In Meditation I, what is Descartes’ goal, and what method does he employ to achieve it?
  4. Descartes ends Meditation I with the famous evil-demon argument. What is the point of this argument?