Midterm exam questions - Study Questions for the Midterm...

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Study Questions for the Midterm The midterm exam will be made up of three or four of the following questions, of which you will be asked to answer two in class. The suggestions underneath the main questions are designed to help you get started on the answers. Remember the exam is open book but not open notes. What is Thomas Hobbes’s argument for the idea that in a state of nature there is a war of all against all? Some suggestions for answering your question: Be careful to explain what “state of nature” means and what Hobbes means by “war of all against all.” What, on Hobbes’s view, is the basic source of motivation for human beings? How do human beings compare with each other in the state of nature? What are the basic sources of conflict? Plato argues that just action is for the benefit of the just person. What does he mean by this and what are his arguments for this idea? Some suggestions for answering your question: Be careful to explain Plato’s basic conception of human nature. What is a just person for Plato and how is just action connected with justice in the person? Explain how justice in the person is essential for the good of the person. What is the unjust person like, on Plato’s view? How is just action connected to justice in the person? John Stuart Mill argues that an action is right if and only if it brings about the most
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course TRAD taught by Professor Christiano during the Spring '09 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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