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Unformatted text preview: '6‘ . 201: FINAL EXAM Sec. 1C1 SPRING 1998 Texts read: First set: Gilgamesh, ihe Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, The Peloponnesian War, The Apology, Crito, Ihe Republic. Since 2nd Midterm:-Second set: Metaphysics, The Nicomachean Ethics, On the Nature of the Universe, The Aeneid. ‘ Directions: Choose 2 of the following 3 essay questions. Discuss three texts in response to each. You can select a maximum of 2 texts from the first set. Do not select the exact same 3 for your 2 essays. Have a clear argument. Make sure to have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Be specific in your examples to support your main thesis. Write legibly! Good luck! 1. Discuss the concept and practice of duty in three texts. How do you describe the relationship between the agent issuing the command and the one executing it? What is the role of personal conviction in the matter? Does rebellion against ‘decrees' change the course of events? How and why? 2. Aristotle, Lucretius, and Virgil wrote, whether directly in philosophical discourse or indirectly in fictional prose, about the relationship between moral virtue and personal and/or communal happiness. Does virtue, based on their different definitions, lead to or negate personal happiness? Can both the individual and society be simultaneously happy or is it the one or the other at any given moment? Compare and contract these three thinkers. 3. Discuss three distinct views on death and the afterlife which you learned about this semester, and explain how the writer's opinion about those matters influences his beliefs about man's position and role in society and the world, his responsibility toward self and others, and, finally, his daily life. ...
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