CLAS 131 Notes 11

CLAS 131 Notes 11 - Day 12 9/22/10 CLAS 131 Notes 11 Gods...

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Day 12 9/22/10 CLAS 131 Notes 11 Gods and Mortals Euripedes, Hippolytus Morality and Mortality Recap of last lecture: - If the Greek gods were conceptualized as the embodiment of powerful forces, then we must conclude their actions are non-moral just as the actions of storms or fire are non-moral. - At the same time, the anthropomorphic conception of the gods makes us want to apply moral standards to them. - This internal contradiction eventually resulted in criticisms of the traditional conceptions of the gods: perhaps implicit in Euripedes, explicit in Plato. Today: - How do humans differ from the gods with respect to morality? - Thesis: The behavior of humans, unlike that of the gods, not only can have moral implications, but always and necessarily does have moral implications; therein lies the tragedy but also the dignity and meaning of human existence. Our morality is somehow connected with our mortality. Be able to:
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CLAS 131 Notes 11 - Day 12 9/22/10 CLAS 131 Notes 11 Gods...

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