14. What does Schopenhauer recommend as the best life for us? Explain why you do, or don't,
find his views compatible with Marx's. Whose views are ultimately the most persuasive?
15. Epicurus argues that, if one follows his four maxims, one can live a life comparatively free of
suffering. By contrast, Schopenhauer argues that living a life free of suffering is almost
impossible. Outline the reasons they give for their positions, and state which argument you find
the most persuasive and why.
16. Why does Marx consider most workers "alienated" from their acts of production? Explain
why you do, or don't, think that his analysis applies to the work one does as a student. Does it
make a difference if (1) your major is something you are intrinsically interested in, or (2) it is
something that you are studying only because you expect the degree to help you get a job at