Paper for Phil 2: Intro to Ethics
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PLATOS EUTHYPHRO & the Divine Command Theory
Platos dialogue Euthyphro (well focus only on the first half of this dialogue)
My LECTURE NOTES re the Divine Command Theory, which is closely
associated with Platos dialogue
Here we have one of
Reading assignment 1:
Some philosophical (and
(The elements of this reading are taken from a much larger
document that I give to my Introduction to Philosophy students. Do bear in
mind that Philosophy 2 is a philosophy course, and thus
1. What is philosophy?
Broad sense: pursuit of knowledge (Plato, Newton, Smith, et al.)
Narrow (and contemporary) sense: an inevitable aspect of pursuit of knowledge (relative to any activity or
pursuit). Stepping back, focusing on what is most fundamenta
SELECTED PASSAGES FROM ARISTOTLES NICOMACHEAN ETHICS [for close reading]:
[THE SUPREME GOOD]
If it is true that in the sphere of action there is an end* which we wish for its own sake, and for the
sake of which we wish everything else, and that we do not
What is Ethics?
The term Ethics refers to several related things. For instance, it refers to moral
standards (what is right and wrong) that guide our lives.
In academia, Ethics refers specifically to one of the main branches of the field of
STUDY GUIDE MIDTERM (draft)
PHIL. 2 ETHICS
1. What is the central issue of the Republic?
2. What is Thracymachus curious definition of justice? (Would Thracymachus agree that being just is
desirable for itself? For its consequences?)
In class, I quoted an alleged remark by the French physicist
Pierre-Simon Laplace. As it turns out, evidently, the story is
apocryphal. That is, it never actually occurred. (Youll recall that,
according to Feinberg, the Abe Lincoln and the pigs story was
What is an apologist?
Root meaning of apology is defense. (C. Platos Apology, which is Socrates defense against charges
of impiety in court.) An apologist for the Obama administration is not someone wh
On the complexity of human happiness (and the Paradox of Hedonism)
To feel the full force of the paradox of hedonism the reader should conduct an experiment in his
imagination. Imagine a person (let's call him Jones") who is, first of all, devoid of intel
Last Euthyphro/DCT lecture:
What is an apologist?
Rooting meaning of apology is defense. (C. Platos Apology, which is Socrates defense in court.)
An apologist for the Obama administration is not someone who apologizes for it; it is rather