Group work on Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics & Plato’s Republic


Break up into small groups (4-6). Delegate one or more members of your group to (1) prepare a summary of your group's discussion and (2) make a list of your group's members.

(Note: If you were not in class for this group exercise, please complete it as a written exercise and turn it in as soon as you can.)


1.      How does The Republic suggest we can best attain knowledge about ethics? 




2.      How does the Nichomachean Ethics suggest we can best attain knowledge about ethics?




3.      Who in the world during the lifetime of your group members is or has had powers and immunities like the wearer of the ring of Gyges?  Were they thought to be just?   What does this suggest about the Myth of Gyges in the Republic?




4.      Aristotle suggests that virtue entails pleasure.  What does he mean by this and how does he argue for it?

5.  How does Aristotle explain the virtue of proper pride?  How might someone who disagrees argue against Aristotle's position?



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