1.Aristotle is relying on a category of beings to explain what makes any particular subject Good. If we know what you are, we know how you can be good. How can we avoid seemingly unethical over-specification in virtue ethics without making the theory unusable? For example, it would seem pointless if I were a “Zoe” rather than a person. How does (can?) a virtue theory avoid this conclusion?

2.Is virtue ethics a theory of relativism? (if you’ve forgotten what that is and why we would want to avoid that, refer to Why Study Ethics from week one.)

The responses will be graded on a 0-5 point system.

4-5 points: you express your ideas clearly, demonstrate familiarity with the material (1-2 citations if applicable) and provide some insight into what you thought or how you reacted to the concepts.

2 -3 points: ideas may be expressed clearly sometimes, but there may be a lack of familiarity with the material or there may be less insight than for full credit (an insightful summary would be 3 points).

1 point: Either a summary only, without insight or analysis, or there is a lack of familiarity with the readings while still being some attempt at engaging the topic.

No credit will be given if you show no familiarity with the reading or class discussions.


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