Book 2 Free Choice of the Will by St. Augustine

Be sure to fully answer the questions. To fully answer questions it is better to have more information than less information. Remember, this is to help you get familiar with the work you are reading. Providing the shortest answer possible is not a helpful or prudent way to become familiar with the text. It is always best to elaborate on your answers.

Plato’s Phaedo

Answer all three questions in around 200 words each, using simple language and explanations. The purpose of this worksheet is to encourage you to engage in a close reading of the text and to assess your comprehension and skills in interpretation and analysis.
1. What does Socrates mean when he argues that “the one aim of those who practice philosophy in the proper manner is to practice for dying and death” (64a)? What do we learn from this argument about how Socrates understands the nature of the soul?
2. Which of Socrates’ first three arguments for the immortality of the soul (the cyclical argument, the recollection argument, and the affinity argument) do you think is the strongest and most convincing, and why? Does this argument nevertheless have any important weaknesses?
3. What do we learn from the Phaedo about Plato’s Theory of Forms? How does Socrates’ fourth and final argument for the immortality of the soul draw upon the Theory of Forms?

Research

Read the following passage. Answers the questions below. Please also add peer reviewed sources in APA 7th eduction style
For successful completion of a doctoral program, doctoral learners must become proficient in using available technology and resources to conduct effective research leading to the completion of the doctoral dissertation. A completed dissertation will require significant time in the online or physical library using numerous search engines to find peer reviewed research that can contribute positively to your research project.
1.Reflect on your previous process for conducting a search; what resources have you used in the past to locate literature to support written work?
2.Moving forward, how will you use technology to aid in your doctoral level research?
3. what additional resources do you foresee using to find peer reviewed articles in your field of study?

Plato’s euthyphro

I got to work but write a philosophical response to Plato’s euthyphro Write a 900-1000 word paper (12 point font) on one primary source from the anthology portion of our textbook.
You must analyze the text at hand, and give your own critique of it; you must accurately summarize what your chosen author is saying, with a combination of paraphrase and occasional direct quote, and you must also make your own argument about the text, explaining clearly strengths of weakness of the author’s argument.
In a way this is like a literature paper in that you must work closely with a primary text, but you are analyzing a philosophy text, and so your own philosophical response needs to be part of the paper. If you just summarize the author, it is just a book report, and not a real philosophy paper. I need to see your own critical thinking in response to the text.
youmay work with any excerpt in the anthology, but a sample of possibilities would include Plato’s Euthyphro, Aristotle’s passage from his Ethics, Epicurus’ Letter to Moneceous, Epictetus, Resigning oneself to Fate, and so on through Hume’s topical excerpts, such as On Miracles Xenophanes says “The gods have not revealed all things to mortals. By seeking, humans find out, in time, what is better.” Do you believe that humans make progress in discovering truth over time? How much time is required to discover the truth of how the universe works? Do humans make moral progress as well as scientific progress?
What does Xenophanes mean when he suggests that we cannot exactly know the truth, but that our discoveries are “like truth.”
Post once by the due date, and make at least one substantial reply within 24 hours. Making more than one meaningful reply can raise your score in all blog assignments.
Redneck Gospel” is a parody of the way the Christian message is sometimes preached in the American South. It is written in the literary persona of the evangelist, Elwood McClarity, a preacher who is clear-minded indeed.
Read the poem, review the Speaking of God powerpoint, and then analyze: what would Xenophanes have to say about “Redneck Gospel”? Xenophanes, as you recall, drew attention to the problem of anthropomorphism in speaking of God.
Redneck Gospel, by Elwood McClarity
God’s angry.
We’re all sinners.
He’s gonna have to kick the shit out of somebody.
But the heavenly Father is also reasonable and loving.
He doesn’t want to have to kick the shit out of EVERYONE.
So he sent his only son Jesus, who never did anything wrong.
God kicked the shit out of Jesus
So he wouldn’t have to kick the shit out of us.
As it is written in the good book, “Better him than me!”
And so we give thanks to the Father,
who demonstrated his divine justice
by beating an innocent man to death.
By the way, if you don’t accept God’s love,
He’ll torture you forever. Discuss possible meanings of Protagoras’ saying, “Man (The human being) is the measure of all things.”
Your post should show some evidence of reading the assigned pages in the text Fieser, 30-31; Anthology p. 10) . Make one post by the due date, and at least one substantial reply to another member of the class within two days.
Related to Euthyphro: If God exists, does God value and command (or prohibit) some behaviors because those actions are right or wrong, or is an action right or wrong simply and only BECAUSE God values and commands (or prohibits) it? What are the implications of answering the question either way? What problems arise when you answer the question either way?
To answer the question, Consider the following valid syllogisms:

Whatever God loves is holy.
God loves animal sacrifices roasted on an open flame, with the smell of burnt fat ascending to heaven.
Therefore, animal sacrifices roasted on an open flame, with the smell of burnt fat ascending to heaven, are holy,

Whatever God loves is holy.
God loves when humans kill one another.
Therefore humans killing one another is holy.

Conversely,
Whatever God loves is holy.
God loves when humans care for one another.
Therefore, humans caring for one another is holy.

The syllogisms are both valid. However, can both conclusions be true?
Post once by the due date, and give at least one substantial reply to another member of the class within 2 days.
Read the Trial of Socrates in the Anthology (“A Live Well-lived”). What were the main accusations made against Socrates by Meletus? What strategy did Socrates use to defend himself? What was Socrates trying to accomplish? Was he trying to win the trial? Give evidence for your interpretation.
Post once by the due date, and then make at least one substantial reply within 2 days.

Teaching Philosophy

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: Write a 2- to 3-page paper on your philosophy of teaching. Include a list of five references. This is an individual assignment.
ACCEPTABLE: Paper has no more than 5 errors in spelling or grammar. Five references are used appropriately, and the paper makes a coherent argument for the described teaching philosophy.
The final paper should be:
APA Format
Typed, double-spaced
One-inch margins on all sides
Font – 12 pt., Times New Roman
Page numbers
2-3pages (not including references)
5 references
**Please refrain from using I, and passive voice**
*Note about Research*
The use of Wikipedia or other online encyclopedias for graduate-level papers is inappropriate as these sources present information that is “already digested.” Essentially, you are obtaining analyses done by someone else. Use of such sources limits graduate students’ ability to reason, synthesis, analyze and evaluate firsthand the information presented. Therefore, it is imperative that graduate students explore and search academically oriented literature and synthesize, analyze, reason, and evaluate information found.

Epistemology

Use one or more theories from epistemology and/or metaphysics to discuss how you know you are not or are not a simulation, matrix, or hologram.
Pick one (simulation, matrix, or hologram) and briefly describe the theory indicating we are in one and name one or more supporters of the theory.
Define and describe the theories you will use (skepticism, empiricism, dualism, constructivism, etc) to address the claims.
Use the theory to refute the claims or explain how we can never be sure.

Persuasive Essay on Marijuana

Here’s my rough draft. A peer review showing my errors. Also the guide lines. I just need help fixing the errors and reaching the word count minimum of 750 words for the body paragraphs. If you see any other errors please help fix them. (APA 7) if possible please stick to the references i used being that i believe i cant change them after rough draft was submitted.

Writer’s Choice

Part 1 Reading Reflection answer the question below:
1. No quotations
2. Summarize and explain in your own words.
3. Do not paraphrase or describe what the author says, except in so far as it is directly relevant to answering the prompt.
4. Correct grammar.
5. Follow prompt for each week exactly.
6. Create a word document and upload for the assignment in question.
7. Length: 3 full paragraphs (5 complete sentences per paragraph).
Answer these questions: ASK YOURSELF: OF ALL THE CORE VIRTUES, WHICH ONES WOULD YOU MOST WANT YOUR FUTURE SELF TO POSSESS? EXPLAIN WHY. THOSE CORE VIRTUES COULD BE VIRTUES THAT YOU ALREADY POSSESS AND WANT TO MAINTAIN, OR THEY COULD VIRTUES THAT YOU CURRENTLY DO NOT POSSESS. WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO THOSE VIRTUE? WHY ARE THOSE VIRTUES BENEFICIAL FOR YOU TO POSSESS? WHAT DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE WILL POSSESSING THOSE VIRTUES MAKE?
Part 2
Seminar question

Discussion

1. What’s the biggest problem concerning knowledge in the post-truth era? What is the source of this problem?
2. Use two examples from the articles/videos above to explain how this makes it difficult to discern reality from propaganda.
3. What is a potential solution or remedy to this problem?