Aristotle and the Question of Virtue: Why Bother Being Good?

Choose one of the readings from chapters 1-5 and summarize, explain, and evaluate the main points of the reading in a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Do not simply cut and paste from the reading, but summarize the main points in your own words.

You may choose any ONE of the following readings to complete this assignment:

CHAPTER 1: Aristotle and the Question of Virtue: Why Bother Being Good?


The Virtues by Aristotle


CHAPTER 2: Wrong Is Always Wrong: Kant’s Categorical Imperative


The Categorical Imperative and the Good Will from Groundwork for the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant


Concerning a Pretended Right to Lie from Motives of Humanity by Immanuel Kant



CHAPTER 3: Consequences Matter—Utilitarianism


The Principle of Utility by Jeremy Bentham


Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill



CHAPTER 4: Continental Perspectives


Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels


Introduction to an Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir



CHAPTER 5: Other Influential Moral Theories: Does Morality Depend on Culture, God, Nature, or Emotions?


Euthyphro by Plato


The Principles of Morals by David Hume

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