This is a Text Critique, not a normal discussion assignment
Each Text Critique assignment is worth 5% of your final grade, and the instructions are very specific. It should take you substantially longer to complete this assignment than most of your other discussions. Give yourself plenty of time to complete it.
This Text Critique is a selection from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, where he talks about individual morality and virtue. Unlike the previous two text critique selections, which were extended sections, this selection includes multiple excerpts from different sections of Aristotle’s work.
In order to receive full points on this assignment, make at least five substantial comments on this document. You must make at least one substantial comment by the due date, and your final four by the deadline listed on the course Syllabus page in Canvas. Note: a substantial comment must be based on the PDF. I want to see that you have understood the PDF, not that you have agreed with it. Each comment must include a quotation from the PDF and an MLA citation.
A substantial comment may include:
“People should be free to choose for themselves what kind of life to live, even if they go on to make bad choices.” According to the PDF, would Aristotle agree or disagree with this statement? Select a section of the text that supports your answer and explain why you think that is the case.
In the case of the lifeboat described in Justice chapter 2, what would Aristotle think of the decision against the cabin boy? Would he think they made the right or wrong decision? Select a section of PDF that supports your answer and explain and defend your answer.
You may refute and disagree with someone else’s comment, but make sure to ground your disagreement in the PDF, not in your personal opinion. I want to see that you understand Aristotle, not that you agree with him.
You may extend someone else’s comment, making an original and substantive addition. Simply saying something along the lines of “I agree” or “Good point” will receive no credit.
You may ask a genuine clarifying question about a section of PDF. You must be specific in your question, and demonstrate an attempt to understand the selection. A generic question as “What does he mean by this?” will receive no credit. Tell us what you think Aristotle means, but why you are unsure, or offer two (or more) possible interpretations of that section of text.
You may answer someone else’s question, based on a PDF citation.
You may make any comment of substance. If you could copy and paste your comment to almost any piece of text in almost any piece of writing, it is not substantive. It should be specific and thoughtful. Examples of substantive comments include, but are not limited to:
Pointing out contradictions in the PDF.
Making connections between the PDF and our other reading thus far in the class using Sandel’s Justice (if you cite Justice, use MLA formatting).
Imagining how Aristotle would approach any of the case studies mentioned by Sandel in chapters 1 – 8. Ground your answers in sections of Aristotle’s PDF.
Pointing out weaknesses in the text by using moral coherence or argument by analogy.
Pointing out strengths in the PDF by showing how the approach outlined by Aristotle is superior to the approach of either: maximizing welfare or respecting freedom. file:///var/mobile/Library/SMS/Attachments/b6/06/A151DD69-F996-4D1F-A941-A2FDD2F9E4CE/aristotle-text-critique.pdf
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