The Allegory of the Cave” from Plato’s Book

Read the “The Allegory of the Cave” from Plato’s Book VII of The Republic : This particular text, “The Allegory of the Cave” describes a moment of intellectual enlightenment. There are moments in your life when you discover something new that you did not know before and it compels you to think differently about everything. Sometimes this kind of event can transform your entire world-view. In the case of this reading—Plato will describe how someone will learn something completely new that challenges his/her previous viewpoints about his/her life situation. After they see the “light” so to speak, they begin to truly understand how their mind and thinking process really works in relationship to the world and how they see things and ideas. There have been times in your life when you have most likely had such an event: a distinct experience where your previous notions about something were proved false and you had to change your whole perspective on the world. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is the story form of Plato’s view of the cosmic order. As you read the Allegory of the Cave, think back over your own life and see if you can remember if you have ever had a similar experience where you learned something new and your entire understanding of the world changed.

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Kant’s moral philosophy

Watch the films “Gone Baby Gone” and “Sleepers”.

Pick one movie and apply Kant’s moral philosophy to judge the MAIN FINAL action.

For Gone Baby Gone  judge Patrick’s final decision and for Sleepers  judge the priest’s final decision. Judging any other action in the movie is an automatic zero. 500 words minimum in MLA format.

You must apply Kant’s 3 premises (course materials) for 50 points and Michael Sandel’s 3 contrasts

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Luther’s and Descartes’ relationship to “tradition”

Both Martin Luther (in On the Freedom of a Christian and the Smalcald Articles) and René Descartes (in Meditations on First Philosophy) understand themselves to be
breaking free from a received tradition in Christian theology and in philosophy, respectively. Compare and contrast Luther’s and Descartes’ relationship to “tradition” by
considering what aspects of their respective traditions they repudiate, their reasons for rejecting those traditions, and what they establish (in terms of the content of their
conclusions and the method by which they arrive at those conclusions) in place of the traditions they’ve rejected.

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The Navajo Creation Story”

Describe each world that the Navajo travel through before reaching the surface. In each instance, why do they need to leave, ultimately finding another world?
What is the significance of the Holy People in the story?
How were First Man and First woman created? Describe their relationship.
What role does Coyote play in the story?
Why do Changing Woman’s sons, the Twins, not kill all the monsters plaguing the people?
What is the significance of the place where the Navajo reside, their homeland?
What lessons can be found in this story?

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The role of nature and nurture

Discuss the role of nature and nurture in one of the following cases:

An individual with borderline personality disorder who experiences regular episodes of clinical depression
A child suffering from malnutrition who is having trouble learning basic skills in school
An adult with type II diabetes who suffers from insomnia and depression
A young adult who regularly drinks to excess in order to unwind and relieve stress.

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Death dying and grief

Based on “Case Study: End of Life Decisions,” the Christian worldview, and the worldview questions presented in the required topic study materials you will complete an ethical analysis of George’s situation and his decision from the perspective of the Christian worldview.

Provide a 1,500-2,000-word ethical analysis while answering the following questions:

How would George interpret his suffering in light of the Christian narrative, with an emphasis on the fallenness of the world?
How would George interpret his suffering in light of the Christian narrative, with an emphasis on the hope of resurrection?
As George contemplates life with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), how would the Christian worldview inform his view about the value of his life as a person?
What sorts of values and considerations would the Christian worldview focus on in deliberating about whether or not George should opt for euthanasia?
Based on the values and considerations above, what options would be morally justified in the Christian worldview for George and why?
Based on your worldview, what decision would you make if you were in George’s situation?

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How the doctrine of the mean works for Aristotle’s twelve virtues

Required reading:
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Recommended Reading: by Aristotle
In 500 words or more (no less), explain how the doctrine of the mean works for Aristotle’s twelve virtues (not including the intellectual virtues). You may use examples, but you will still need to include a full scholarly definition of each, with commentary. You may use any scholarly source other than a dictionary, to include online video lectures. You may use Wikipedia as a starting point, but be aware that Wikipedia is not a scholarly source and therefore can never be quoted in your paper or counted as 1 of your 5 bibliographic citations. You will need to include inline citations in your essay (last name, date, pg#) and must still cite any sources beyond the five required that you use to write your paper in the references section of your essay. If you include an inline citation, there must be a corresponding entry in the reference list or bibliography.

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The Confucius’s doctrine of preserving the body

According to Andrews, what was the Confucius’s doctrine of preserving the body? How was Wang Qingren able to get around the Confucius prohibition of body mutilation? What scholarly traditions influenced Wang Qingren’s writing of Yi Lin Gai Cuo (Correcting the Errors of Medicine)? How did Wang conduct his anatomical studies (methods)? What were his methods different from those of the European anatomists (Andrea Vesalius, William Harvey, John Hunter, and so forth) Why is Wang Qingren important in the history of Chinese medicine?

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Anatomical Examinations of the Body

In Anatomical Examinations of the Body of Thomas Parr,  what was the cause of death of Thomas Parr, according to Harvey? How did Harvey determine it anatomically? How did Harvey associate the anatomical evidence with social, environmental, and other factors presented in the text to explain that Parr had this death coming? In the text, what was the historical context at the time that allowed Harvey to proceed with his anatomical examinations of Parr’s corpse?

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The phenomenon of color into our senses and neural pathways

Color is all around us, but just how deeply integrated is the phenomenon of color into our senses and neural pathways? Describe trichromatic theory and opponent-process theory of color vision, including the observations on which it is based and the physiological basis of each theory. Lastly, watch the video on synesthesia below, and discuss what it means to say that color is created by the nervous system. Explain what everyday life would be like for an individual with the disorder, including its impact on occupation, relationships, and leisure time. Be sure to include how the disorder might affect the person’s behaviors and experiences in these settings.

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