Discussion: Plato and Philosophy

Recent history has shown that the United States certainly has the power (i.e., the “might”) to go into any number of countries and stop human rights abuses, which are occurring in those countries. But having that ability begs the question of how far should the United States go in that role. Are we the world policeman? Are we the world’s peacekeeper? While the United States has unparalleled military power, should we engage without limits?

Based on your readings so far, and thinking about what Plato says in his dialogue with Thrasymachus, discuss the issue of when the ability to do something (the “is”) becomes the right thing to do (or the “ought”). It often helps to think in comparative terms. Think about an example that seems to be similar and use it to explain your points.

Discussion: Aristotle

Imagine you are walking down a dark street one night and suddenly someone jumps out in front of you. He is brandishing a pistol and he says in a menacing voice, “Your money or your life.” From the look on his face, you know he is serious and the pistol in his hand is real.

If you decide to give him your money—your purse or your wallet—what kind of action would this be here? Is this, as Aristotle phrases it, a voluntary or a non-voluntary action? What evidence is there to support your position? Would it matter if he did not have a pistol? Why would this be different?

Discussion: Changing History

Having the advantage of being able to know the past and see its future, offer your thoughts on one of the following questions:

If you had been the leader of the first group of English settlers at Jamestown, what would you have done differently?
If you had been Cortés, what would you have done after arriving at Tenochtitlan?
Be sure to support your initial post and responses with in-text citations from the Background materials.

Discussion Expectations:

In each discussion forum, students are expected to respond to the prompt by providing an informed, rigorous, and professional post. The initial post should be at least 150 words.

Discussion: George Washington

Based on the readings and after watching the videos listed below on George Washington, discuss what you think was his single greatest contribution to America.

Make sure that you explain in detail why you think that what you selected was his greatest contribution.

Give the videos a few moments to load.

Washington at Yorktown:
Tiny URL: https://tinyurl.com/ya5q53oe
Full URL: https://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/george-washington/videos/washington-at-yorktown?m=528e394da93ae&s=undefined&f=1&free=false

Washington’s Legacy:
Tiny URL: https://tinyurl.com/yahogj2v
Full URL: https://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/george-washington/videos

Discussion Expectations:

In each discussion forum, students are expected to respond to the prompt by providing an informed, rigorous, and professional post. The initial post should be at least 150 words.

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