Socratic Dialogue

Minimum 9 pages long. Compose an imaginary dialogue debating a topic (see assigned readings for each issue). Socrates (or Confucius) should perform three functions:

  1. Clarification of main areas of agreement and disagreement about the issue: i.e., Socrates must identify at least two opposing theses on the issue
  2. Paraphrase some key arguments offered on both sides for these theses, as Socrates asks questions about them, while he moderates the debate
  3. Evaluation of what the others say to Socrates about the ethical problems involved with the topic, by having Socrates offer to them a gentle, indirect critique of the best arguments he can find in answer to his questions

 

You must write ONE Socratic dialogue, on any one of the following topics:

Abortion

Euthanasia

Animal rights

Capital punishment

Wartime ethics

Consumerism

Environmentalism

Global poverty

Labor rights

 

You will be graded according to (1) your understanding of the readings and issues; (2) grammar / clarity / spelling / etc.; (3) the insightfulness of your evaluation of the key themes; (4) how well you follow the instructions on the handout that is given to you with all the necessary instructions for writing a good Socratic dialogue (source: Peter Kreeft, Socratic Logic, edition 3.1, pp. 344-347). Format is: size 12 font, 1.0-inch margins, double-spaced between speakers, otherwise single-spaced.

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