Essay Assignment 1 For this assignment you will compose an analytical essay responding to one of the following prompts. Your thesis should reflect thoughtful consideration of the topic and should be supported by carefully selected evidence from the text. While some summary of the text may be necessary remember that you are being asked to construct an argument—simply restating the text’s main points will not suffice for a positive assessment. Grading Criteria Your essay will be assessed according to how well it satisfies the following criteria: A creative concisely stated thesis The reader should leads to a great deal of diversity for as he reminds us no one is perfectly self-sufficient. But for all of its diversity we find that the Kallipolis is sustained through a great deal of uniformity. What are we to make of this tension between diversity on one hand and uniformity on the other? In your answer consider the following: Why does the Kallipolis need to be “purified”? What measures do the guardians employ to purify it? Do these policies seem sustainable? Finally is the Kallipolis suitable for Socratic philosophy? Why or why not? [...]
The Apology features Socrates as the (in)famous gadfly stinging the lazy horse that was Athens from its dogmatic slumber. From this image, contemporary democrats have fashioned a vision of freedom and liberty steeped in dissent. This tendency raises a troubling question: is all dissent good for democracy? What, after all, is the conceptual distinction between a civil rights march and a neo-Nazi demonstration? If they both unsettle our conventional political beliefs can they also claim equal shares of the Socratic legacy? a. Begin by analyzing the specific instances in which Socrates directly defied the city as recounted in his apologia. What motivated him? b. Next, explore the difference between “good” dissent and “bad” dissent, with Socrates’ action as an example of the former. What makes this “Socratic dissent” so good for a political community?