CORE 2101 Plato Defination of True Happiness
For this paper you must focus on a theme or topic from one of the works we are doing for the first part of this semester (from the early Greek and early Christian periods through the medieval period), as well as one additional work (either from this class or related to the works of this class, such as another work by one of the writers we are doing OR a work relevant to it) to supplement your research. In other words, you must use at least TWO sources all together, but are free to use more, if you wish. Select something that you wish to research further that connects with the key questions central to all the Signature courses. These questions include the following:
What is humanity? What is the meaning, the aim of our life? What is moral good, what sin? Whence suffering and what purpose does it serve? Which is the road to true happiness? What are death, judgment and retribution after death? What is my (our) obligation to those around me (us)? What connection is there between maturing (i.e. growing up) and understanding oneself and one’s spirituality? What obligation does increasing wisdom place on a person (i.e. in terms of sharing it with others)?
Explore one of these questions as it is dealt with in one of the works we have covered.
The key thing is to find a topic that interests you deeply and that you can research further than we have covered it in class. I am interested in your own ideas, not anyone else’s, so please resist the temptation to look too much at web sources. Focus on your two primary or scholarly secondary sources, and give your own interpretation of them.
Be sure to use MLA style, 12 pt. font, with one – inch margins. Be sure to hand in a Works Cited list, done in MLA style. It should be 3- 5 pages long, with at least the two sources, though you can use more if you wish. CORE 2101 Plato Defination of True Happiness
A comparison of the view of life after death of Perpetua and Socrates;
The role of women in the early church in Justin, Tertullian, and/or Perpetua’s Journal.
Plato’s definition of “true happiness” and that of Augustine in Chapter 19 of The City of God.
A comparison of Justin’s and Tertullian’s defense of the lifestyle of the early Christians;
The idea of martyrdom as found in any TWO of the following: Justin Martyr’s writings, Tertullian’s writings, Eusebius’ History (available online), Perpetua’s Journal; Trajan and Pliny’s letters, Plato’s Crito.
The nature of evil as it is explored in one of the writers we have read this first half-semester, up through Maimonides.
The nature of maturity in 1 John and in one other work;
Social justice and Christianity in any two works we have studied or one work we have studied and one other work.
The charge of “atheism” and what it meant for Socrates and for the early Christians (as described in Justin’s Apologies and/or in Tertullian’s Apology and one other work).
The development of the ideas of Faith and Reason in the works of Aquinas or Rushd, or Maimonides.
The nature of the love of God in Hildegard of Bingen and/or Julian of Norwich. You would need to go beyond the excerpts in the reader.
Augustine’s theory of the Just War and how it applies to wars today, perhaps connecting it with any biblical references that are appropriate. CORE 2101 Plato Defination of True Happiness