Mrs. Rachel Curtis
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By Appointment Only
Art History (11th grade)
Philosophy (11th grade)
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Philosophy (11th Grade)
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Philosophy Test #1: January 24th!! Review Guide
Aristotle Paper (Prompt): Rough Draft Due January 17, Final Draft Due January 27th
Prompt #1 (Read pg. 1-2)
- What is the definition of ethics? How does it apply in theory versus practice?
- What is the difference between classical and modern ethical philosophies?
- Provide your own response to either the Lifeboat scenario OR Sophie's Choice- WHY is that your answer?
Prompt #2 (Read pg. 3-6)
- Where does Plato think evil comes from? Why does he think this?
- What is Plato's solution or answer to how then should we live to have a good life?
- Why is Plato's theory considered "absolute"?
- What are two criticisms of Plato's philosophy?
Prompt #3 (Read pg. 7-11)
- What does Aristotle believe is the good life? How has he come to this conclusion?
- Why is happiness not a goal?
- What is the doctrine of the mean? How does Aristotle use this to carry out the good life?
- What are two criticisms of Aristotle?
- Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the comic we read in class. Tell me why. (2 paragraphs)
Prompt #5 (Read pg. 11-15)
- How does the idea of pleasure being the sole good differ from how Epicurus lived?
- What is the difference between passive and dynamic pleasures?
- What is the difference between Ethical and Psychological Hedonism?
- What are two criticisms of Hedonism?
Prompt #6 ( Read pg. 15-18)
- Why are new philosophies often developed?
- Why was Cynicism an attractive philosophy when it came out?
- What was the Cynics solution for life?
Prompt #7 (Read pg. 18-22)
- Why was Stoicism so influential?
- Why can Stoics be indifferent to life? What's their justification?
Prompt #8 (Read pg. 22-26)
- What is the difference between Pastoral, Church and Protestant Ethics?
- What is the unifying feature of Christian Ethics?
- What is causistry?
- What are two criticisms of Christian Ethics?
Hello, my name is Mrs. Curtis. I was a part of the first group of students to ever attend James Madison Prep in its inaugural year, 2000, and graduated in 2003 as Valedictorian of my class. I then went on to do my undergraduate studies at Trinity Western University, which is located in British Columbia, Canada. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Theology in 2008, and began teaching at JMPS that fall. I have taught many classes over my time here at JMPS from 7th grade art history to Logic and senior literature. Currently, I am the event coordinator and teach Art History, Philosophy and Health to the juniors. This is my twelfth year teaching at the school, and I have appreciated every opportunity that I have been given over the last eleven years here. I was blessed in November 2018 with a beautiful son named, Finn and have learned to juggle class, events, theater, Sparx and parenthood. I have a passion for languages, history, reading, philosophy, theology, art, theater, travel and dance. In whatever spare time I have I enjoy spending time with my husband and son and traveling.