Do you agree with Hume that, “as memory alone acquaints us

Do you agree with Hume that, “as memory alone acquaints us with the continuance and extent of this succession of perceptions, it is to be considered, upon that account chiefly, as the source of personal identity”?

Do you agree with Hume that, “as memory alone acquaints us

You must choose 1 of the 4 topic-questions that you will respond to and write an essay about. The essay will require you to establish a thesis, create an argument for your thesis, and defend your argument.

Do you agree with Hume that, “as memory alone acquaints us with the continuance and extent of this succession of perceptions, it is to be considered, upon that account chiefly, as the source of personal identity”?

Which ethical system (Utilitarianism or Kantianism) should we uphold in order to create a society with greater voter turnout?

Which theoretical model more adequately explains where most of our suffering comes from, Maryiln Frye’s or Epictetus’s?

Use the Charlotte Brives text to construct a more robust argument around the quote: viruses “reveal, and (do) not create, inequalities and violence” Do you agree with your argument or disagree?

Thoughts/Analysis on Topic Requirements:

Do you agree with Hume that, “as memory alone acquaints us with the continuance and extent of this succession of perceptions, it is to be considered, upon that account chiefly, as the source of personal identity”?

Thoughts: This essay will first involve you to do a very careful job at reconstructing Hume’s argument for why memory is the source of personal identity. This will involve reading and re-reading “The Self As Bundle” article (especially 289-90).

Once this is established you should focus your argument on some of the key terms in this sentence. Some of these may include: “memory alone”, i.e. it is only memory that gives us our account of personal identity; “continuance and extent of the succession of perception” i.e. can there be other forces that acquaint us with personal identity, or can there be another source of personal identity that provides us with the continuance and succession of perception?

Which ethical system (Utilitarianism or Kantianism) should we uphold in order to create a society with greater voter turnout?

Thoughts: This question has a clear end-goal:“greater voter turnout” (i.e. a great number of people who go to the polls to vote). In this regard it may seem like an easy option because your argument will contain a clear quantitative measured Conclusion. The challenging part of this essay is to digest and analyse these two philosophical systems. Remember, many governmental policies could potentially be derive  from either ethical system. So in answering this question you will have to consider what work these philosophical systems do in affecting matters such as. Policy, law, an individual’s ideology, a society in which all are govern ed by a particular ideology. And you will need to consider how these factors are related to one another.

Which theoretical model more adequately explains where most of our suffering comes from, Maryiln Frye’s or Epictetus’s?

Thoughts: It is important here to note that Frye’s main argument is concerning oppression, not suffering. Therefore it will be crucial to use this quote as a pivot point between oppression and suffering. “One is marked for application of oppressive pressures by one’s membership in some group or category. Much of one’s suffering and frustration befalls one partly or largely because one is a member of that category” (16). While Epictetus doesn’t come out and say “all suffering comes from x”, he said say things like if you do x, y, z then “no one will harm you, because you will not be harmed at all”

(11). It is pretty easy to extrapolate from this claim that one will not suffer. Also extrapolate the causes of suffering as indicated throughout the text. The core of your argument will have to make a claim as to “where most of our suffering comes from” and why? What are the reasons for why most of our suffering comes from where you say it comes from?

Use the Charlotte Brives text to construct a more robust argument around the quote: viruses “reveal, and [do] not create, inequalities and violence” Then answer the question: do you agree with this argument or disagree?

Thoughts: This quote above has some problems. Is it saying that viruses do not create inequality and/or violence?

It is perhaps easier to see how viruses might not create inequality. But harder to see how viruses do not create violence. Is it perhaps that viruses might create some violence, but this violence is insignificant in comparison to the violence they reveal?

Or is it that viruses create violence, but not inequality? Think through these terms, define them, and create a more nuanced argument centered on these ideas. Don’t merely create a bad argument, so it can be easily defeated. Try to do an excellent job creating a very good argument. All of this will comprise your Exegesis section. Then, evaluate the argument you have created. Do you agree or disagree? Why? (This will comprise the Argument section of your essay).

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *