I. Short essay questions, to be answered in about a page for each question (worth 24 points each – 72 points total)
1. Aristotle and the Stoics have differing positions on the necessity of external goods for human happiness. Briefly explain Aristotle’s theory of eudaimonia or happiness and the role external goods play in it. Next, make sense of the Stoic position on happiness and the external goods. Which do you think has a better understanding of happiness? Why?
2. Kant and Sartre both ground their ethical stances in human freedom. First, how does Kant think of autonomy and what does it entail? If Kant’s conception of autonomy is correct, what does this mean for responsibility? How does autonomy relate to Kant’s categorical imperative? Next, how does Sartre view human freedom and from where does it arise? Why is Sartre’s conception of freedom so central to an existentialist ethics? What does Sartre mean when he says that human beings are condemned to be free? If Sartre’s conception of free will is correct, what becomes of responsibility? How does Sartre’s notion of freedom relate to the universalizability of choice? With which of these two thinkers do you find yourself agreeing with regard to freedom? Why?
3. Both Socrates and Mill take up the conception of justice in relation to ethics. First, in what sense can it be said that an inchoate social contract theory is found in Plato’s Crito? What does this mean? Why does Socrates argue that he has an agreement with Athens and what effect does this agreement have? Next, what does Mill claim regarding justice and social utility? From a utilitarian perspective, why must one be just? Which of these two positions do you find more compelling and why?
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This is your first essay project of the semester. Your essay will investigate the visual principles of scale and proportion as seen in Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Shuttlecocks.
Your essay must be at least 500-words long.
You must use a word processing program (such as MS Word) to write your essay.
You must then submit/attach your essay to the assignment page as a DOC, DOCX, or PDF file.
To submit/attach your essay to the assignment page, you must click “Attach File” under the “Assignment Submission” section.
The grading rubric for this essay can be found in the “Rubrics” folder under the “Resources” button.
Topic/Title—“Feeling Small: Scale and Proportion in Art”
Imagine walking on the grounds of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO where you encounter one of Oldenburg and van Bruggen’s giant shuttlecocks. You are taken aback by the absurd enormity of the shuttlecock and begin to contemplate its meaning in relation to its disproportionate scale. A “normal” shuttlecock would fit within the palm of your hand. This shuttlecock could crush you! Therefore, you MUST analyze the sculpture based on its relationship to the size of YOUR body.
Ask yourself—“What are my initial thoughts as I view and walk around this giant shuttlecock?”
Ask yourself—“Does the shuttlecock make me feel uncomfortable and endangered?”
Ask yourself—“Does this work of art make me laugh? If so, why am I laughing?”
Ask yourself—“What meaning does the odd use of scale and proportion give to the sculpture?”
As with your discussion board assignment, there are no right or wrong answers here. This essay should be an evaluation of YOUR reaction to (virtually) seeing scale and proportion at work in Shuttlecocks. In short, you will evaluate how scale and proportion were used by Oldenburg and van Bruggen to provide us with an art-viewing experience that is, to say the least, strange.
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