Writing an essay Briefly Describing 3 examples of Aristotle’s Golden Mean.

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Briefly describe three examples of Aristotle’s Golden Mean. Would we in the 21st century consider many of the issues of these examples moral issues or merely character development goals? And how does he determine that some moral issues cannot be objects of the Golden Mean?

The essay should be about 1000 words, about three pages typed and double spaced. The point of these papers will be to focus on one particular article or theory. The goal is not to do research (looking up stuff in the library) but to focus your thoughts on one argument or one position and dig deep. Your grade on these papers will be based on the clarity of your writing, your command of the material, and the “depth” of your explanations.

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1. 3 (a) Provides a clear and full explanation of one position and a poor explanation of the second position or (b) provides explanations for both positions that are unclear and/or incomplete and/or inaccurate. 2 (a) Fails to provide an explanation for one of the two theories or (b) provides poor explanations of both positions. 1 (a) Fails to provide an explanation for one of the two theories and (b) provides a poor explanation for the other position. 1. 0 The essay was not on the topic or there was no essay at all #2: Apply critical thinking skills by analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of philosophical positions or theories and by writing a clear and coherent essay. As I grade, I will ask myself, “Did you explain the issue to be considered? How well do you analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the theories or positions? And how clear and coherent is your overall presentation?” 1. 5 Gives reasoning that is coherent and consistent throughout the essay with a clear and comprehensive explanation of the issue to be considered. Also provides a coherent analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the positions at issue. 1. 4 Uses generally coherent and consistent reasoning throughout the essay and provides a clear, but not necessarily comprehensive, explanation of the issue to be considered. Also provides a mostly coherent analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the positions at issue. 1. 3 Uses some coherent and consistent reasoning that contains clear weakness in reasoning or fails to explain the issue to be considered. Also fails to provide a coherent analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the theory/position at issue. 1. 2 Uses some coherent and consistent reasoning that contains clear weakness in reasoning and fails to explain the issue to be considered. Also fails to provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the theory/position at issue. 1. 1 Uses incoherent and inconsistent reasoning throughout the essay, fails to explain the issue to be considered and also fails to provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the theory/position at issue. https://s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/blackboard.learn.xythos.pro...35fd67a6111730c9c8c2a7f42953859 28d2836d2c182b6f85f07d9 3/25/19, 21:32 Page 2 of 4 Writing a Scholarly Paper Each topic I give you will ask you to “explain and evaluate” a position or idea or argument. There are four elements you must address in your essay (these four will be the elements I am grading). The essay should be about three pages long. I will give you a score of 0-5 for each of these four elements. I will then add the scores together to calculate your grade on the essay. If you score a perfect “5” on each element the maximum total score would be 20. The score can be converted into a letter grade: Letter Grade A A- B Score 19-20 18 17 16 14-15 13 12 11-below B- C D D- F I provide the scale for each element below. With each scale I have included specific directions that will help you score higher on that element. The bold print is what I will use to determine your score. I hope that by reading this you will feel confident that you know how to organize and write the essay. #1: Describe, identify and explain two or more different philosophical positions and the relevant philosophical concepts. As I grade, I will ask myself, “How well did you describe and explain both positions (either two different positions or an argument and counterargument)? And, how accurately are you using the relevant philosophical terms and concepts?” 1. 5 Provides clear, accurate and full explanations of each philosophical position. 1. 4 Provides mostly clear, accurate and full explanations of each philosophical position. https://s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/blackboard.learn.xythos.pro...35fd67a6111730 c9c8c2a7f42953859 28d2836d2c182b6f85f07d9 3/25/19, 21:32 Page 1 of 4 0 The essay was not on the topic or there was no essay at all #3: Create an informed personal position to a philosophical issue by developing and defending a personal opinion to the selected moral dilemma or theory. As I grade, I will ask myself, “Did you develop a personal opinion? And how well did you defend why you believe what you believe? How well did you explain an opposing view? How well did you explain and analyze the assumptions behind your view, and the opposing view? How well did you explain the impact of your position on your life and on society?” 1. 5 Provides a coherent and well-thought out personal position that is fully defended against a rational, but opposing, position. The assumptions behind your view, and the opposing view, are recognized and analyzed. The impact of your position on your personal life and on your society is explored. 1. 4 Provides a personal position that is coherent and has some support, but needs a little more thought and is mostly defended against a rational, but opposing, position. The assumptions behind your position, and that of the opposing position, are identified but not analyzed. The impact of one's position on your personal life and on society is explored. 1. 3 Provides a personal position that is coherent but has very little support and needs a lot more depth and is not adequately defended against a rational, but opposing, position. The assumptions behind both views are identified, but there is no analysis of these assumptions. There is very little attempt to explore the impact of one's position on one's life and society. 2 Provides a personal position that is (a) incoherent or has no support and is not defended against a rational, but opposing, position; or (b) does not identify assumptions behind the position or opposing position; or (c) there is no attempt to explore the impact of one's position on one's life and society. 1. 1 Provides a personal position that has no support, is not defended against a rational, but opposing view, does not identify the assumptions behind the position, and does not make an attempt to explore the impact of one's position on one's own life and society. 1. 0 The essay was not on the topic, there was no personal position or there was no essay at all #4: Grammar. As I grade, I will ask myself, “How good is the grammar?” https://s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/blackboard.learn.xythos.pro...35fd67a6111730c9c8c2a7f4295385928d2836d2c182b6f85f07d9 3/25/19, 21:32 Page 3 of 4 1. 5 Demonstrates graceful use of language by being free from most errors in grammar and mechanics. The essay is well organized and focused. The student uses credible sources to support and inform the content. 1. 4 Demonstrates reasonable facility in the use of language by being free from most errors in grammar and mechanics, however the errors do not impede understanding of the content. The essay is mostly organized and focused. The student uses credible sources to support and inform the content. 3 Demonstrates adequate facility in the use of language by containing some errors in grammar and/or mechanics, some of which may be serious enough to impede meaning. Also the essay is generally organized and focused with some lapses or the student does not use credible sources to support and inform the content. 1. 2 Demonstrates limited facility in the use of language by containing problems with vocabulary and several errors in grammar and mechanics which do impede understanding. The essay is not organized and contains lapses in focus. Additionally, the student did not use credible sources to support and inform the content. 1. 1 Demonstrates little or no facility in the use of language by containing problems with vocabulary and an unacceptable number of errors in grammar and mechanics. The errors are clearly an impediment to understanding the essay This essay is poorly organized and demonstrates little or no focus and does not utilize credible sources to support and inform the content. 1. O The essay was not on the topic or there was no essay at all
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Aristotle’s Golden Mean
Aristotle’s Golden mean is an intriguing concept that informs how people should behave
in different scenarios. The society always insists on moral behavior, but the biggest issue is how
to determine moral and immoral conduct. Essentially, moral behavior is determined by the
Golden mean. Moral behavior is considered the mean between two extremes. The extremes are
where one end is excess, and the other is a deficiency. If a person conducts themselves at the
extreme ends, they are not likely to act morally. Thus, maintain a moderate position between
extremes is what underlines the Golden mean.
To explain the three examples of Golden Mean, Aristotle outlined three examples. The
first pillar of the golden mean is equilibrium. In this, Aristotle argues that a healthy individual is
supposed to be always in a balanced state (Kristjánsson, 125). This is to mean that a person
should not allow their behavior to go to either of extremes. For example, if a person borrowed a
laptop from his friend and the laptop unexpectedly breaks down, in such a situation the owner is
not supposed to overreact but should maintain some composure as they seek a solution. Also, in
this kind of a situation, the owner of a laptop should not keep silent on the issue. In essence, the
point is that the first pillar of Golden ...


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