philosophical ideas

In a 1-2 page outline, give your philosophy, list the philosophical themes and philosophical ideas that you have chosen. Then, write the sociological and personal implications and explain which philosophical ideas that they will be related to. Finally, consider the obstacles and practical steps that can be taken to combat these obstacles. An example is given below.

  1. Purpose of Life: Find authentic happiness and thrive
    (provide a definition of authentic happiness – eudaemonia – and thriving through use of all one’s capacities)
    Method: develop and maximize one’s intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual capacities (provide a definition of each: how does one keep his or her physical body, mind in top shape? How does one achieve emotional well-being? What is the role of family and friends? Studies? Personal reading? Meditation and reflection? Service to the world?)
    Similarities with Socrates: One of the great philosophers, Socrates, stated that the purpose of life is to achieve eudaemonia, which means to “actively exercise the soul’s powers”. (Contrast with the world’s idea of happiness – prestige & power) My idea is somewhat similar to Socrates, in the essence of seeing the importance of your inner self, but I also believe that it is important to mention that true happiness does only come from the inside, and not from external factors that are subject to change. (truest and best version of oneself through reflection and the examined life)
    Differences with Socratesrole of family and friends; service to the world

VirtuesBreaking down this virtues life, there are three core values that I believe will push one to be the best version of
Curiosity for wisdom:
Legacy: teaching (high school art history, art, english)

Philosophical Themes

A. Authentic Happiness
1. striving for excellence in all areas of one’s life (Socrate’s core teaching)
2. Plato’s Chariot Analogy (inner peace/harmony)
B. Examined Life
1. the unexamined life is not worth living (Socrate’s core teaching)
2. Bertrand Russell’s argument for the value of philosophy – choose 2 premises
C. Anti-Relativism
1. Rachel’s argument against relativism
2. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Sociological Implications

A. Decrease in college dropouts (relate to premises in Russell’s argument)
B. Decrease in child brides (relate to Rachel’s argument against cultural relativism)
C. Decrease in teen suicide (relate to Plato’s chariot analogy)

Personal Implications
A. Greater Mental Health (relate to Plato’s chariot analogy)
B. Fulfilling Career (relate to Socrates’ core teaching that the unexamined life is not worth living)
C. Fulfilling marriage (relate to Socrates’ core teaching of striving for excellence in all areas of one’s life)

A. Procrastination (combat by studying with friends)
B. Finances (combat by budgeting and applying for financial aid)
C. Social isolation (combat by volunteering for a cause that is of interest)

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