Western Thought Homework

Homework 5

Please start reading Plato's Crito. Please enter your three questions into this form by 11:59pm, Thursday night.


Also check out this piece from the New York Times: "The Dying Art of Disagreement."



-Due Friday, September 20th

Homework 4

Please read Plato's Apology. Please enter your three questions into this form by 11:59pm, Tuesday night. Here's a much shorter version of the Apology in comic form!


ALSO: For those of you who wonder whether formal logic can be used to prove mathematics, we proudly present "Harry Potter and the Set of All Sets the Do Not Contain Themselves."



-Due Wednesday, September 18th

Homework 3

Please read Plato's Meno.  It is 36 pages long, but I think you'll find it's pretty entertaining reading.  Please enter your three questions into this form by 11:59pm, Sunday night.


-Due Monday, September 16th

Homework (No number)

Please read the following article (PDF) on the Presocratics. This is taken from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 


ALSO, check out these cartoons about the Presocratics


-Due Friday, September 13th

Homework 2

Please read the Melian Dialogue from Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War. Think of three questions and enter them into this form. Please do so before 11:59pm tonight.


-Due Wednesday, September 11th



Homework 1

(1) Historia Civilis is a neat YouTube channel that has videos about ancient topics.  They did an excellent video explaining the rise of Athens's democracy.  Watch it here. Also, please read this brief history of Athens. Also, look at this very short overview of Athenian democracy, which fills in some of the holes in the video.


-Due Monday, September 9th


(2) Please read the Funeral Oration of Pericles.  Think of three questions about the Oration and enter them into this form!  Please do so before 11:59pm Monday night.


-Due Tuesday, September 10th


Please go to this form and enter in all information!  Please read this comic. And also this comic. Be prepared to discuss!




1) Make sure you have a Dropbox account!


2) Share a folder with me.  The format should be as follows:  If your name were Friedrich Nietzsche, the folder would be entitled: Friedrich Nietzsche, WPT .  My e-mail address for sharing is mpolazzo@gmail.com


3) Upload a headshot (not a whole body picture) of yourself that (a) is not too large and (b) actually looks like you. Place it in the shared folder. Name it friedrichnietzsche.jpg (substitute your first and last names).  Please note that all headshots should be in JPEG form!



-Due Friday, September 6th