Happiness and Moral Virtue

Introduction to Philosophy – Fall 2021

Happiness and Moral Virtue – Story and Essay: Assignment and Rubric

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The Prompt:

First Part: Write a (very) short story of 200-400 words that illustrates someone developing the moral virtue of courage OR temperance.


Second Part: Write an essay of 600-900 words answering the following questions:

  1. What is a moral virtue according to Aristotle?
  2. How does Aristotle think we develop moral virtues?
  3. How does Aristotle define the virtue you have described in your story? What is it a meanbetween?
  4. How does your story illustrate Aristotle’s theory of moral virtue? Some questions to consider:
    1. What activities does the main character in your story perform to develop their chosen moral virtue?
    2. What roadblocks do they encounter in developing this moral virtue?
    3. Is the main character ultimately successful in developing this moral virtue?
    4. Does the main character become happier thanks to their attempt to develop a moral virtue?

Assignment Goals:

Completing this essay will help you work towards Goals 1-3 of the course, which are:

  1. To understand core concepts in philosophy.
  2. To read arguments.
  3. To write clearly.

Assignment Specifications:

  1. Due 10/7 by 11:59 PM.
  2. Late papers will be marked down 10 points every 24 hours that they are late.
  3. NO papers will be accepted after 10/10.
  4. Your papers are blind-reviewed. Do NOT place your name on your paper.
  5. You should upload your paper through Canvas.
  6. If you would like to discuss your paper, I can meet with you during my regular office hours (Th 2-3:30 in DM 341-D) or by appointment.