Socrates claims that he wants to become Euthyphro’s pupil. What does Socrates say are his reasons for wanting to do so?
Socrates poses the question whether “the pious” is loved by the gods because it is pious, or whether the pious is the pious because it is loved by the gods. What does he mean by this question? Which examples does he use to make his meaning clear?
What is wrong with thinking of prayer and sacrifice as a kind of business relationship between humans and gods? How does this attempt at a definition bring the argument back in a circle to where it began?
Week 2 Reading Questions for Apology by Plato
What is the accusation brought by the new accusers, as represented by Meletus?
In what way is the fear of death a false wisdom?
Socrates claims that his ‘punishment’ should consist in a reward for his divine service to the Athenian community. What does he suggest as his sentence, and in what way has he been God’s gift to Athens?
Week 3 Reading Questions for Meno by Plato
Which question must be answered before Socrates can know whether virtue can be taught?
What is wrong with defining ‘shape’ as ‘that which always follows colour’? How does the exchange between Socrates and Meno on this point help us to understand the characteristics of a Philosophical definition?
In what way does the slave boy benefit from Socrates’ confusing geometry problem, i.e., what is the benefit of being ‘shocked by the torpedo fish’?
After seemingly proving that virtue can be taught, Socrates changes gears and argues against this conclusion. Why does he doubt that virtue can be taught?
In what way are true opinions like the statues of Daedalus? What makes knowledge any different than true opinion?
Week 4 Reading Questions for The Principles… (Conway), Chapters I-IV
Why can’t God have passions?
How does the infinity of God’s goodness prove the infinity of time? Briefly explain Conway’s argument in II.S4.
Which analogy does Conway use to show that God can move all creatures without the deity itself being moved?
Why can’t creatures be equal to Christ?
Week 5 Reading Questions for The Principles (Conway), Chapters V-VI
Which two kinds of rest seem to lack motion?
If individual essences of things were mutable, how would this undermine the possibility of objective truths?
In the most general sense of the term Species, how many total species are there (how many kinds of Being are there)?
Why does Conway say that all thoughts are masculine and feminine?
Week 6 Reading Questions for The Principles (Conway), Chapters VII-VIII
Why can’t there be any such thing as dead matter?
What is the basis of all love?
How does the example of the ship’s helmsman help to explain the origin of sin?
Week 7 Reading Questions for The Principles… Chapter IX
Conway agrees with Hobbes on what point?
Motion/action is not a substance, but rather what?
What is the difference between material and virtual extension?
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