The Life of Action

Mon, May 01

What should you focus your time and attention on if you want your life to be more meaningful? Should philosophy be put in the service of action? Or is the main role of philosophy to feed our contemplative sides? Today we consider one proposal -- the good life is one dedicated to justice and action on behalf of the good.  

By the end of this day, you will:

  1. Understand the ways in which Martin Luther King uses the image of Socrates to defend activism
  2. Consider whether King's argument for civil disobedience is sound
  3. Debate the role that social structures play in determining the value and meaning of individual lives
  4. Consider current social and political structures that King's arguments might apply to.

Read This:

Prof. Blaschko's students should read this: Interactive Essay: Letter from a Birmingham Jail (Martin Luther King Jr)

Prof. Christy's students should read and annotate this same text via Perusall.

Do This:

Prof. Blaschko's students: Read and annotate the short "Application Article" on Perusall.

Prof. Christy's students: Read the short "Application Article" on Perusall.

All students: After you've finished today's reading, make sure you complete the reading quiz, which you can access through your section's Canvas page.


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