Thucydide vs Plato on The Good Life

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Thucydides Versus Plato: Differing Views of the Good Life What is the true nature of the Good Life? Is it living life with concern for only oneself despite the possible consequences of one's action on others? Or might it involve self-sacrifice in effort to do what one feels is right or just? Is it descriptive, or perhaps prescriptive? Two prominent Greeks, Thucydides and Plato, began providing answers to these questions over 25 centuries ago as they analyzed and wrote critically about life's ethical implications. They shined contrasting light on what is right, just, and good; as well as ways to achieve true happiness. In short, each gave an opinion on how to garner the Good Life. Let's start by taking a look at Thucydides, …show more content…

I read and reviewed all assignments in part A of Module 1, then combined my recollection of it with my prior--and I must say somewhat limited--knowledge of philosophy to write the paper.
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A Brief Biblical View of Science, Technology, and Business:
Would Utilitarians Agree? Utilitarianism, originated by Epicurus in ancient Greece, was firmly developed as a field of normative ethics by Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill in the late 1700's and early 1800's respectively. Ideas included in Utilitarian supposition, inferring that which causes pleasure is beneficial, while that which results in pain is not, fit well with the modernization occurring in the western world at the same time. However, while the new concept fit well with changes going on in areas of science, technology and business, many of the new Utilitarian ideals seemed to clash with some of the traditional teachings spelled out in the Bible, arguably the most followed of all religious works, certainly in western culture. But why the differences? In an effort to understand why Biblical ethics conflicted with Utilitarianism in the budding technological era, it helps to know a bit about Biblical views on the previously stated areas of science, technology, and business. First off, it's fair to say the Bible doesn't specifically mention science since exact