Posted: February 3rd, 2016
Compare and contrast the two thinkers you have chosen by asking and answering questions like
these: in what ways do they overlap, in what ways do they conflict? Is one influenced by another?
Do they share some common root? How do they view human nature differently? How do they view
the ultimate source of ethical value? What does each one claim constitutes a �good leader?� Note
that these are just examples of questions you could ask/answer; a good paper will not attempt to
answer them all but will focus closely on a concise, specific issue.
Key point: your paper must present an argument and defend a conclusion about the relationship
between the two thinkers you are comparing/contrasting. It is not enough to say that one thinker
says X while the other says Y. You could argue that one thinker�s position on an issue is stronger
than the other�s, or that two positions that appear very different are actually quite similar, or that
two positions that appear quite similar are actually significantly different, etc.
The philosophers we considered in this class are:
� J. S. Mill � N. Machiavelli
� Plato � I. Kant
Some other figures you might wish to take up:
� David Hume � Cicero
� John Locke � G. W F. Hegel
� Paul Tillich � Marcus Aurelius
� Aristotle � Confucius
� Seneca � Karl Marx
� John Rawls � Hannah Arendt
� Julius Evola � Benjamin Franklin
� Robert Nozick � Milton Friedman
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