Over the course of this semester, I have definitely enhanced my knowledge of classical ethics as well as developed my skills in analyzing and comprehending ethical theories. The content of this course was unlike anything I had studied previously and it presented a new challenge to me as a student…

In this week’s reading, Mencius discussed his beliefs surrounding human nature. He claims that all humankind has an inclination towards good, and that acting in a way that is not good goes against the very nature of man. He also claims that both benevolence and righteousness are internal, natural human inclinations. He goes on to discuss the four sprouts, or senses that every human possesses that can be developed into humaneness, righteousness, propriety, and wisdom.

I find Mencius’s belief that all humans are innately inclined to good to be interesting. I have always thought that humans were neither inclined towards good nor evil, like the philosopher Gaozi. However, Mencius’s analogy of the child and the well offered a new perspective. I agree with Mencius that the vast majority of people would react to the situation with the seeds of goodness.

In Nichomachean ethics, Aristotle discusses the aims of our actions and pursuits. He argues that every action is in the pursuit of some greater good, and even if a specific action does not have the greter goal as its direct result, it is contributing to that highest good. He then…

Hi, my name is Sydney Borkowski and I’m a junior at UofSC. I’m majoring in Environmental Studies and Global Studies and im also minoring in Spanish. I’m from Connecticut and I love reading, baking, and trying new coffee shops!

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