Emily, Lexi, John 2/14/2014
Hegel Discussion #1
1. What is the nature of the argument?
- or more loosely, how is the author trying to make his/her case?
- is the argument inductive or deductive, does it generalize from the specific, or begin with an over-arching theory and proceed to interpret specifics?
- what is the rhetorical form of the argument? i.e., does it make appeal to authorities, to history, to logic, to the reader's introspection ....?
- to whom is the writing addressed? or for whom is it intended?
2. Who/What is the argument against?
- identify the targets, other authors or systems of thought that this author is bent on challenging.
3. What is the argument?
- or more loosely, what is the author trying to do? persuade the reader of?
- does the author clearly state his/her intention? if so, what is it?
- be sure to pay attention to what the author is saying concerning our three focal points:
i. human nature: what theory is developed, what assumptions are made?
ii. ethics: how does ethics figure in the argument? is the author engaging in moral
condemnation or moral prescription, if so, on the basis of what sort of ethical theory?
iii. politics: what is politics according to the author? what should the purposes of politics be?
- does the author employ or develop any specific concepts that deserve attention?
3a. What does the author regard as the distinctive problems and possibilities in the Modern Age
3b. How does the author address liberty, equality, and fraternity?
“The unity of different wills, which therefore relinquish their difference and distinctiveness” (104).
4. What are the strengths of the author's argument?
5. What are the weaknesses of the author's argument?