Philosophy Assignment Discussion Questions
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Week 1 (Cloud Technology question)
- When would you recommend the use of a VPC, and when would you recommend a public cloud?
- What factors did you consider in your recommendation?
- Pick a resource and data set that CloudWatch monitors and collects. How would the use of CloudWatch make a difference in your cloud maintenance? How will you use the data gathered by CloudWatch?
- Will you recommend CloudWatch as an added feature to your cloud deployment? Why or why not?
**Philosophy Instructions for discussion questions: answer all its parts fully. Make a specific claim about the topic, argue for it convincingly, and draw on the posted resources for support, adding in personal experience or opinion as directed. Don't just answer off the top of your head or report on what you already know. **
Week 1 (Philosophy Questions)
Ethics: Courage or Truthfulness? Read what Aristotle has to say about both in the Nicomachean Ethics (Courage: Book 3, Chapters 6-9; Truthfulness: Book 4, Chapter 7).
Answer the question: Which is more important for a person to possess, courage or truthfulness?
**Use the Nicomachean Ethics and your own reasoning to make your argument. You must choose one of the alternatives and may not sidestep the issue by saying both are equally important, it depends, or something else evasive. Pick one and defend your choice.**
Week 2 (Philosophy Questions)
Philosophy of Religion: Study Aquinas' five "ways" of demonstrating God's existence in the learning resources then engage in the study of ontology by examining your belief in God.
Answer the question: Does God really exist?
**Use Aquinas and your own reasoning in your argument.**
Week 3 (Philosophy Questions)
Epistemology: The knowledge of morality. Examine the rationalism vs empiricism debate by exploring how you learned your morality.
Answer the question: How did you learn what was right and wrong? By your answer, are you a Rationalist or an Empiricist?
Use Descartes' Meditations and your own reasoning in your argument.
Week 4 (Philosophy Questions)
Political Theory: The Limits of Freedom. Locke promoted the rights of the individual over the power of the state, but recognized the power of the state to limit freedom in some cases. Explore this conflict by asking yourself a political question:
Answer the question: Do citizens have the right to break the law as they see fit, even if it harms others directly?
***Use Locke's Second Treatise on Government as well as your own experience and reasoning in your argument.***
Week 5 (Philosophy Questions)
Metaphysics: Freedom of Will? In the third chapter of Kant's Metaphysic of Morals, Kant questions the existence of Freedom of Will. Explore Kant's ethics by engaging in this metaphysical problem.
Answer the question: Given the constraints of morality, does Freedom of Will really exist?
*** Use your understanding of Kant's Metaphysic of Morals, your experience, and your reasoning in your argument. ***
Week 6 (Philosophy Questions)
History of Philosophy: Heidegger's Criticism of Metaphysics. According to Martin Heidegger, western philosophy "lost its way" by focusing almost exclusively on the rational exploration of metaphysics beginning with Plato. Explore Heidegger's criticism of metaphysics by engaging in this topic.
Answer the question: Is the rational metaphysics we explored in this class useful to me personally?
***Use your understanding of the primary texts of the philosophers we have studied (Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Kant) to make your argument.***
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