Intellectual Heritage A (Fall 2007) - Midterm

Answer either question 1 or 2.

1. Some might say that Haemon is worse off then any other character in "Antigone," since he's caught in a double bind. Explain and evaluate this claim.

2. Describe the major events in the life of Oedipus, including the prophecies, that led him to kill his father and marry his mother.

Answer two questions from 3-6.

3. In the "Apology," Socrates argues that one should not fear death. Please explain and evaluate his argument.

4. In the "Crito," Socrates argues that it would be wrong to escape from prison because he has implicitly consented to follow all of the laws of Athens. Please explain and evaluate his argument.

5. In the "Euthyphro," Socrates asks if what makes an act pious (good) is the fact that the gods love it, or if the golds love certain acts because the acts are pious. Explain the difference and indicate which answer Socrates thinks is correct and why.

6. Name two virtues discussed by Aristotle and explain how they are the mean between two extremes.