Group Work on I and Thou, Tao Te Ching,  Republic,  Nichomachean Ethics, and Analects

Break up into small groups. Delegate one or more members of your group to
(1) prepare a summary of your group's discussion and
(2) make a list of your group's members.
Make sure each member of your group has a copy of your answers (for use on the next quiz).

Discuss your answers to the following questions.

1. Briefly explain what Confucius, Buber, Plato and Lao Tzu say about the best students.  What can be learned from this about becoming better learners?

2. Compare Confucius, Plato, and Lau Tzu on what sages/philosophers should do when they find themselves in a corrupt society.   Which one seems most prudent?  Why?

3.  Compare the beginning of the Tao Te Ching to the beginning of the Analects or  I and Thou.    What does the comparison suggest about how to live?  Why?

Nov. 17, 2014 (last revised). 
Michael Kagan, Le Moyne College,

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