Write a paper on one of the following prompts:
1. Poetry in Plato and Aristotle:
Plato in the Republicand Aristotle in his Poeticsdiscuss story-telling, poetry, and its influence on the public. Thoroughly explain Plato’s inhibitions about poetry and his challenge to defend poetry, from the Republic. Then show how Aristotle’s Poeticsprovides an account of poetry that offers a response to Plato. Finally, comment on whether you find Aristotle’s defense of poetry adequate. Examples from contemporary film are welcome, though not required.
2. Pleasure in Plato and Aristotle:
Plato in the Lawsand Aristotlein the Politicsdiscuss the role of pleasure and amusement in the life of the individual and of society. Explain Plato’s misgivings about pleasure in the Laws. Then show how Aristotle’s Politicsprovides an account of pleasure, amusement, and leisurethat offers response to Plato. Finally, comment on whether you find Aristotle’s defense of pleasure, amusement, and leisure compelling. Examples from contemporary film and video games are welcome, though not required.
· 5 pages (4.5 is too short)
· 1-inch margins
· Times New Roman
· 12-pt font
· Page numbers on bottom right
· Heading on top of first page only, single spaced (as shown above)