|"o, s, t, mus, tis, nt" cantat Regina|
Then we got onto the fun bit. It's not often that students respond to, "Today, we're doing philosophy" with a cheer, but you guys did, and we delved into Plato's ideas on why humans do good or bad things.
But first, a bit about the man and his work:
Jamellia read from Plato's Republic, telling the story of Gyges, who found a ring that turned him invisible. Plato's character, Glaucon, makes the point that people only do the right thing because they fear getting caught. If you could get away with something, you'd do it. In fact, if you didn't, people would think you're a bit of a loser.
Do we agree with Glaucon? We put it to the test. In pairs, we discussed a series of moral dilemmas where the chances of getting into trouble were low or zero, but which (at least to some of us!) just didn't feel quite right. Here's one we discussed:
A close friend gets a job as assistant manager of a shoe shop. You visit them and they give you a brand new pair of trainers saying, "The owner is really an idiot and the inventory system is so bad here they never know what they have in stock. Half the people who work here take stuff home for free. You can have these trainers if you want."
Would you go along with Glaucon, and take the trainers, or would some inner voice stop you? Or perhaps using the analogy of an invisibility ring is misleading: are there ever any actions in life that don't have any possible negative outcomes? The discussion carries on next week!
Rings & invisibility - always trouble
In the meantime, to help your parsing muscles to become even buffer, this week's home task takes the form of an online quiz-game-thingy - here's the link. Enjoy!