The Story of Philosophy Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Will Durant
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Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on truth. In your essay comment on the difficulty of determining what truth is. Give your opinion on approaching the study of truth as a search for its origins or as a practical application for the future.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the philosopher in Durant's book that you find the most interesting. Include in your essay examples of that philosopher's work that are of particular interest to you.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on philosopher-kings. Include in your essay the way proponents of philosopher-kings probably saw themselves as able to govern justly. Explain why the theory that sounds well never worked well in reality.

Essay Topic 4

Write an essay on the death of Socrates. In your essay discuss the devotion of his students and why Socrates chooses not to escape Athens but drink the hemlock instead. Be sure to include the...

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