Using only Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (only excerpts from Book 1, Book 2 (1-6), Book 3 (1-5), Book 5 (1-7),Book 6 (1-8), Book 8 (1-12) or Book 10) , compare and contrast their ideas (about virtue, good, justice, or family, etc…) , and explain the importance of their similarities and differences in today’s society.
As always, your introductory paragraph sets the stage for your readers. Acknowledge both authors with a brief reference such as professor, author, philosopher. Acknowledge the respective essay and chapter that you will be summarizing and comparing. Is there an overarching theme that unites these two works, such as visual culture? If so, acknowledge this briefly in your introduction. Specify that you are carefully comparing the writings to highlight the perspective and philosophy of each respective author. Keep in mind that you are not inserting yourself, your opinion, in this comparative summary. We refer to this as analytical summary writing. While you will be analyzing the content of Stanworth’s essay and Benjamin’s chapter, you are not creating an argument, other than to how they are similar and different. Your goal is a reasoned comparison substantiated with specific examples from each text. Note that the introductory paragraph has no major heading other than the title of the paper in bold-face font