November 11, 2013
1. Introduction Prompt: The relevance of being virtuous (moral) in our law-based society
seems to be an open question with no unanimous answer acceptable by all. Why is it
nevertheless important to become a virtuous person or act morally?
a. Thesis: In our law-based society today it is still necessary to become a virtuous
person because through this one can gain genuine pleasure, lead a good life, and
acquire personal happiness; which cannot be gained by solely following the laws
in place as supported by Plato in The Republic.
2. AGood Life
a. Argument: The majority of people think that a good and successful life results
from attaining what they want and this is good, be it materialistic or an emotional
state. It is truly the philosopher though who understands what is the best and
wants to acquire it. As a result the philosopher has a truly good life, because he is
looking for what is honestly good.
b. CounterArgument (Limit): People can bring up the argument that good is
subjective and that every person wants