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Classical Ethics


ISBN13: 9780898243956


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This new book by award-winning teacher Dr. Jerry Chris explores classical philosophers, applies them to modern scenarios, engages in Socratic Dialogue and illustrates each debate with examples from literature.

The chapters cover the issues that have occupied the minds of the greatest philosophers:

Motive vs. Consequence
Absolutism vs. Relativism
Moderation vs. Extremism
Accepting of Fate vs. Changing Fate
Egoism vs. Common Good

Dr. Chris, in the light of classical philosophy, discusses guideposts that teenagers can use in modern situations. The real-life Socratic Seminar examples are intended to promote critical thinking, and the references to classical literature provide the basis for interdisciplinary connections between philosophy and literature to help deep-thinking students toward further reading of the classics

Jerry Chris, Ed.D., has been a teacher in Southern California for 38 years. He has authored nine educational books and two novels, all with Royal Fireworks Press. Dr. Chris served as International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Mission Viejo High School, from 1985 until 2008. In 1991 he became the first president of the California International Baccalaureate Organization (CIBO), the prototype for all the sub-regional groups in I.B. In 1998 he co-authored a senate bill which still provides funds for teacher training within the California I.B. organization. He also serves as an I.B. site visitor, Theory of Knowledge workshop leader, TOK examiner, school exam inspector, and applicant school consultant. Among his many awards are California-Orange Region.