My comprehension, and thus, my interest in course material, was vastly different with each author that we explored, with the most comprehensible of these having been read at the beginning of the semester. Though understanding each writer presented a certain degree of difficulty, the works that I was able to…

In his article “Towards an African Moral Theory”, Metz discusses that, beyond what is nearly universally immoral (killing, stealing, etc.), there are certain moral principles, called ubuntu ethics, that have been observed more so in African cultures than in their Western counterparts. The first of these distinct values was particularly…

In sections 6A1 to 6A4, Mencius examines several analogies regarding human nature and whether it is inherently good or bad. These sections seemed to follow an interrogative format: the presentation of an analogy of Gaozi’s followed by a question challenging its validity. Though some of the arguments Mencius makes were…

In describing the highest good, Aristotle emphasizes how it differs, not only among man, but within man. In other words, not only does our understanding of the highest good differ from person to person, but it differs depending on the circumstances that impact us. Using the examples that Aristotle uses…

Hello.My name is Andrew Valdivia. I am a sophomore from Kansas City, MO. I am currently an Economics major, but I hope to eventually study International Business. This is my second Ethics course at USC. I look forward to constructive discourse and hearing different perspectives on ethical matters.

Andrew Valdivia

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