Essay about Mede The Common Intellectual Experience

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In the Common Intellectual Experience, students are tasked with reading and analyzing many difficult and thought-provoking philosophical works by some of the greatest and most well-known writers. Some of these works are widely accepted and enjoyed by the students while others are tossed aside and forgotten. Though Euripides’s Medea seemed to captivate the students’ attention and allow for profound thinking from the majority of the students, The Bhagavad-Gita seemed to be overlooked. Medea answers, in some way, all three of the central CIE questions (What does it mean to be human? How should we live our lives? What is the nature of the universe and what is our place in it?). Though The Bhagavad-Gita answers these questions, the wording was generally found to be confusing and there was not enough time in class to discuss the book’s answers due to the students’ lack of knowledge about Hinduism. To start off, Medea very clearly answers the question of what it means to be human. In class, students were able to discuss the basic qualities, behaviors, and thoughts that separate humans from other animals. For example, humans have emotions, make mistakes and learn from them, and uphold morals. As far as we know, we are the only animals that do these things and that is why we are human. Throughout the play, Medea struggles with many different problems such as abandoning her family to find a new one, being betrayed by her new family, then having to make the executive decision to kill…

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