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Philosophy Worksheet Name________________________________

Unit Two: Cynics, Skeptics, Epicureans, & Stoics Date_______________________ Block____

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Directions: Answer the following questions as fully as possible.
1) Describe how Alexander the Great changed history in a way that affected the development

of philosophy.


2) Briefly summarize the Cynics. What were they concerned with? Where does the word “Cynic” come from? What was their basic creed? Describe Diogenes.
3) What is the essence of Skepticism? What events of Pyrrho’s life made him develop his philosophy? Why has Skepticism played an important part in the history of philosophy?
4) What was the aim of Epicurus in developing the philosophy that bears his name? What were his thoughts about women and slaves? What was his attitude toward death? What did he think about the gods? What did the Christians think about the Epicureans?
5) What changed about ancient Western philosophy after Stoicism caught on? Discuss the core of Stoicism. How did the Stoics view Nature and God? What did the Stoics think about suicide? How did the Stoics influence Christianity, and what does the word “stoic” mean today?

Philosophy Worksheet Name________________________________

Unit Two: Cynics, Skeptics, Epicureans, & Stoics Date_______________________ Block____

___________________________________________________________________________________________



Directions: Answer the following questions as fully as possible.
1) Describe how Alexander the Great changed history in a way that affected the development

of philosophy.


2) Briefly summarize the Cynics. What were they concerned with? Where does the word “Cynic” come from? What was their basic creed? Describe Diogenes.
3) What is the essence of Skepticism? What events of Pyrrho’s life made him develop his philosophy? Why has Skepticism played an important part in the history of philosophy?
4) What was the aim of Epicurus in developing the philosophy that bears his name? What were his thoughts about women and slaves? What was his attitude toward death? What did he think about the gods? What did the Christians think about the Epicureans?
5) What changed about ancient Western philosophy after Stoicism caught on? Discuss the core of Stoicism. How did the Stoics view Nature and God? What did the Stoics think about suicide? How did the Stoics influence Christianity, and what does the word “stoic” mean today




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