Welcome to the Academics weekly assignment for the week of June 12th, 2022! These weekly assignments will give our Professors the ability to showcase some of their lesson ideas here on the website. Each assignment will be posted for a week, in which everyone will be able to read about the topic and respond to the assignment prompt. This week's assignment is "Philosophy - Chronos and Kairos" created by Elizabeth (ElizabethTheToad).
The assignment is as follows:
The ancient Greeks had two different words that they equated with the concept of time. Chronos dealt with quantitative time, such as how we measure the days and how old we physically are. In contrast, kairos was more abstract and pointed to qualitative characteristics of time. Often, kairos was described as the ‘perfect’ timing, such as finding the ideal moment to shoot an arrow. By definition, kairos must be spontaneous and cannot be planned in advance. While classically kairos was used to ask about the weather or describe the perfect moment when arguing a speech, many modern philosophers have furthered the concept. They have adapted the concept to extend to everyday situations, though there are still many different discussions about what kairos encompasses. It has become an idealised, fleeting moment of peace that many think is directly in opposition to the more rigid chronos.
Have you ever felt a moment of kairos? If so, what made the moment ‘perfect’? Do you prefer to look at time through the lens of chronos or kairos? Why?
Please make sure to write at least 5 full sentences to get AC for this assignment! Your assignment must be entirely written by you and may not be plagiarized (including copying anything from online sources, books, or movie plots) in any way. Assignments must follow all PotterworldMC rules, which can be found here; assignments that do not follow all PotterworldMC rules will be subject to punishment. If your assignment does not meet the requirements, you will be unable to redo your assignment for this week. Assignments are due at 12am PST on Sunday, June 19th, 2022. You may submit as soon as you would like, but any assignments submitted after that time will not receive grades. You may receive up to 20 ACs for your submission. House points will not be awarded to any submissions. If you have any questions, please reach out to a Jr. Professor, Sr. Professor, Academics Advisor, Academics Lead or Head of Academics on Discord.
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