Phil 2010 – Origins of Western Philosophy – Anna Greco
Guide to the Final Exam - Thursday, December 8 , 7:00-9:00
pm – ACW 004
Make sure you bring your student ID to the Exam. No notes,
books, computers, phones, or other electronic devices –
Format of the Exam
The Final Exam will include ten (10) short-answer questions (5 pts.
each) and two essay questions (25 pts. each).
The answer to a short-answer question should be no longer than three
or four sentences – I expect you will devote no more than 5-6 minutes
to each. The answer to an essay question should be as long as the
issue requires, and such that you can comfortably write within 20-30
minutes – not volumes, but not a skimpy answer either.
Below is an essay question pool, consisting of two lists. The day of the
Final Exam I will select two of the questions in each list, and you will be
required to select and answer one out of those two for each list.
1. Some or all of the following constitutes the only fragment of
Anaximander’s writing: “The things that are perish into the things
out of which they came to be, according to necessity, for they
penalty and retribution to each other for their injustice in
accordance with the ordering of time” (McKirahan 5.19, DK12B1).
Analyze, explain, and discuss.
2. Analyze, explain, and discuss the following excerpt from
Parmenides’ writing (McKirahan 11