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York University
PHIL 1100
David Stamos

AP PHIL 1100 W 13 Meaning of Life Essay Topics (due Thursday March 21, 2013—this has nothing to do with your tutorials) Weight: 3 marks style, 2 marks opening paragraph, 25 marks as specified below = 30 marks Specifications: • a cover page including all necessary information • one staple in the upper-left corner (no folder, no paper clips, no graphics) • 5–7 pages (strict) of text, typed, dbl-spaced, 12-pt serif font, indented paragraphs, pages numbered • an opening paragraph, clearly stating your topic, a brief statement of what you are going to do in the paper and what you are going to argue, including your readings (author-date), and absolutely nothing else • make the structure of your essay isomorphic to the essay question • no padding, i.e., an extra space between paragraphs, wide margins, subheadings, biographical material, etc. • be as clear and concise as possible throughout your paper, avoid jargon words, flowery language, and bafflegab, and do no more or less than what the question asks • all references and quotations must be cited using the author-date system, with the original source year cited in the body of the text, page numbers referring to the reprint source (viz. our textbook), and the original and reprint sources included in the list of references (given on a separate page at the end of your paper) • if using outside sources (you don’t have to), confine yourself to academically respectable sources, i.e. sources found in peer-reviewed academic books and journals (not the Web) • do not use endnotes and use footnotes only for discursive purposes • when arguing your own view, you must keep your argumentation down to earth (i.e., you must restrict yourself to philosophical arguments everyone in the class can relate to) • keep in mind also that agreeing is not the same thing as arguing Topics (choose one): 1) Explain how Taylor relates the myth of Sisyphus to the non-human biological world (5 marks). Then, explain what his solution to the meaning of life is (5 marks). Then, explain Camus’ solution to the meaning of life, being sure not to overlook the section “Absurd Freedom” (5 marks). Then, argue for which of these solutions you think is the stronger position (logically, psychologically, you must specify) (10 marks). 2) A recurring theme in this course is that “What (really) is the meaning of life?” is not a genuine question at all but a pseudo-question, a question that looks like a real question but is not. Explain the ways according to which Kai Nielsen, in §V of his article, says this is so (10 marks). Then, explain the way examined by John Wisdom that this is so (5 marks). Then, pick one way in which one of those authors considers that it might not be a pseudo-question and argue either for it or against it using arguments not found in either of those readings (10 marks). Note: • you must submit two versions of your paper in order to receive a grade: • a paper copy to to your TA (not to me, I have one foot in the grave) in class on the day due • an electronic copy on the same day (your final copy, not a rough copy, on one complete file, not two files) to www.turnitin.com (class ID: 618403, enrollment password: bloodclots) • this is your only proof that you submitted in case your paper copy is lost • email submissions to me or your TA will absolutely not be accepted • late papers will lose 1 mark for each day late (computer excuses will not be accepted) • early and late papers should be submitted to your TA personally, or to the department secretary, or to the department drop box (not to anyone else or to anywhere else!) at the philosophy department, S 448 Ross Bldg., at least 15 minutes before they close (find out when that is). • get the secretary to date stamp it. • if you drop it in the drop box after hours, it will be date stamped the next day and that date stamp will count as the date of submission (regardless of your turnitin date) • if you don’t give your paper to your TA personally, only the department date stamp will be accepted as the date of submission during the week. • the turnitin date will only be accepted as the date of submission during weekends. • to be clear, this means that if you submit to the phil. dept. on a Friday but they don’t stamp it for that day, then your paper will be an extra day late even if you submitted to turnitin on that Friday. • late papers will no longer be accepted once graded papers have been returned to students (normally two weeks after the due date) and will receive a zero grade • plagiarism is an extremely serious offence: see the last page attached below The Author-Date System There are a number of ways of implementing the author-date system, as the following paragraph illustrates. According to Kaufmann (1958), “Philosophy and art, religion and science, represent a revolt against common sense” (93). There is a lot of truth to this. Plato, for example, in his Republic (490b), not only claimed that this world is not fully real but he described intellectual union with the real world—the world of the timeless abstract realities he called Forms—as an “erotic” love where one has “intercourse” w
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