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Meaning of Life.


course director: Hilary E. Davis, PhD

Winter 2019

Instructions for Major Essay

Formulate an argument which answers one of the following sets of questions:

Option A

If  flow is a necessary condition for happiness, would you be happy if you were plugged into the Experience Machine?

Option B

If pleasure is a necessary condition for happiness, would you be happy if you were living the good life as defined by Aristotle?

***Both options require that you define ‘happiness’ using course materials – e. g. Haybron, Aristotle, Bentham, or Mill.  Your definition of ‘happiness’ must come from the course readings.***

2.  Course materials: Papers must include discussion of  the relevant required course readings on happiness.

You are expected to both quote and paraphrase from the relevant course readings in order to support your argument.

The only secondary materials you are allowed to cite are those indicated on either the lecture slides or course Moodle.

3.  Citations:  Citations should take the following form:

alphabetized bibliography (include name of author, title of article, publisher [or journal information], date of publication) plus internal referencing in the text of your paper.

Internal referencing should include author, abbreviated title, & page number & should be placed in parentheses after the citation.  If you are using more than one text by the same author, include an abbreviation of the title in your internal citation.

example of bibliographic entry 

Arthur Schopenhauer, “On the Vanity of Existence,” from Exploring the Meaning of Life: An Anthology and Guide, (ed.), Joshua W. Seachris.  (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).  Cited throughout as Schopenhauer, OVE.

example of internal citation – (Schopenhauer, OVE, 229)

Complete bibliographic information can be found on the course schedule.

4.  Length:  approximately 5-6 pages.   Do not write more than 1500 words.

5.  Format:  typed, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins on all sides.  Font size should be 11 or 12 pt.  Do not include a title page.  Instead, in the Header put your name, student number, TA’s name, Tutorial Number , Course Code and section number (PHIL 1100M) and “Major Essay.”  Failure to follow these instructions will result in marks being deducted.

6.  Due Date: Monday, March 25 th

This essay requires both a hardcopy and Turnitin submission.

Hardcopies        must be submitted to Prof. Davis’ dropbox in the Philosophy         Department,          4 th Floor,  South Ross.

The                  hardcopy dropbox deadine is: 1pm on Monday, March 25 th

Essays       must also be uploaded to the Turnitin Link on Moodle.

The                  Turnitin deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, March 25 th

Essays       will not be graded until both the hardcopy and Turnitin copies are         submitted.

Late essays will be penalized 10%      per day for each day they are late. Late         penalties will apply if either the hardcopy or Turnitin copy is submitted late . Note: these penalties add up very quickly!!

Be certain that your name, student number, TAs name, Tutorial Number, Course Code and section number (PHIL 1100M) and Major Essay appear in the header of the first page of your essay.

Essays must be written on the assigned topics only. They must conform to the specified length restrictions: materials in excess of the specified length will not be read or graded.

It is strongly recommended that you submit your Turnitin copy on March 24 th so you do not forget.

Essays       can be picked up after the Final Exam.

8.  Value of Major Essay:  30% of final mark

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