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Simmons PHIL 2010: Getting started

The Assignment


  • Presentations should be three to four pages typed, double spaced, in five paragraph essay style. 
  • Presentations must include complete citations (footnotes or endnotes) in Chicago or MLA format. 
  • Presentation must have a clear thesis (first page), a 200 word summary of the book or article, an argument supporting the thesis, and a conclusion.
  • Students must bring two hard copies of the presentation to class on the day presentations are due.
  • Electronic copies of the course must be submitted on-line to TURNITIN, the plagiarism checking software.    

Students should:

  • Read the book or article.  All materials available in the Lane Library.
  • Develop a thesis regarding the book or essay and an argument that supports that thesis. 
  • Find philosophical articles that address the thesis developed.
  • Research must include a minimum of two additional written sources. 

Topics (most materials available at Lane Library):

A.      Show Me a Kindness, by Nancy Brandon

B.      Three Dashes Bitters, by Jack Simmons

C.      Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide:  Global Views on Choosing to End Life, Michael Cholbi (Request through InterLibrary Loan)

D.     “A Trip with the Strange Woman: Amiri Baraka's "Dutchman" and the Book of Proverbs,” Christopher Baker, South Atlantic Review, Vol. 78, No. 3/4 ([2013]), pp. 110-128

E.      “Sartre and Post-Humanist Humanism,” by Beth Butterfield, appearing in Beyond Humanism: Trans- and Posthumanism series by Peter Lang

F.      Hiedegger and House:  The Twofold Task in Working out the Question of American Medicine,” Simmons/Rich, Film and Philosophy, 15 (2011) (request through InterLibrary Loan)

G.     Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left Rhetoric: The Road to Compromise, Karen Fry, Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan Press, 2014 (Request through GIL Express)

H.     Arendt: a Guide for the Perplexed, Karin Fry, London: Bloomsbury Academic (Continuum Press), 2009.

See the links below for how to access to the materials. Some may be avilable in the library's print collection, and others may be available electronically:

Getting materials from other places

Reliable Websites

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The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, maintained by the University of Tennessee (Martin), "was founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization to provide open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy.

The staff of 30 editors and approximately 300 authors hold doctorate degrees and are professors at colleges and universities around the world, most notably from English-speaking countries."

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From its inception, the Stanford Encyclopedia of  Philosophy "was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field.

All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. Consequently, our dynamic reference work maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research."


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