Phil 206:
Philosophy of Life and Death

Final Exam

May 13, 2010 (11:00 a.m.)

  • In what ways are typical American views concerning who we are and what happens when we die similar to and/or different from those of Tibetan Buddhism (Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying)?  Include analysis and comparison of  Western views concerning the nature and significance of dreams, concepts of an afterlife (The Egyptian Book of the Dead and Death: The Trip of a Lifetime), and Near-Death Experiences (Life After Death) with those of the Dalai Lama (Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying). 
Your essay should be informed, articulate, and reflective. This means you must: (1) demonstrate understanding of the assigned reading, films, etc., (2) analyze and evaluate those materials, and (3) express your own opinions, explore your own ideas, and draw your own conclusions.  You may discuss issues with classmates, but use standard considerations of friendship and academic integrity: if you use an insight or argument suggested by another person, reference the indebtedness. Outside sources are allowed, but not required. Be sure to provide complete citations for all quotations.
Length: approximately 7-10 pages of text (typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins).
Given the tight time-frame that professors have to grade final exams, papers must be submitted by 11:00a.m.on May 13, 2010. Unless you make advance arrangements for an incomplete, failure to submit a paper on-time will result in a failing grade for the course.
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Posted: May 4, 2010