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Phil 250-01:
Hinduism, Buddhism & Taoism

Final Essay

Due May18, 2010 (11:00 am)

Construct an articulate, philosophically reflective essay concerning Taoism and Zen that demonstrates your understanding of the primary source material we have been studying for the past five weeks. Pay particular attention to concepts of Self, Society, Nature.and Reality. (Who/what am I? What is my relationship to other people? What is my relationship to nature? What is my relationship to reality?) What, if anything, can we learn from these traditions that is relevant to our fast-paced 21st century lives? 

Be sure to: (1) demonstrate understanding of the assignments as well as the issues, (2) analyze and evaluate those materials, and (3) express and explore your own ideas and opinions.

You may discuss issues with other people (including classmates), but use standard considerations of academic integrity when preparing your papers: if you use an insight or argument suggested by another person, reference the indebtedness. Outside sources are allowed, but neither expected nor required. Provide complete citations for all quotations.

7-10 pages of text: typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins. For those who wish, papers may be submitted electronically (disk, jump drive or Email). Late papers will not be accepted without advance arrangement and adequate justification.

Required Texts
Tao te Ching, Zhuangzi, and Hardcore Zen.

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