Philosophy of the Human
Spring Term 2012
Suggested Paper Topics
Write a 5-7 page paper double spaced with one inch margins in Times font on one of the following questions, or a topic of your own design. Papers are due by April 30 at midnight for electronic submission. Temple plagiarism policies apply to this assignment.
1. What does Sartre mean by existentialism, and how does an individual's freedom to act in the world appear to affect the chances of being able to lead a meaningful life? Why might it be important to be able to act in a way that is meaningful, and that allows people to lead a life that is in keeping with their own character? How well do you ...view middle of the document...
How have indigenous people's movements developed within Latin America during the past half century? What kinds of response to the arrival of neoliberal policies and the memory of a traumatic past appear to have emerged from the Latin American movements Chomsky discusses, and how do you see these movements helping their participants to work in non-traumatic ways toward a collective future? How well do you believe trauma can be handled, or overcome, through a process of struggle based on such contemporary movements, and what resources do indigenous people's movements appear to have to assist in their efforts? Are there limitations on the scope of indigenous struggle that weaken its interaction with neoliberal policies as they appear in the world more generally?
5. What are the conditions for human existence within shackdweller settlements in the world over the past forty years? Are the residents of megaslums well suited to the use of any of the methods of collective human...