DUE: by 11pm, March 10. Please submit electronically in MS Word document or cut and pasted into an email to

LENGTH: 4-5 pages word processed, double-spaced, font no larger than 12.

  • Every paper requires one additional reading beyond our class assignments.
  • All topics and additional readings must be cleared with me! 
  • I will be happy to help you choose a topic and additional reading. 
  • I will not accept papers where I have not cleared the topic and additional reading.
  • You may
    • Write on a topic we have discussed related to
      • Japanese Aesthetics
      • Holocaust memorials

    • Choose a topic related to our topics
      • WTC memorial process
      • Plato on education.
      • Kant on the sublime

    • Choose another topic in Aesthetics
      • Gender issues [Berger 2]
      • Creative Process
  • A non-standard project is more than welcome, BUT PLEASE talk to me before you start. 
  • Any project must reflect some aspect of our discussions in both a creative and an intellectually developed manner.
  • EVALUATION:The criteria remain the same.
  • "Comprehension" is demonstrated by presenting an author's ideas accurately.
  • "Ability to Respond" is demonstrated by making connections between two authors based on your reading and reflecting on the texts.
  • A "C" paper does the above
  • A "B" paper goes beyond class discussions in depth of comprehension and finding new connections.
  • An "A" paper contains deeper insight into the texts and their comparisons.
  • Your paper should have an introduction where you state what your topic will be and generally indicate what direction you will be going.Most of you need to be more specific here. Stating your thesis concerning your text/topic choice at this point can save you a lot of wandering later... 
  • The thesis should include a statement of the aspect of the author or authors you will discuss [the TOPIC] and a general statement about HOW you will discuss or compare them. [your THESIS]
  • You may organize the body of your paper in whatever way seems to present the material best, but be sure your organization is clear! 
  • However, it usually works better to present the philosopher's view [the parts you need for your discussion] first, then start the comparison/discussion of the other philosopher or literary text.
  • In other words don't alternate: "Plato says....., but I think...." 
  • If you do this you won't see the whole picture.
  • Present Plato's view first, then proceed to develop the contrast in relation to the topic you have chosen.
  • The paper should end with a conclusion, focusing and summarizing your discussion. 
  • The best papers are those where the conclusion "writes itself" - that is - it follows from what you have argued in your paper.
  • Please explain in your own words.  If you use a quote be sure to explain what the quotation means in the context of your discussion. In other words demonstrate understanding of the text.