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Paper 1 Meaning of Life Phil 2310 CRN 26969 Spring 2020


1. The paper must be typed.

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2. Do NOT include a title.

3. Place your name, date, and course and section numbers in the top of the first page following MLA format.

4. Make sure to save your paper with the following file name:

[your last name] Paper 1.

Example: Bohorquez Paper 1.

5. You must submit your paper in a format that is compatible with Microsoft Word. If I have difficulty reading your paper because of the format in which it was submitted, I will consider your paper as not submitted. Though pdf files are compatible with MS Word, the conversion process makes the files very difficult to read. Please do NOT submit your paper as a pdf.

6. Submit this as an attachment to Blackboard. I will not accept hard copies or e-mail submissions of your paper. Make sure that you know how to and can submit to Blackboard before the deadline.

7. The length of the paper MUST be at least the minimum. I will accept papers that go over the recommended length, but papers should be no more than 1700 words. Only use words in the body of the paper toward word count. Click on the following link for information on setting up word count on MS Word:Word Count

8. This paper is not intended to be a research paper. My expectations are that you will demonstrate an earnest engagement with the topic of the assignment. Make sure to dedicate attention to defining all terms, though. Do not cite dictionaries when providing definitions. Use your own words to explain the key terms of the topic.

9. Use parenthetical citations in MLA format. Make sure to use marginal pages, where appropriate. Right-click on the link for MLA format info: MLA format.

10. Make sure to include a Work(s) Cited page.

Write a 1000 to 1500-word essay responding to the following prompt.

So far this semester we have discussed Sartre’s essay, “Existentialism,” Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich,” and excerpts from Barrett’s Irrational Man,. We have also discussed how the question of the meaning of life requires an assessment of the being that can even ask the question itself. Using at least one quote from each of the aforementioned texts, with particular attention to Barrett’s chapter on Heidegger, explain how a Heideggerian phenomenological appraisal of Being can frame the question of the meaning of being in a manner to more effectively attempt a response to the question of the meaning of life.