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SAMPLE ESSAY TOPICS AND GUIDELINES
TOPICS - Contemporary Philosophy -
Please, note that this shall be a theoretical and historical paper, but also a creative one. Topics:
How can we achieve an equal and just posthuman society, based on a positive recognition of the differences? How can we achieve co-existence without the use of violence or coercion? Use at least three texts read in class in the second part of the course (starting with the class on Marx), and elaborate on how to achieve a paradigm shift, a new episteme in which human and non human differences are valorized instead of being dismissed. This shall be a theoretical and historical paper, but also a creative one, in which you attempt to find possible and plausible solutions to achieve a desirable posthuman society based on post-dualistic practices.
The private is political. Please, refer to one (or more) forms of discriminations that you have witnessed or that you have experienced (directly or indirectly) in your lifetime. Analyze them through one (or more) of these lenses: classism, racism, ethnocentrism, sexism, homophobia, speciesism, anthropocentrism, biocentrism. Use at least three texts read in class in the second part of the course. In the second part of the paper, offer a generative critique of how to move towards non-discriminatory social practices. Make sure to balance the critical part with the generative one, so that both are given an appropriate amount of space.
The human is not one but many. Who is the human (that is: who has been "considered" a human being / who has been represented as "more" human then others / who has been represented as "less" human then others) ? What is the "human" (a category / a culture / a kinship based on DNA)? Please, reflect on how humans have historically constructed social identities, often creating symbolic "others". You can bring, as an example, different categories of deconstruction, such as: Nature/Culture, Class, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Species, the Environment, Intersectionality. You should then attempt to find possible and plausible solutions on how we can change such a practice: how can we get rid of the need of symbolic "others" in order to construct human identities? Make sure to analyze at least three authors/texts read in class in the second part of the course.
WORD COUNT Your paper should be between 1,750 and 2,000 words (references included).
PLAGIARISM Before resubmitting your essay, make sure to quote all the original sources and cite the original text. Please, read this link to make sure you understand what plagiarism is: http://guides.nyu.edu/friendly.php?s=citations
REFERENCES Please, make sure to revise your references and only quote sources which are academically acceptable (avoid generic online sources; use academic books and journals). Please, read these links to make sure you understand which sources are considered academically acceptable: