Phil 115 S14: Essay Prompt

Your assignment is to watch a film of your choosing and then write a 3-5 page paper in which you relate the themes and issues raised in your film to one of the authors we have studied this semester. In writing your essay, you should pay particular attention to the end of the film as this is often the point where the filmmakers most clearly present their own philosophical position. A successful essay will do the following:
  • Contain a strong theses statement in which you clearly explain what you will be discussing in your paper and the perspective you will adopt.
  • Clearly articulate the themes in the film.
  • Clearly articulate the views of the philosopher you will be writing about.
  • Explain how your film relates to the philosopher by citing specific scenes or moments in the film.
Your paper should be typed, double-spaced in 10-12 point legible font with 1" margins. The paper is due on the last day of class, Thursday, May 22. In addition  to your final draft you must also complete the following pre-writing assignments. Failure to participate in these activities will result in a failing grade on the paper:
  1. Bring a thesis statement to class on Thursday, May 1
  2. Bring three copies of a draft of your paper to class on Thursday, May 15 for peer editing.