Phil 104A S19: Philosopher Report

Directions: While we will cover many significant and important philosophical figures this semester, we will, by necessity, ignore or skip over many of them. Your assignment is to pick two of these figures and write a 2-3 page report on each. You must pick a philosopher that we did not discuss in class. In your report you should:
  1. Provide a brief summary of that figure's life, 
  2. Briefly summarize the core philosophical doctrines of that figure, 
  3. Discuss why that figure is significant to the history of philosophy. 
Your papers should be typed, double-spaced in a 10-12 point legible font. You may submit them over email or as hard copies in class. You should also include a works cited page. Each paper will be worth 25 points. 

Due Dates: The first report must be on a Presocratic or Hellenistic philosopher and is due by Thursday, March 21. The second report must be on a Medieval philosopher and is due by Thursday, May 9. You are always free to turn in these assignments early.

Extra Credit: You may do one additional report on any other philosopher from any of the time periods covered in class for 25 points of extra credit. The extra credit is due by the last day of class, Thursday, May 23

Resources: For help in selecting an author, you can use the textbook, or the following links:
History of Philosophy Podcast:
Once you have selected an author to discuss, you can use Wikipedia, or the following, extremely useful, resource: