Final Reading and Writing Assignment
**If you have a 3+ page paper due for another class, you may use the next two weeks of writing time to work on those projects. You don’t have to write a separate final for me.**
Argumentative Essay Topics
- Which is better for society, if people believe they have free will, or if people believe their actions are determined? Argue for one side or the other, and consider how the society you choose will be affected by this cultural belief. Use information from “Do you have free will…”
- Imagine that scientists PROVE that all of our actions are determined and that we have NO free choices. How should we handle crime in our society? Think about different levels of criminals, terrorists, murders, drug addicts. Use information from our discussions on crimes.
- Simulation Hypothesis
- I also want you to write a quick outline of three possible points you can write about within the topic.
- Terrorists: I still think we should punish terrorists for their actions, but we need to try to change their societies so terrorism is no longer an option.
- Murderers: Before now we have always punished murders severely for their crimes because it is a crime against society and human life. So we should continue to punish them heavily.
- Drug addicts: Instead of sending addicts to jail, we should force them to enter a rehabilitation program.
- View this introduction to the work of Jean Paul Sartre and answer the questions in the “Think” section on the right side of the page.
Optional Videos about Existentialism
- Existentialism in THREE minutes (03:00)
- Existentialism: Crash Course Philosophy #16 (08:53)
- How can Practical Everyday Existentialism help you live better | Stephen Robert Morse | TEDxOxBridge
- For those of you interested in psychology, this is where Existentialism is useful in psychology: Existential Analysis
- History of Ideas: What does it mean to be free?
- What does it mean to be me?
- The trolley problem