2014 Senior Essays

2014 Senior Essays and Schedule

All faculty and students are welcome to attend any of the senior essay seminars. Assigned faculty and student readers can download a copy of an essay here by clicking on its title. Click here for a schedule calendar; there will no doubt be some adjustments, so check often for updates. Please notify Tutor Michael Riley right away of any problems.

Jacquelyn Antonini

The History of Democracy, a Tyrant?

What is it to govern? What is Democracy? What is American Democracy; and does American Democracy allow individuals to flourish under its rule? I confess that in this essay, I have bitten off more than I can chew and my attempt to answer these questions may prove to be unsatisfactory. However, the underlying purpose of this essay is to spark reflection, to spark discussion, and to spark a re-evaluation of held perspectives that may or may not have pre-existing biases. So, take a shot, or pour yourself a drink, get in a comfortable position (my apologies for the extended length of this paper and my gratitude to those who take the time to read it entirely) and explore the philosophical notions and practical effects of democracy in general and, more specifically, in American Democracy.

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Cortright
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Fri. 5/9 2:45pm
Arcade 2

Shane Blunk

Caves, Flowers, and Epistemology

There is great value in thinking about thinking. This essay explores the relationship between ourselves and the objects of our cognition through a series of metaphors found in Plato's Republic and through Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Through joint consideration, we hope to extract knowledge about our own cognition from the two thinkers.

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Carlile
Pihas
Wed. 5/7 3:00pm
Arcade 02

Austin Bruer

An explanation of the nature of numbers

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Zepeda
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Wed. 3/9 1:30pm
Arcade 02

Natalie Franzini

Experience, reflection, and knowledge in War and Peace

Do we really learn from our experiences? Using Tolstoy's War & Peace this essay addresses man's search for truth and man's tendency to not understand the world around them. Man lives in a world of ideals, but what happens when these ideals do not align with reality?

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Doval
Wed. 3/9 3:00pm
Arcade 02

Jeanne Marie Garcia

Faust in Eden

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Riley
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Tues. 3/8 4:15pm
Arcade 02

Omar Hernandez

The Origins of Govervment

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Tsukahara
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Wed. 5/14 1:30pm
Arcade 02

Somel Jammu

Erotic Love: Moderation through Plato and the Kama Sutra

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Hamm
Doval
Fri. 5/2 2:45pm
Arcade 02

Dolan Kay

The Art of the Muses: Its Beauty, Power, and Excellence

What power does music have over the soul?  To say that a song or piece of music moves our souls, what does this mean?  How does it do so?  This essay aims to explore the nature of music – its definition, characteristics, and impact.  The paper attempts to answer the previous questions using a variety of works including Plato’s Republic and two plays written by William Shakespeare, namely Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night.

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Br. Raphael/Cortright
Fri. 5/2 4:00pm
Arcade 02

Onna-Lisa Kyom

For Cordelia: An Epistolary response to Kierkegaard's The Seducer's Diary from a young Diana

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Fri. 4/25 2:45pm
Arcade 02

Gabriela Michel

Portraits of the Soul

This essay gives a comparative analysis of the arguments and images used in the Upanishads, Plato's Phaedrus and Republic, Aristotle's On the Soul and Ethics, and Freud's Introductory Lectures of Psychoanalysis to discuss the tripartite theories regarding the Atman, ψυχή, and psyche.

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Smith
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Wed. 5/14 3:30pm
Arcade 02

Lucas Nemeth

Becoming Free

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Martinez
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Fri. 5/16 2:30pm
Arcade 02

Shannon O'Leary

Translation and Hidden Symbolism in Literature
Translating texts from one language to another is extremely challenging, especially when the form of the languages differ. Greek, an alphabetical language, and Japanese, a pictorial language, are excellent examples of this challenge. The Greek language is suited toward ideas and concepts and can be translated into English more easily than Japanese, which is more symbolic in nature. Though main ideas can get across when translating pictorial languages, often the finer details are lost.
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Tsukahara
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Tues. 4/22 3:30pm
Arcade 02

Lucas Shimizu

Philosophical Reflections on America's Founding Charter

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Tsukahara
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Wed. 4/30 3:30pm
Arcade 02

Michael Sumner

Fear and loathing in the Peloponnesus

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Tues. 5/13 3:30
Arcade 02