2015 Senior Essays

 

2015 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.

Evans Attwell

The Secular Salvation of a Godless Man
In Goethe's Faust, a sinful man denied the cross, unhappy and unsatisfied with life. The Devil cam knocking, offering a simple exchange; a soul for a single moment of joy. The man accepted, but the Devil was denied, for the man was saved, as he had used the powers of Hell to make a new Eden on Earth.

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Cobeen
Tsukahara
Wed. 4/15 1pm
Arcade 01

Cameron Billon

All Ye Need to Know

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Smith
TBA
Mon. 5/11 1pm
Arcade 02

Michael Gonzalez

Proportional Philosophers
Nature and Philosophy, it can't get any better. Combine the two? Well, now you've got something even more Beautiful! Within this ink, we will move through a genealogy of natural philosophy with two proportional philosophers as the main focus, Plato and Newton. By examining the commensurability of Plato's Timaeus and Newton's Principia, I hope to identify philosophical propositions underlying the dialogue that find themselves actualized in Newton's own mathematical principles of the natural world.

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Zepeda/Christo
Cobeen
Fri. 4/17 1pm
Arcade 02 (York Seminar Room)

Patrick Harrington

Dreaming of Justice
The Odyssey is a journey that takes place both in Odysseus' dreams and in our minds. But what does his journey show about his growth as a character?

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Martinez
Pihas
Mon. 5/4 1pm
Arcade 02

Jack Kinser

The Redemption of a Sceptic
Faust is saved from the brutal sins he commits but is never faithful in the idea of God or religion. He remains weary in the existence of God and begins to try new fleshy activities offered by the devil, Mephisto. What is this new redemption Faust acquires? What is Goethe trying to say about Faust's redemption?

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Carlile
Fri. 5/8 1pm
Arcade 02

Sharon Otis

Equilibrated: Life, the universe and everything
Science, philosophy, and religion. All three look for and posit explanations of how things come to be. While those explanations are continually refined throughout the ages, one thing remains constant. Whatever account of whatever object, its existence depends on the constant equilibration of its parts both within itself and with its surroundings.

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Br. Raphael
Fri. 4/24 1pm
Arcade 01

Katie McCollam

Plato as the Demiurge: Director of the Dialogues
We often admire, respect, and look up to the "expert" on the subject at hand, but that most likely will hinder us from questioning the "truth" from such a source. In this paper, I want to examine how readers must engage in a process of reading, thinking, experiencing, and questioning before coming to an understanding about the topic at hand. We will take a close look at Plato's Cratylus, as well as other of his dialogues where we find Plato's recurring theme.

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Martinez
Cobeen
Mon. 5/6 1pm
Arcade 01

Kelsey Nestor

Dante’s Journey Towards Fulfillment
On Dante's journey towards fulfillment, he encounters temptations within philosophy that steer him from his path of theology. But, what happens when theology and philosophy are able to co-exist on his true path? When comparing Dante's works to Plato's, this coexistence proves to be possible and beneficial along Dante's journey.

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Doval
Mon. 4/27 1pm
Arcade 01

Andrew Nguyen

Seeking Truth: Pistis and Episteme, Faith and Knowledge
The philosopher who finds enlightenment by breaking free from the chains of Plato's Cave finds himself returning back into the cave to share his new insight. But if all they ever knew were the shadows of the cave, would they believe him? In the Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant denies knowledge in order to make room for faith. But why? In a search for Truth, this essay will explore the development of knowledge by bringing together Plato and Kant, as well as the relationship between faith and knowledge.

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Tsukahara
Fri. 5/15 1pm
Arcade 01

Matthew Nobriga

Huck’s Choice: On the Relation Between Ethics and Religion
Religion and Ethics: there is a commonality of the two ideas that is obvious yet subtle. To gain some understanding of the relationship between the two, this essay will use Plato, the Bible, and Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to unravel the complicated nature of these concepts. I encourage anyone interested in human morality and investigations of theological implications to attend.

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Zepeda
Smith
Fri. 5/1 1pm
Arcade 02

Rex Rafanelli

From Descartes to Kant: Mathematics, Certainty and the World
This essay examines the question of how mathematics possesses certainty. We take up this question from the viewpoint of Descartes and Kant. There's much to be seen as we follow the common thread of mathematics through the development of these philosophers' ideas. Who knew that the implications would be so far reaching? Bringing us to see the surprising nature of not only mathematics, but also space, time and the world as we can know it.

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Cortright
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Wed. 5/13 1pm
Arcade 01

John Stewart

"Incomprehensible but all-important"
Tolstoy's War and Peace is a long and  complicated depiction of how the brutality war effects men. This is most apparent in Prince Andrew as he struggles through life in the midst of a great war. In this essay I will investigate how Andrew grows in response to the brutal realities of war and adapts his own expectations of fulfillment.

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Doval
Tsukahara
Mon. 4/20 1pm
Arcade 01