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2012 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 Jim Smith right away of any problems.
 

Caitlin Batten

Wisdom & Wonder
An investigation into the Kantian, Platonic, and Aristotelian analyses of human consciousness, with a special emphasis on those mental processes involved with science and aesthetic experiences. The goal of this essay is to help us understand how human consciousness manages to reconcile the two major branches of philosophy that often appear to lie in direct opposition, the theoretical (theory) and the practical (practice).

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4pm May 7
Dante 203, the DeSales Perez Room

Isaiah Boise

Death & Transformation: A Reflection on Human Mortality

Using Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel, War and Peace, this paper examines the
life and death of Prince Andrew Bolkonski, with the hope of gaining a better,
deeper, understanding of our own mortality and the effects of death on the
human psyche.

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3pm May 7
Dante 203, the DeSales Perez Room 

 

Thomas Cohen

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Doval

4pm May 14
York Seminar 
 

George Emmons

Tocqueville: The Roles of Government and Citizen
This paper explores the roles of government and citizen through an explication of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville. With Tocqueville's ideas in mind, I outline the benefits and costs of the No Child Left Behind Act and there effect on our American K-12 education system.

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Zepeda

3pm May 9
York Seminar 

Timothy Evans

By Their Fruits You Will Know Them: The Brothers Karamazov In Light of the Parable of the Seed

This paper explores the Brothers Karamazov in light of the parable from St. John's Gospel in which Jesus says, "Unless a grain of wheat fall to the ground and die, it remaineth alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit." Focusing on the titular characters as well as their spiritual counterparts, we will conclude that Dostoevsky intends to show that lives of active love as lived by Alyosha Karamazov and Father Zosima are the most blessed and spiritually fruitful lives.

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3pm May 3 
York Seminar 

Shahar Flemmings

The Life of a Soul

In this paper I discuss the idea of the power of choice by interpreting the chariot analogy in Plato’s dialogue Phaedrus. At the end of the paper, I take a brief look at the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling which began for me a whole discussion of the power of choice.

 

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Riley

3pm May 2 
York Seminar 

Jay Itagaki


Portrait of an Artist as a Young Athlete

The body is often neglected or cast aside in favor of supposedly "higher" pursuits.  But to do so is a mistake.  Through an investigation and critique of several texts, the goal of the paper is to demonstrate the importance of bodily development and physical excellence both in contrast with, and in conjunction with, its parallels in the intellect.

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4pm May 4
York Seminar 
 

Anna Johnson


The Human Person: A Comparison of Aquinas and Descartes

The object of this essay is to bring to light the contrast of the divergent positions
of Descartes and Aquinas on the unity of a human being.

 

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Cortright

3pm May 4
York Seminar 
 

Ashley Kerner

Proving God Exists
Philosophers are always attempting to out do each others proofs for the existence of God.  This essay analyzes and compares the proofs written by Anselm, Aquinas and Descartes.

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4pm May 2
York Seminar 

 

Jacquelyn Liberty


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4pm May 8
Dante 203, the DeSales Perez Room

 

Amanda Marquez

Pulling a Classic

In Aristotle’s Metaphysics book XII the idea of an unmoved mover is examined. Throughout this examination Aristotle gives us an image of a being that is prior to and superior to all things, and which then must be responsible for the beginning of all things. Relationships between eternity, time and motion are established that can be used to create a link between man and this unmoved mover. Based upon these relationships I will be interpreting what I believe to reasonably follow and will then propose my own assumptions as to how the relationships ultimately establish a connection between the prime mover and man through thought

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Zepeda

4pm May 9
York Seminar 

Gregory Oertel

The Cause of Creation
The creation of the universe is topic often debated, but its significance is often ignored. This essay uses Genesis and Plato's Timaeus to show the impact of the creation. These accounts explore man's relationship with the universe, man's relationship with his fellow man, and man's relationship to God. By doing so, they are works of complete philosophy.

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Cortright

3pm May 8
Dante 203, the DeSales Perez Room 

Christian Tineo

Happiness is a Warm Gun: The Alpha and Omega of Human Purpose
We all search for the greatest good for our greatest happiness. Where the answers are found is hard to pinpoint but an analysis assisted by Aristotle, Vico, and Tolstoy, helps clear the air. The first and final purpose of humanity is explored, and found!

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3pm May 14
York Seminar 

Joseph Wright

An Apology for Mythology


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Carlile

4pm May 3
York Seminar