Ideally, the paper should be submitted as a file in RTF or Microsoft Word format.

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Phil 2581 Final Paper
 
 
Length: 2000-2500 (double spaced, 12 pt font)
 
Instructions
 

  1. Submit this paper through the Dropbox feature of the course. To access this,

click on Dropbox in the grey, horizontal menu near the top of the screen.
 

  1. Ideally, the paper should be submitted as a file in RTF or Microsoft Word

format. Please do not submit files in WordPerfect (.wpd) or Microsoft Works
(.wps) format since I will have a hard time opening these files. If you use one of
these programs, please convert your file to RTF or Word format. You should also
avoid PDF files since I need to be able to insert comments into your paper.
 

  1. Please include your name in the title of the file you submit (i.e., the file should be called something like “JohnSmithEthicsPaper.doc”).

 
Topic
Please do one of the following questions (either Paper Topic 1 or Paper Topic 2)

Paper Topic 1: What is a documentary film? Discuss with reference to TWO of the following theorists:
– Gilberto Perez
– Andre Bazin
– Trevor Ponech
– Roland Barthes
– Jean Baudrillard
You may write on a documentary of your own choosing. You may reference Fahrenheit 9-11 and/or Nanook of the North but if you write on this topic you must watch a documentary of your own choosing and use it as the main example in your paper.
Some questions you may want to consider within the scope of your paper:

Is a documentary objective?
Does a documentary give us access to “reality”?
How is a documentary film valuable to society/dangerous to society (as propaganda, as visual lies (Perez), etc)?
What is the difference between fiction and non-fiction?
 or
Paper Topic 2. With reference to Cronenberg’s film eXisTenz or Antonioni’s Blow-Up, discuss ONE of the following theorists. Make reference to Plato’s theory of art as mimesis (i.e. art as a representation of an original) Please note: I would like you to focus most of your attention on Barthes or Baudrillard and use Plato as a point of comparison.
– Roland Barthes
– Jean Baudrillard
Some questions you may want to consider within the scope of your paper:
Is there an “original” to which an image somehow “corresponds?”
Barthes highlights the importance of language is all aspects of culture and society (including film) Significance?
What is the significance of Barthes’ claim that the relationship between sign and signified is “ambiguous”?
What is Barthes approach to “realism”? Why does he consider it a “myth”?
“To give a text an author is to impose a limit on that text, to furnish it with a final signified, to close that text”. Significance?
For Baudrillard/Barthes, what is the “postmodern” relationship between culture and nature?
What, according to Baudrillard, is the “hyperreal”? What is the “simulacrum”?
How does consumer society provide a “precession of simulacrum”?
For Baudrillard what is the significance of “Disneyland”? Do you agree with his claims?
 
Paper Structure
 
You are writing on two theorists and at least one film. It is important to distinguish between the exegesis (your explanation of the theory in question) and your criticism (your own thoughts on the theory in question). In higher level philosophy courses, papers usually try to combine the “exegesis” and the “critique” and if you would like to do that it’s fine. As this is a second year course and some of you are getting used to writing papers at the university level for the first time, I offer the following structural guideline:
1. Intro paragraph with thesis statement

  1. Lay out the main issues/questions you are interested in exploring (see “questions you may want to consider in the scope of your paper” above, making sure that the questions you want to explore have something to do w the theorists you choose.)
  2. Exegesis or Explanation of the first theorist in question (with examples from the film you choose)
  3. Exegesis or Explanation of the second theorist in question (with examples from the film you choose)
  4. Comparison of the two
  5. Further hypothesis or elucidation on one or both theorists, with evidence to back up what you’re saying!

Here is a loose breakdown of how I will be marking the paper:
 

  1. How well written is the paper? That is, are words spelled correctly? Do the

sentences in the paper make sense? This will be worth perhaps 10 points out of
100.
 

  1. Is the paper well structured? That is, is the paper organized in a coherent well

thought out matter? This will be worth perhaps 15 points out of 100.
 

  1. How well is the argument explained? This will be worth perhaps 50 points out

of 100.
 

  1. How well did you criticize/defend the argument? How original is the criticism/defence? This will be worth perhaps 25 points out of 100.

 
There is no specific requirement for background research or references for this assignment. Use as many (or as few) sources as you feel comfortable with.
 
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If you want to use the online service you must allow for a 48 hour turnaround on business days.
 
 

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