#1Write on “nothing.”
- How is the concept or notion of “nothing” important to philosophy in general and the philosophy of religion in particular?
- Does “nothing” serve a discernable role that we should take seriously? E.g., of what significance is it for Aquinas? Hint: You may want to begin by looking online at things such as this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing
- Suggested starting strategy: offer a brief etymological background for the term and its various uses throughout history; compare and contrast closely related concepts; explain what you find interesting, annoying, shallow, deep, etc., about “nothing”; respond to the claim that it is merely a “mental game” to keep philosophers and theologians employed and does not have any meaningful use at all.
- You are free to interact with the material as creatively as you see fit, but do so with clarity and precision.
Note: while it is helpful to consider specific philosophers (e.g., Martin Heidegger, who is well-known for having lectured and published on “nothing”), be sure to include your own thoughts and reasons on the matter.
- You are expected to write two, 2300-3000 word essays (excluding endnotes) for this essay.
- Make sure you describe your topic at the beginning of the essay
- Present a clear thesis statement.
- Every idea, argument or fact that is not your own, i.e. derived from another source must be correctly referenced using MLA style.
- Use endnotes rather than footnotes. Google “how to make endnotes” or try here
http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/hickey/ENDNOTE%20FORM.htm#How to Make numbers
- You may use the personal pronoun “I” but avoid “you” and “we” (too general).
- Avoid contractions, e.g. “don’t” or “can’t”. Use “do not” or “cannot”
- DO NOT USE TOO MANY QUOTES AS IT WILL INDICATE PLAGERISM.