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This assingment aligns with Learning Outcomes 1, 4 and 5.
The Thematic Synthesis Essay will be based on two of the philosophical works that students have read so far in the course.
The essay should identify and discuss how two philosophers develop a theme presented in the assigned topic (The Ship of Theseus), through use of the philosophical ideas and arguments presented in Modules 3, 4 or 5.
Review Metaphysics: Ship of Theseus from Wikipedia.
Read, research and think about the Ship of Theseus thought exercise. Talk about it with your friends. Hash out all the possible philosophical themes that are addressed or raised.
Then, identify possible Philosophical works that we have read this semester that have addressed a theme present in the ship of Theseus thought exercise. Some examples might be: identity, self, objects through time; immortality of soul; criteria for knowledge; nature of reality; bundle theory; or others.
Next, create a comparison chart to explore how each author develops his/her arguments in support of their respective positions regarding the theme in response to the ship of Theseus.
For example, if you choose Plato and Parmenides and the theme is what is really real, then you might:
- Outline argument of Plato on nature of reality
- Outline argument of Parmenides on nature of reality
- According to these authors, analyze and apply these respective approaches to the question: Which is the true ship, and why?
- Distinguish whether they differ in their interpretations on this issue enough to be significant to discuss in this paper.
Decide whether you agree or not and offer your response. As previously mentioned, students can use the chart as a tool; the information then can be used in the essay