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The Philosophy of Wisdom

Sources for citing:

Plato, The Last Days of Socrates, trans. Hugh Tredennick and Harold Tarrant (London: Penguin, 2003). ISBN 0140449280 List Price: 11.95

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (Harperperennial, 1998). ISBN 0060929871. List Price: 11.00

Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings (New York: Bantam, 1983). ISBN 055321246X. List Price: 4.95

Viktor E. Frankl, Man?s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy (New York: Touchstone, 1984). ISBN 0671244221. List Price: 11.00

Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture, trans. Gerald Malsbary (1999). ISBN 1-890318-35-3. List Price: 17.00

Essay Question:

Final paper. This paper is due by midnight on Wednesday of the final week of class. (This is due to the University’s strict requirement for reporting of final grades.) The paper should be no longer than 1000 words. In it you should revisit your answer to the question of Week 1: ?What is wisdom?? How has your view changed since the beginning of the course? Why? Of the views that we studied in detail (Socrates, Thoreau, Huxley, Pieper, and Frankl), whose seems to be the most reasonable? Why? Whose seems to be the least reasonable? Why? Please submit your essay by e-mail directly to the professor using the classroom e-mail site, either by typing or “pasting” it to your e-mail message. Please do not “attach” it. You will receive feedback by e-mail.

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