PHI 1000C: Unit 1: Love: Essay Assignment
Prof. Robert Grimwade
Assignment: Write a philosophy paper on any topic related to love (sexuality, the form of
beauty, friendship, universal love of humankind, gender performativity, sexual fluidity,
perversion, etc.) which has been discussed in any text we have read together in Unit 1:
(1) Plato – Symposium
(2) Aristotle – Nicomachean Ethics VIII-IX “Friendship”
(3) Kierkegaard – Works of Love “You Shall Love Your Neighbor”
(4) Beauvoir – The Second Sex “Introduction”
(5) Butler – “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution”
(6) Christina – “Are We Having Sex Now or What?”
(7) Nagel – “Sexual Perversions”
(8) Diamond – Sexual Fluidity “How Does Fluidity Work?”
Due Date: Sunday, February 28, 2015 by Midnight via email to
(Hard copies will not be accepted) [please notice that in my email there is no “e” in
Format: PDF file. Please put your full name in the title of the document: e.g.
Length: Your essay must be a minimum of five (5) full pages, double-spaced Cambria,
Times, Helvetica or other standard font (size 12). There is no maximum length. (Please be
advised: If your paper is longer than ten pages double-spaced, there may be a short delay in
the grading process)
Thesis: Your paper must have a thesis statement. A thesis statement is a sentence or two
that summarizes the position you are taking in the paper.
Argument: You must provide an argument in support of your thesis. (In other words, don’t
just tell me what you believe. Give me some kind of an argument. Try to convince me that
you are right.) If you are writing an exegetical paper for me, your argument will be your
interpretation of the text. (In other words, you can write a paper explaining any of the
topics you have read about.)
Criteria for Grade: In order to do well on this essay, you must show me that you have read
and understood the fundamental idea or ideas in text or texts that you are writing about.
More specifically you should use the following points as a check list:
(1) Does your paper demonstrate a clear understanding of your topic?
(2) Are your arguments and interpretations effective?
(3) Is your writing clear and effective?
(4) Is your paper relevant to the topics discussed in the primary text?
(5) Does your paper show me that you have carefully read and thought about the
(6) Does your paper directly reference the primary text?
(7) Does your paper have a bibliography and in-text citations?
(8) Have you proofread your paper for grammatical errors and other mistakes?
(9) Have you cited all of your sources?
Your grade will NOT be based on the position you take in the paper. You can argue for (or
against) any position regardless of whether I or anyone else agrees with you.
You must demonstrate a significant engagement with and understanding of the text or texts
you are discussing. One effective way to do this is to provide a detailed summary of the
major ideas presented in the text before you prove your point. If you are able to
demonstrate this effectively through other means, by all means do so, but remember, this
cannot just be an opinion piece on the topic, it must include significant portions of direct
textual interpretation.
You are not required to use secondary sources, but if you use them, which I strongly suggest,
you must cite all of your sources.
If you plagiarize the midterm paper, you will fail the course. Please don’t do it!! (Please
note: As stated in the syllabus, your papers may be checked using online plagiarism
software such as
If you use secondary sources they must be academically recognized sources. Do NOT use
Wikipedia, SparkNotes,, blogs, or any other subpar sources. Instead: (1) try to
find print sources in the library, (2) find sources by using a Google books search, and/or (3)
use the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (which is a legitimate academic source). If
you need help finding secondary literature, please contact me.
You will receive your grade and a copy of your paper with comments via email. Your paper
will have MSWord or Acrobat comments embedded.
Good luck!
If problems arise, email me or Max
(If you have an urgent concern, please write “URGENT” in the subject line.)
Internet Resources:
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