Philosophy on violence



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Spencer-Nietzsche/ Weil/ Malick


  1. Briefly explain the philosophies of Spencer/Nietzsche and Simone Weil, as they pertain to the themes of power and weakness.  (roughly 1 page)
  2. You will watch the film “The Tree of Life”, (Link is on D2L) and you will find a scenethat exemplifiesone of the twocontrasting views on power and weakness that we have examined in class. How does this scene conform or differ from the interpretations of power that we have analyzed.  Explain what is happening in this scene, what is being expressed, and how the events in this scene shapes the characters in terms of power relations, i.e., how is mastery or weakness being represented here.  (roughly 2 pages)
  3. You will write a brief critique of one of these two philosophical conception: How is it coherent? Is it logical? What are its inherent problems? Etc… (roughly 1 page)


Essays are to be 5 pages MAXIMUM, and are to be handed in, BY DROPBOX on November 30th by 6 p.m..  Essays will be typed, double-spaced, formatted in Times Roman.  This essay is worth 15%.  ALL ESSAYS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED IN A WORD DOCUMENT FORMAT. NO PDF’S WILL BE ACCEPTED.

If you quote a source, be sure that you indicate that source in your footnotes using the appropriate format (Source name, Book/article name, Volume number, Publishing house, City of Publication, Year:

e.g.: Book   Turner, Alice K. The History of Hell. Harcourt Brace and Company, New York, 1993.

e.g.: ArticleKibier, Arnold. “Roland’s Pride”, in Symposium. Vol. 26, 1992.


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