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Category: Philosophy : Philosophy

How do Buddhist philosophical ideas inform and shape this particular practice?”

Instructions
For this paper, I want you to pick an aspect of Buddhist practice and discuss the role played by Buddhist philosophical ideas in the development of that practice.  The contemporary practice you select can be one we discuss in class (ex: feeding the dead, meditating in caves, or educating nuns), or it can be one your research on your own.  In all cases, I want you to ask and answer the question: “How do Buddhist philosophical ideas inform and shape this particular practice?”
The goal of this paper is for you to explore how religious practices develop as philosophical are implemented in real-world situations. Depending on the particular practice you select, you may find that these philosophical ideas have played only a small role.  Or you may find that the practice you select is driven almost entirely by Buddhist philosophical notions, with the cultural context playing only a minor part.  Once again, more details will be provided in class.
Some definitions:
Practice: something that people DO.  For instance, spinning prayer wheels is a practice.  So is meditating, and so is chanting.
Philosophical idea: something that people THINK.  For instance, impermanence is a Buddhist philosophical idea.  So are ideas about enlightenment, and so is karma.  But meditating is not a philosophical idea (at least, if you think it is you need to be prepared to argue the point!).
As with your first paper, it is important that this paper maintains a critical perspective.  That is, it is not enough to give me a bunch of details about some Buddhist philosophical idea and some form of Buddhist practice.  Instead, you need to focus on analyzing what you uncover, so that the final paper represents your own original thought process.  This analysis must then be crystalized in a clear thesis, or argument.  You must, in other words, present your own argument / answer to the question “How do Buddhist philosophical ideas inform and shape this particular practice?”
Submission Details
The final paper should conform to normal academic standards, including: 12 point font, double spaced, 1 inch margins. Please make sure you cite your sources and include a bibliography (I prefer Chicago style, but if you prefer MLA that is acceptable as well). And you should definitely make sure you have a title.
Beyond these technical aspects, it is almost always best for you to follow traditional academic essay structure. This means that your essay should have an opening paragraph, with a clear thesis at the end of that opening paragraph (not somewhere else!) Then several paragraphs in the body, each of which makes a clear point in support of your overall thesis and each of which backs up that point with evidence. Finally, your paper should have a conclusion in which you recap the arguments made over the course of the paper, restating your thesis in the process.
You may find this structure constraining, or feel that you can do something more creative. Most of the time, however, attempts to modify this essay structure are not effective, so while I want you to be creative, I also want to encourage you to stick to this traditional format. If you feel like you have a really great idea for a paper organized in a different way, please feel free to write to me and explain your idea.

John is a middle aged executive for a small company. They treat him well, but, u

John is a middle aged executive for a small company. They treat him well, but, unfortunately, cannot pay what he believes he is worth. Recently, he applied to a large international corporation for an executive position. After a phone interview, which went well, the prospect employer set up an interview at their corporate offices. They then e-mailed John a series of questions which would be part of their second interview.  Surprisingly, there were several questions as to what  cable television news shows he regularly watches and the magazines and/or subscriptions he receives either online or through the mail.
John considers himself an independent and does not belong to any one party. He, however, favors cable news shows that are considered liberal and receives an online subscription to The New Republic and New Yorker. If he admits to this information, he worries he will be “painted” as a liberal, a radical, or at least an intellectual. Although this information should NOT be important to his future job, the company would not ask these questions unless they had a reason for this information.
Therefore, John decides to lie to the interviewing committee and indicate he rarely watches cable news shows and mostly watches the sports networks and the movie channel with his wife.
Is John’s conduct wrong? Is it unethical to lie to obtain employment when you know the provided information will not affect your work product? After he is hired, should he “confess” he watches some cable news shows?
What do you do? What are your choices?

Is it unethical to lie to obtain employment when you know the provided information will not affect your work product?

John is a middle aged executive for a small company. They treat him well, but, unfortunately, cannot pay what he believes he is worth. Recently, he applied to a large international corporation for an executive position. After a phone interview, which went well, the prospect employer set up an interview at their corporate offices. They then e-mailed John a series of questions which would be part of their second interview.  Surprisingly, there were several questions as to what  cable television news shows he regularly watches and the magazines and/or subscriptions he receives either online or through the mail.
John considers himself an independent and does not belong to any one party. He, however, favors cable news shows that are considered liberal and receives an online subscription to The New Republic and New Yorker. If he admits to this information, he worries he will be “painted” as a liberal, a radical, or at least an intellectual. Although this information should NOT be important to his future job, the company would not ask these questions unless they had a reason for this information.
Therefore, John decides to lie to the interviewing committee and indicate he rarely watches cable news shows and mostly watches the sports networks and the movie channel with his wife.
Is John’s conduct wrong? Is it unethical to lie to obtain employment when you know the provided information will not affect your work product? After he is hired, should he “confess” he watches some cable news shows?
What do you do? What are your choices?

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