Since this is information that may be relevant to your decisions about the 3rd optional quiz, and since you all may not have been there at the beginning of the semester when I went over grading, here is the grading scale for the course:

Grades are based on a 10 point scale as follows:

90-100 - 'A' range (97-100 = A+; 94-96=A; 90-93=A-); 80-89  - 'B' range (87-89 = B+; 84-86=B; 80-83=B-);

70-79  - 'C' range (77-79 = C+; 74-76=C; 70-73=C-); 60-69  - 'D' range (67-69 = D+; 64-66=D; 60-63=D-).

Below 60 - 'F'.

Have a great winter break!

  - Michael Kagan


PHL 303-03

Fall, 2012

Optional Quiz 3, due Wednesday, December 12, 2012

As indicated on the syllabus,  you will have an opportunity to take three short take-home quizzes, which together will count for 50% of your grade, and

These will be handed out at least 4 days before they are due.  Late quizzes will receive a 15% grading penalty for each day they are late.  Unless otherwise indicated, please complete the quiz in less than 500 words.  All work, except in-class writings, is to be typed.  Quizzes are to be turned in on the date due with a copy emailed to me at  In addition to the file attachment, please paste the text of your answers into your message. (Syllabus)

You can take this exam alone or as part of a group (please keep group numbers at four or less). If you do this as a group, please turn in one exam with every member's name on it, making sure every member of your group has a copy. When you revise your essay, try to make sure that what you have written demonstrates your knowledge of the texts, lectures, and issues.  Indicate your sources, including class notes, and conversations with fellow students.

If you do the exam as a group, for every member of the group who is to receive credit for your exam, please add indicate that group member's contribution(s). Answer one of the following questions.

1. If you tried to live according to the teaching of I and Thou what would you have to do?

2. If you lived according to the Tao Te Ching, what would you have to do?

3.  What are at least two things the Tao Te Ching says about love in the context of education or politics?

By or before the due date of Wednesday, December 12, 2012, email a copy of your exam to me at  If you are having problems with your email, please bring a copy of your exam to my office (RH428).