Declaration of Independence
1. The Declaration of Independence refers to the pursuit of happiness.'' Should the word ''pleasure'' be substituted for ''happiness''? Why/why not? Explain your answer.(half page, 125 words)
2.The American author Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden that:
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.
(underline words: love wisdom / live according to its dictates/ simplicity, independence /magnanimity /trust/solve some of the problems of life.)
The underlined words reflect components of what Thoreau might see as a “worthy” or “beautiful” life (even for those who don’t wish to be philosophers).
Which of Thoreau’s words–if any–would you omit in your definition of a beautiful life? What words or ideas would you add? Please explain your answer.
(half page, 125words)
Walden on the Attachments
PLEASE, read the Walden then answer.
From Charles Lipson, Doing Honest in College (Chicago, 2004), p. 33:
"Citation rules follow from these basic principles of openness and honesty. If the words are someone else's, they must be clearly marked as quotations, either by quotation marks or block indentation, followed by [immediate] citations . . . If it's a paraphrase of someone else's words, use your own language, not a close imitation of the work being cited, and include a proper reference."
You may encounter different course-specific citation methods. Please follow them. If in doubt, please ask the instructor.
For more detailed discussion of ways to avoid plagiarism, see The Harvard Guide to Using Sources. Here are two suggestions from the Harvard Guide that merit special attention:
"Don't cut and paste: File and label your sources
Never cut and paste information from an electronic source straight into your own essay, and never type verbatim sentences from a print source straight into your essay. Instead, open a separate document on your computer for each source so you can file research information carefully."
Don't save your citations for later
Never paraphrase or quote from a source without immediately adding a citation.
Good advice is also available from the Purdue writing lab. For example:
Reading and Note-Taking
In your notes, always mark someone else's words with a big Q, for quote, or use big quotation marks
Indicate in your notes which ideas are taken from sources with a big S, and which are your own insights (ME)
When information comes from sources, record relevant documentation in your notes (book and article titles; URLs on the Web)
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