Project #21206 - Term Paper

Final Paper Assignment

Length: 5-7 pages, typed, double-spaced, with standard margins and font size. 11-12 pt Calibri and Times New Roman are always safe choices. (If you try to use wide margins and spacing and a large font to make a short paper look longer, I will notice and it will impact your grade.)

 

The paper should address the theme of “the examined life” as you think it applies to the authors we have read this semester. You must discuss Russon and either Plato or Descartes. (Please don’t try to talk about all three—you will not have enough space in the paper to do a good job.) This theme allows for many different possible approaches, but here are some questions you might use as a focus for your paper:

·         Which aspects of reality does philosopher X wish to examine more closely?

·         What are the typical ways in which we are mistaken about reality, according to philosopher X, and what are the consequences of these mistakes?

·         What methods for examining reality does philosopher X recommend and/or demonstrate? (Do these methods seem feasible and productive?)

·         What do we stand to gain by examining reality as philosopher X recommends? (Do you think he is right?)

·         Ultimately, whose vision of the examined life do you find most helpful, and why?

You don’t need to answer all of these questions in your paper, but a good paper will probably address at least one or two of them.

IMPORTANT: A note concerning citation

In order to write a good paper, you will need to include at least one or two direct references to the text. You may also, if necessary, include references to sources other than the texts we have studied. Regardless of your source, be sure to cite it appropriately. Failure to cite may be construed as plagiarism (and may result in zero credit for the paper).

I will accept any of the standard styles of citation (e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA).

 

Keep in mind that the bulk of the paper should be written in your own words: direct quotes and close paraphrases should make up no more than 20% of the total word count. As a rule, for every sentence you quote, you should include a sentence of your own explaining the significance of the quotation. The quoted material should provide support for your own argument; it cannot replace your own argument. 

 

 

Note from student:

The readings she's reffering to:

Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, Crito
Descartes's Discourse on Method
Russon's Human Experience

I don't want an A+ paper, I just want something that sounds like it would come from a Sophomore in college. You can make errors, you can say incorrect things, just make it sound like it comes from a kid who has no interest/talent in philosophy.

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/13/2014 12:00 am
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