Project #28201 - Analyzing arguments

Paper Guidelines: Introduction to Ethics

Analyzing arguments and writing papers about them. 
 

Philosophers construct and critique arguments.

  
Arguments have: premises that GIVE REASONS FOR  conclusions

     Whatever topic you decide to write on, you need to think about the arguments that the author you are examining presents. What conclusions do they draw? What premises do they offer for the conclusions that they endorsing? Answering these questions should be central to the analysis  conducted in your paper. If you are answering a series of questions you need to identify all the arguments and subarguments invovled in answering your questions.

     If you wish to criticize an author's arguments you first need to show that you understand the author's arguments on the author's own terms. How do you do this? To show that you understand an author's arguments explain the special terms they use. Define the terms they use, and be quite clear yourself about the terms you use to explain the author's arguments. Try to define and explain the concepts the author you are discussing uses. These two items are quite important in your discussion because you can use them as a guide to make sure that you are sticking to the topic you are writing on. Carefully defining terms and concepts can help you see the internal consistency within an author's argument(s).

     While it is always possible that an author doesn't fully support the conclusion(s) that they are endorsing, for the most part the authors we are reading do support their conclusions. You should stay focused on the idea that the major purpose of this assignment is to me that you understand the arguments of the author you are analyzing.

     When you write, write in complete sentences. Link your sentences to one another, and link your paragraphs together. You should stay focused on clarity of expression in all your written assignments. To perform a thorough and complete analysis you should aim at producing an item that has at least the following structure.

1. INTRODUCTION

     Should give a roadmap of what your paper will accomplish.

2. ANALYSIS

     Give a detailed analysis of the topic you have selected for discussion.

3. CONCLUSION

     Offer some concluding remarks with respect to what you feel has been accomplished in your analysis. 

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 04/24/2014 11:00 am
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