Project #44302 - philosophy

1.     Present an argument

 

a.       Select a passage that confuses you. Or choose a particularly difficult passage you want to break down, or explicate:  Why does it confuse you? Try to make sense of what the author is talking about. 

                                                               i.      Identify and explain every part of the argument, and

                                                             ii.      Explain how the philosopher’s conclusion follows from her/his premises;

                                                           iii.      Explain the premises and why s/he thinks they are right, and why others would accept they are right (heart of philosophy). Really explain yourself and give answers to the why question – why do people take the positions they do? Why things are happening? Don’t give a running snapshot – explain why s/he says X – to avoid running into problem Y, etc. EXPLAIN and show you understand what the underlying reasons are. 

 

b.      References and quotations:  DO NOT just show THAT someone is saying something – put it in your own words and cite passage page or reference numbers.  Avoid using quotations without explaining them – or we don’t know if you understand. – IF it is necessary to have the text in front of me because you are making a point about it –quote it, then explain it.

 

2.      Consider an objection, Come up with a really strong objection – as strong as possible – (this is challenging) – OR – If you think her/his argument is good, what would smart people think of as objection to this argument? – OR – show that this argument is obviously flawed.

 

3.      Give a response – It is easy to object – but hard to come up with a response. Try to think in different perspectives, for example, “Normally I’d think this is a bad argument, but S is so smart, s/he could think of a response to my objection. Can I think of that response?”  Can you think differently than your natural inclinations?

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Make sure to identify and explain:

·         The key issues that are related to the topic and discussed in the passage.

·         The fundamental philosophical terms and concepts associated with your topic and are discussed.

·         The key teachings and methods of the philosophical figure and tradition you read about in the passage and discuss.

Also:

·         Be clear, careful, and correct –Your audience is your roommate.  Assume your roommate has never taken a philosophy class before; can s/he follow along in the paper and know what is happening?  Think it through.  In general avoid technical terms and jargon, or explain what they mean if you must.

·         Use the Analytic and Critical Questions on your own essay to check it

·         Read the whole assignment, and

·         Do every piece of the assignment!

 

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/31/2014 03:00 pm
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