Paper 1 Guidelines
We’ve arrived! Your first paper! It should be 2-3 double-spaced pages (12 Font), following this basic structure:
1. INTRODUCTION: this includes a thesis statement and a lead-in for your reader, briefly explaining what you are going to do in the paper; include a mention of the relevant authors/philosophers (full name) and their relevant works
2. EXPLANATION/BACKGROUND: this includes a clear exposition and explanation of the important arguments/views/ideas that the paper is addressing; this sets the stage for your argument for your thesis
3. ARGUMENT: this is the analytic/philosophic heart of the paper, in which you make your case for your thesis
4. SUMMARY: here you briefly review what you have done in the paper, to wrap it up for your reader
Keep in mind that you are writing for a reader! By the time you get to the composition of your final draft, it all may seem to you like it’s getting old. But remember that it’s new to your reader. Make sure the paper is self-contained so that your reader can follow it without having to go to sources to figure it out. Write for an intelligent person who has not taken a philosophy course. (Pick a favorite friend, for example.)
1.For this topic you want to be sure you’ve seen the movie the Matrix. What is one key philosophical problem presented in the Matrix? Explore how this problem relates to the philosophy of Descartes, Berkeley or Hume (select one of these).
Organize your papers around the given structure. Tell your reader what you will be doing in the paper and introduce the major players, in a short introduction. Take your time! This is not a research paper ~~~ no outside sources, please! Use the bright light of your own intelligence and imagination, our e-Resources and our class Discussions as your primary sources.
These papers should demonstrate the standards for solid analytical college papers, which include good grammar, clear organization utilizing paragraphs, a clearly stated thesis and an argument for that thesis. Formal footnotes aren't necessary. You may give initials of any text and page number, or e-Resource title, in parentheses *after* the sentence.
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||09/11/2015 12:00 am