Project #82578 - philosophy paper

Paper 2 Guidelines We’ve moving along! Your second paper! It should be 2-3 double-spaced pages (12 Font, in Word or Pages), 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.)

Here are some topic suggestions:

1. Evaluate Searle's view that it is impossible for a purely digital computer to think? Be sure to clearly explain the Chinese Room thought experiment and how it plays a central role in his argument.

2. Nagel holds that we can never know what it's like for the bat to be a bat. He thinks what it is like for a bat to be a bat is forever inaccessible to science. Does this mean that human minds are forever inaccessible to science? Explain Nagel's basic view before you set off on your exploration.

3. Dennett and Chalmers hold opposing views about the nature of consciousness. Explain their differences in an organized way. Who is right? Neither? Defend your view.

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! 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. I recommend that you have someone read and comment on your penultimate draft. Feel free to exchange drafts with classmates.

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/25/2015 12:00 am
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