Final Writing Assignment Instructions
Write a 4-6 page (typed, double spaced, 1000-1400 words) paper that completes both of the following steps. The paper is due on Ilearn at the end of the exam week. Late papers will lose 1/2 letter grade for every day they are late.
The syllabus has info on how the papers are graded. There is a link at the top of our Ilearn page about how to write “Philosophical Argument Reconstructions” that will help you write good philosophy papers.
Write a brief (2-2.5 pages) exegesis of one of the philosophical theories listed below. An “exegesis” is just an explanation that uses simple terms, illustrative examples, and points out aspects of the idea being explained. When writing an exegesis use your own words. Imagine that you are speaking or writing to a friend who knows only a little about philosophy and that friend needs to understand the concept you are writing about. Be careful that you do not commit plagiarism in this section of your paper. Note that you do not need to do -and in many cases should avoid doing- any research outside of reading the textbook. When you do refer to the ideas in the textbook, cite them in APA style.
Libertarianism (about Free Will)
Descartes’ Cogito Ergo Sum argument
Russell’s theory about appearance and reality
Hobbes’ Social Contract Theory
Rawls’ Theory of Distributive Justice
Iris Marion Young’s theory of oppression
Taylor’s argument that life is objectively meaningless
Sartre’s theory of Existentialism
Write a brief criticism of the theory you explained. Your criticism can come entirely from your own mind, from things I said in class, or from things other authors said in our textbook. But if you refer to other authors’ criticisms and agree with them, make sure to say why you agree and make sure to properly cite your sources using APA format.
Please use simple word and good introduction.
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