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PHIL 230 Spring 2009 Midterm Assignment Your paper should be 3-5 pages, double-spaced, normal margins and font.   Select one of the readings we have covered in class up until the day the midterm is due (March 30). The first section of your paper (1-2 pages) is an exegesis. An exegesis is a summary and explanation of the text. In this section you will tell me, in your own words, the point the philosopher is trying to make, and the arguments he offers in favor of this point. It is often helpful, when preparing this, to write down the argument as a series of premises and the conclusion that follows from these premises. For the second part of the paper (2-3 pages), your job is to evaluate that argument. You should tell me whether it is a convincing argument and explain why it is convincing. This section should have a clear thesis statement of 25 words or fewer. It should be absolutely clear to the reader what your thesis is. An example is: “Kant’s view that a judgment of beauty is based in a feeling of pleasure cannot be correct because it does not explain all judgments of beauty.” The rest of your paper should go to showing us exactly why your thesis is true. There is no special philosophical magic to writing this section. Are you persuaded by the philosopher’s argument? If
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2009 for the course PHIL phil256 taught by Professor Darden during the Spring '09 term at Maryland.

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