Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy - Introduction to Philosophy...

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Introduction to Philosophy Prof. Mitzi Lee The aim of writing a philosophy paper is to explain a philosophical problem, examine and explain a proposed solution to that problem, and then to evaluate the solution in your own words, and explain why you think it is or is not successful. You should have a clear grasp of the issue and the arguments you intend to explain, and you should write a clear and careful analysis of those issues. Your assignment is to write a paper on one of the following three topics. The paper should be at least 1750 words (=5 pages), typed, double-spaced, with margins no larger than 1.5 inches and a printer font no larger than 12 point, and no extra spacing between paragraphs. Your name, the title of your paper, and the word count of your paper should be printed on a separate cover sheet stapled to your paper. Each page of your paper should be numbered. The paper is due in class, Wednesday September 22, 2004. You have two weeks to write the paper; if you start working on it now, you will have enough time to consult one of us if you have any problems or questions and to revise and polish it further. Late papers without pre-approved extensions will automatically be marked down 1/3 of a grade for each late day. You must ask Itir Gunes for an extension. Extensions after the papers are due will be granted only in exceptional cases (certifiable medical emergencies). Follow the instructions for the paper topics carefully. Make sure that you answer all the questions listed under your paper topic. Follow the instructions in the handout "How to Write a Philosophy Paper." You do not need to use secondary sources for this paper; just do the reading and think about the issues by yourself. Paper topic no. 1: What is determinism, and why does it present a problem for thinking that we are responsible for our actions? Compare the Stoics' and Epicurus' attempts at solving this problem. Whose solution do you think is more successful, and why? Your paper should do the following: 1) Explain the problem and say why it's interesting. 2) Explain the Stoics' solution. 3) Explain the Epicureans' solution. 4) One might think that Epicureans' solution is better than the Stoics'. Why? 5) One might think that the Stoics' solution is better than the Epicureans'. Why? 6) Which solution do you think is more successful, and why? Paper topic no. 2: What is the problem of divine foreknowledge? Why does it present a problem for our responsibility for our actions? Compare Alexander of Aphrodisias' and Boethius' solutions to this problem. Whose solution do you think is more successful, and why? Your paper should do the following: 1) Explain the problem and say why it's interesting. 2) Explain Alexander's solution.
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