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Phil 1010 Essay 2 Directions and Grading Grid Bittrich, Fall 09 Essay 2 is the best assessment of your critical thinking skills in this class . The overall purpose is to see how well you can apply the skills we are learning. You will be expected on your second essay not only to display the foundational skills we learned in the first part of the semester but also the particular skills we will learn with respect to each argument type in chapters 5,9,12, (possibly chapters 11 and 10). Thus, the argument you standardize will be presented as one of the types we cover during this second half of the course (deductive, analogical, moral, causal, statistical). You should standardize and evaluate the argument according to its specific type or types. Directions: (these directions match-up closely with the grid I will use for assessment as it appears below): 1. Introductory paragraph identifying the author, source, stating your thesis near the end of this paragraph. Provide a brief overview of Coretta Scott King’s argument. The overview can be as little as a few sentences or as much as three paragraphs. 2. By thesis statement, I mean that you should include a statement with the words, “In this paper, I will argue that Coretta Scott King’s argument for _____ should be or not be accepted by ____ .” 3. Standardize the argument. Make sure that the standardization takes one of the forms from Chapter 5, 9, or 12 (or 10 or 11). This is one of the important ways the Essay 2 is different than the first essay. For example, if you take the main argument to be a moral argument, the standardization will have only two premises in the main argument and these will take a general form. 4. Evaluate the argument. This should be the longest part of your paper. In general you need to consider: • Are there any interesting choices you’ve made in standardizing? (Sub-Arg.s/U.P.s/U.C.’s) •For each argument is it deductive or inductive? •Good Form Test: Validity/Strength (with variable replacement) •True Premises Test •Final Evaluation: Soundness/Cogency •Critical Suggestion Remember that each chapter (and argument type) has provided more specific ways to carry out a given test. That is, you must apply the tests in light of the special set of evaluation skills particular to your argument type.
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