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Unformatted text preview: In one page, lay out Rachels’ argument in “The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism” as clearly and convincingly as possible. The aim here is to present the author’s argument in its strongest, most ­difficult ­to ­refute form. This assignment is due Wednesday, Feb 2. In the course of doing this you should be sure to: • Make clear what the argument’s conclusion is, and what its premises are. • Make it clear how the argument works – make it clear why the conclusion follows from the premises. • Explain any technical terms, tricky concepts, or ambiguous vocabulary. • Use your own words. You can quote Rachels, or me, or your TA, if it’s helpful in presenting the argument clearly. But if you do, you should also explain the ideas in your own words. • Relatedly: You can use the version of the argument I presented in class (though you certainly don’t have to). Just make sure that you explain carefully just how the argument works. This assignment is primarily intended to be an opportunity to practice the skill of extracting an argument from a paper, and presenting it clearly, in its strongest form. So for purposes of this assignment, you do not need to: • Include any place ­setting of the form, “since the dawn of time, philosophers have been vexed by the question of…”, etc. Just jump in to explaining the argument. • Say whether or not the argument succeeds. • Talk about objections to the argument. • Say whether or not the conclusion of the argument is true. • Freak out about whether you’ve discovered the unique right way to understand the argument. There are almost always a lot of different, equally good ways to extract and condense the argument out of a paper. ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 252 taught by Professor Egan during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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