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PHILOSOPHY 104, FALL 2011: ETHICAL THEORIES TOPICS FOR PAPER #1 NOTE: Try to avoid plot summaries, and to argue for a point of view. When you attribute a specific claim to one of the philosophers you are discussing, remember to provide a textual citation or brief quotation to back it up (page references may given in parentheses in the text). Some papers submitted for this course may be made available (in an anonymous form) to other enrolled students via bSpace, as examples of (both successful and unsuccessful) philosophical writing. If you are not willing to have your paper used in this way, please state this explicitly on the first page of the paper. Essays should be 5 pages long, typed and double-spaced—about 1,375-1,500 words. They are due at the beginning of class on Monday, September 21. 1. Discuss Hobbes’s argument that the state of nature is a state of war of all against all. What assumptions about human nature contribute most significantly to Hobbes’s argument? Is Hobbes
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