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PHIL 106: Current Moral and Social Issues, Fall 2010 Paper Assignment #3 Due December 15, 2010 Your assignment is to produce a philosophical paper of around 5-6 pages (double spaced) related to one of the topics we have discussed in class. This paper will count for 40% of your overall grade. Philosophical papers can take a number of different forms. You might: present an exposition of an argument that has been put forward for a particular position and then offer a critical assessment of the argument. offer an argument in favor of a particular stance on some issue, remembering to consider and respond to potential criticisms of your argument. clarify what you take to be a confusion within a particular debate; in this case, you might present a distinction and explain how recognizing this distinction can help us better understand the issues involved in the debate. challenge a theory by presenting a hypothetical case about which the theory seems to give the wrong prediction. The most important things to remember in writing a philosophical paper are to be clear and forthright about what you are arguing for, to provide reasons for others to accept the contentious claims you make, and to anticipate and defend your thesis against potential objections.
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