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PHIL 106: Current Moral and Social Issues, Fall 2010 Paper Assignment #2 Due November 5, 2010 Your assignment is to produce a philosophical paper of around 4-5 pages (double spaced) related to one of the topics we have discussed in class. Philosophical papers can take a number of different forms. For instance, 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. Alternatively, you might offer an argument in favor of a particular stance on some issue, remembering to consider and respond to potential criticisms of your argument. Or, you may simply wish to 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. The most important thing to remember in writing a philosophical paper is to be clear and forthright about what you are arguing for. A philosophy paper is not a mystery novel. Present your thesis statement in the introduction, use the body of the paper to expound on your point, and give the reader a recap within the conclusion. It is also important to remember that we are less concerned with what conclusion you draw as we are with the reasoning you use to support it. If you make a contentious claim, be sure to back it up. Your goal is to provide others with reasons to accept your claims. While personal anecdotes can help clarify your thinking on an issue, they don’t really help the reader come to share your position.
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