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Saunders S OME A DVICE IN W RITING Y OUR P HILOSOPHY P APER 1) Write as if your audience is intelligent but uninformed . Keep in mind that the purpose of your paper is to show me what you know and to demonstrate your ability to think through difficult and thorny moral issues. This means you have to go slowly and be very clear. Write as though you are trying to explain your view to someone who is intelligent, but is unfamiliar with the views and philosophers we have studied. 2) Use the principle of charity . The principle of charity says that, when you are explaining someone else’s argument, you should interpret it in the best possible way (e.g., in a way that does not assume that the author made obvious errors in reasoning, or made obviously incoherent claims). You should always use the principle of charity and you should be especially sure that you are using it when you disagree with a philosopher. Consider how the philosopher you disagree with would respond to your paper. If their response would be “that’s not what I meant,” then you are not using the principle of charity. 3)
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course PHIL 140 taught by Professor ??? during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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