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1 Philosophy Papers Guidelines – Phil 105 13 – Spring, 2011 Assignment: One paper in which you argue for a thesis about a philosophical issue in an area of philosophical controversy. Due dates: Prospectus due 3/1. First draft due 4/5. Final draft due 5/3. Paper Length and Format: The length is to be etween 2,000 – 2,500 words. Use 12-point font, New York Times, double-spaced. Number your pages. Topics: Choose one issue within an area of philosophical controversy. For example: There are several different types of arguments on both sides of the controversy about God’s existence (e.g., the ontological arguments, the logical problem of evil, etc.), so you might write about one issue (e.g., the ontological argument), and defend a certain version of the argument or premise in the argument against objections that have been raised. **See Appendix 1 at the end of this document for a list of areas of controversy and issues. Source material: You must have at least two sources that fall within the following guidelines. Yes: any philosophical texts from class are acceptable. Yes: any other article or book in philosophy is acceptable. Yes: one source can be an official encyclopedia of philosophy, including the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online ( and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy ( Hint: these websites are great starting places for learning about a topic and finding sources. No: unofficial internet sources like Wikipedia . Yes: contact me if you have difficulty picking a topic or finding sources. Prospectus: Your prospectus must contain the following three elements. 1. A statement of your topic. 2. A statement of your thesis. 3. A list of your sources. **See Appendix 2 at the end of this document for an example of a prospectus. Paper Procedure: The following procedure is required. 1. The first paragraph must clearly state the issue you address in your paper and the thesis that you argue for. Both the sentence that states the issue and the sentence that states your thesis must be underlined. Here is just one example of a good way to begin a paper:
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2 One theory about the relationship between the brain an the mind is the ‘identity theory.’ This essay addresses the central claim of identity theorists, which is that mental events or states are identical to brain events or states. For example, a pain or a thought of chocolate ice cream is the same thing as some event or state in the brain. One motivation for this position is the supposed ability of science to causally explain mental events by brain events. Another motivation is that since science seems to explain mental events, there is no need to consider other explanations. I will argue that, not only does the current science of the brain fail to explain mental events, but there are reasons to think that a science of the brain could never causally explain some mental events; thus, I will argue, the identity theory is false. I will support my thesis first by using Frank
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