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Unformatted text preview: usion: “X is right.” SAY WHY. Evaluate the arguments of others and argue for your own conclusions. Beware of lapsing into mere reporting or surveying of opinions. Your evaluations and conclusions should result from the reasoning you develop. Thus it would be a mistake to present, say, Mackie’s reasoning according to which god does not need to use evil events to attain good results, and without any objection or reply to announce, “I think the reason god allows evil events is to use them to attain good results.” One can, of course disagree with Mackie! But it should be on the basis of some reasoned reply to Mackie. Details. (a) As a matter of style, do not worry about using clever language, varied vocabulary or the like. Strive to be clear and precise. Make the arguments clear. That’s all that matters. Along these lines, do not argue by means of rhetorical questions. It is always better to say what you mean than to hope the reader will answer the way you want. (b) Technically, papers should be double‐spaced. The front sheet should have the title of your paper, your student number, the name of the course, and the date. Number pages consecutively. Do not use a colored or plastic cover – they get in the way, and I throw them out. (c) Grammar and spelling matter. If you have problems in these areas, seek help – from the writing center, philosophy assistants in the Logic Lab (UH 047), your professor, or other sources. Quotation. Because of frequent problems in this area, I’ll be more complete about this (this material is based on a document produced by the English department, though edited in a “philosophical” direction): 1 (a) When to cite. Be conservative in the use of quotation. In most cases in philosophical writing, that someone holds a view will not count as support for it. Quotation is, however, sometimes useful in demonstrating that you are correct in thinking that the person quoted holds a position you will discuss. In general, you should u...
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