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Unformatted text preview: Phil 150: Introductory Philosophy - Trout, Spring 2008 Guidelines for Argumentative Paper #1 The Argumentative Paper i. Is the product of a process of careful reflection on an issue, to determine where you stand and why. ii. Take a position on the issue of what, for you, is the best major to be pursuing in college at this time . [It is fine to argue that being undeclared is the best option for you.] 1. Introductory Paragraph a. Includes a thesis statement: articulating your position on the issue and the supporting reasons (premises). b. Provides a road-map to the rest of the paper. c. Is written provisionally at first & then re-written to make any adjustments, based on how the body of the paper comes together. d. LEAVE OUT FLOURISHES , like For centuries philosophers have wondered about 2. Body of the paper a. Elaborate on the supporting reasons (premises) for your position. b. Articulate the strongest Counter-Argument against your position. i. Conscientiously lay this out. ii. Your paper will be stronger if you give careful consideration to opposing views. c. Explain why your position is, nonetheless, the better one. 3. Conclusion: A paragraph or two summarizing your work and your position. You also may include questions or topics you did not have room to treat in your paper. iii. A more detailed outline of the Format you are looking to adopt: a. Introductory paragraph i. An introductory phrase that can be helpful is: In this paper, I will argue that ii. Clear thesis statement + clear premise references...
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- Spring '08