PHIL Essay

Humanities

Using the prompts below, choose one and write an essay (approximately 1000 words). Read the grading rubric BEFORE writing so that you are sure to address all four elements of the grading rubric. Your essay MUST be submitted in one of the following formats (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf). Failure to do so will count as a NON-SUBMISSION. This also means that you cannot type the essay directly into ecampus. YOU MUST SAVE YOUR ESSAY IN ONE OF THOSE FORMATS AND ATTACH IT TO THE LINK ABOVE (Where the word “Essay” is underlined above.) If you do not know what this means or how to save your work as one of those files, see me or email me immediately. Not knowing how will not be an excuse to allow late work. The essay will go through software that will test for plagiarism. Be sure that when you write your essay you do not use material from other sources without citing them. Doing so is cheating and grounds for a 0. I will select two topics and you must write a 1000 word essay on one of those two topics.I am providing you with the topics from Module 2 so that you can prepare for the topics as you study each chapter.Your essays will be graded according to the rubric presented in “Writing a Philosophy Paper.”

Write your essay as if you are writing to a friend who missed class on the day this was discussed. There is no bibliography or works cited page required. You may write in first person or even write the essay as if it were a letter to your “friend” from class.

The essay should be double spaced and in a readable font (10pt. and 12pt. are best)

PROMPTS:

  1. Are Sartre and Smullyan right that it is impossible for anything that is self-conscious not to have free will? Explain and evaluate your position.
  2. Is it reasonable to believe something when you do not have sufficient evidence? Explain and evaluate your position.

Essay: At the end of the semester, I will give you a choice of two topics on which you must write a brief essay (approximately 1000 words). The point of this paper will be to focus on one particular argument or theory. The goal is not to do research (looking up stuff in the library) but to focus your thoughts on one argument or one position and dig deep. Your grade on this paper will be primarily based on the clarity of your writing, the command of the material and the “depth” of your explanations. (Which side of the issue you are on is completely irrelevant). In fact, I will give you the grading rubric I will use to assess your essays. You should use this rubric as a guide to develop your outline. The topics will come from the list of possible essay topics found in each module. I will choose the topics that you will write on, but you should study these possible topics throughout the semester so you will be prepared to write your essay when the assignment is given.