Phil 101 Writing Assignment #3
Locate a scholarly article on a loosely philosophical topic. Provide a reconstruction of the argument provided by the article.
To do this, you must successfully break the argument down into premises and conclusions.
The paper should be structured as follows.
I. Introduction (This should be extremely short– a few sentences at most. Here you can introduce the author and the paper, and what it is about.
II. Argument (This is the meat of the paper.) Here you should reconstruct The authorâ€™s argument in detail. This should include the primary argument and sub-arguments. Determine if and how each premise is supported. Do not evaluate during this portion, simply present the argument that Singer puts forward. (Singer’s argument is much simpler than Frege’s so this section won’t be quite as long.)
III. Response Provide a critical response or a defense of the argument (Just like the Singer paper) Ideally, you should make a couple of argumentative moves here.
–Make sure that you cite your primary source and any other sources properly. Many of you failed to do this for the first paper, and I let you slide/gave you assistance. All improperly cited papers from now on will receive a 0.
-The paper should be at most five pages. (12 pt. font double spaced) Longer papers will be graded down. Note that you might struggle to fit all the requisite information into five pages. Anything less than four pages is most likely too short.
Here is a rough guide for how your paper should be structured:
Section I- A short paragraph, no more than 1/3 of a page
Section II- pages. Hereâ€™s where you present the argument and present justification for the premises. You may break this into two sections (reconstruction followed by premise justification) or go piece by piece (justify each premise after stating it). Either is acceptable.
Section III- In this section Iâ€™d like you to provide a response to the argument presented, and if space permits, a speculative response in turn. (Just like the Singer Paper)