philosophy paper 45
Please select a question from the file Philosophy Essay Guide, and make sure to clearly state the question you are answering at the start of the essay.
Please read all files carefully.
And the class slides will be helpful for the paper. Thank you!
General advice for papers
1. Answer the prompt. Answer only the prompt. Answer all parts of the prompt. One of the most common mistakes that results in very low grades is failing to answer the entire prompt. If you are responding to a three part prompt and only answer two of the parts, you’ve only done 2/3 of the work, no matter how much you’ve written.
2. Have a clear thesis. The prompts are fairly straightforward, and it should be clear to me by the end of the first paragraph what prompt you are responding to, and what position you will be taking. Further, do not introduce topics, or the entire essay, with grand sweeping phrases like “Since the beginning of philosophy…”, “Philosophers have always wondered whether…”, “The biggest issue in philosophy is…” and so on. They are a waste of space. Additionally, there is no need to refer to the authors of sources by a full academic title and job posting. If you are citing Duncan Pritchard (i.e. the professor for this class) you can just call him “Pritchard” or “Prof. Pritchard”. Do not write things like “Duncan Pritchard, Chancellors’s Professor of Philosophy at University of California Irvine and author of the textbook we are using for this course…” As with the grand sweeping phrases, they are a waste of space.
3. Cite your sources. Papers without citations are, for all intents and purposes, plagiarized. I have no problem giving a D or F to every paper without citations. I do not care what citation style you use, just pick one and be consistent. Further, you should not need anything outside the book, lectures, and slides. If you do go outside of that material, the sources must be reputable sources. If you are unsure whether a source is good, err on the side of caution. In a pinch, ask me.