Winter Term 2010

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How to Write Papers for this Course


SECOND  WRITING ASSIGNMENT -- [10% of course grade]

      DUE: At class, Friday, February 5, 2010, HARD COPY ONLY

      LENGTH:  A 2-3 page word processed, double-spaced, 
         reasonable margins, submitted in hard copy. No electronic 
         submissions!

      Answer ONE of the following THREE questions with a thoughtful essay.

          * Take the time to organize and develop your discussion.
          * Please revise at least once before turning in your final version. 
          * And SPELLCHECK!

GRADING: 10 points divided as follows:

    • 4 points for Comprehension of the texts: [explaining the main concepts & and those concepts relevant to your topic
    • 4 points for Ability to respond to the texts [making connections among the texts and extending your discussion of the text beyond our class discussions]

    • 2 points for Writing, Grammar, Spelling: [paper structure, sentence structure & proofreading]

  1. First: write a critique of the people of Le Chambon  [Hallie] as though you were Nietzsche. [In Nietzsche's voice] Explain carefully using both Nietzsche's philosophy and the events in Hallie’s article accurately. Then, equally as thoroughly, take the voice of the people of Le Chambon and explain why you think Nietzsche's critique of your actions is wrong. Finally... which voice is closest to your view and why? 

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  3. Compare the views of Hobbes and Taylor. How are their views of the origins of morality & social organization similar and different?  [Look at how they explain human nature]. Remember for Hobbes the concepts of good & evil are tied to our desires and aversions and for Taylor wants and needs don't arise until there is more than one person.

  4. Use TWO of Nietzsche, Hallie and Taylor to construct an essay on the relationship of cruelty and goodness. [This is also about the nature of evil, if that reframing helps you.] What are the characteristics of cruelty and goodness as explained by the authors you choose and how are they connected? Which of the authors that you have chosen to discuss do you DISAGREE with the most on this topic and why [Not just your opinion. Respond to their arguments]




FIRST  WRITING ASSIGNMENT -- [10% of course grade]

     DUE: At class, Monday, January 18, 2010, HARD COPY ONLY

     LENGTH:  A 2-3 pages word processed, double-spaced, 
         reasonable margins, submitted in hard copy. No electronic 
         submissions!

     Answer ONE of the following TWO questions with a thoughtful essay.

          * Take the time to organize and develop your discussion.
          * Please revise at least once before turning in your final version. 
          * And SPELLCHECK!

GRADING: 10 points divided as follows:

  • 4 points for Comprehension of the texts: [explaining the main concepts & and those concepts relevant to your topic
  • 4 points for Ability to respond to the texts [making connections among the texts and extending your discussion of the text beyond our class discussions]

  • 2 points for Writing, Grammar, Spelling: [paper structure, sentence structure & proofreading]
  1. Use the readings by Thomas Hobbes and Plato [The Ring of Gyges] to construct an essay on why people are moral. You may include material from our class discussions and other readings, such as "The Volunteer at Auschwitz", but be sure to demonstrate understanding of these two authors' ideas. [Remember that there are two voices in the Plato reading -- Glaucon (Ring of Gyges) & Socrates (many-headed beast).]

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  3. Explain Hobbes’ view of how a human society comes into existence. How would Hobbes respond to the claim that “man is naturally a social being"? Give examples from the reading to support your response. Explain how Golding's "Lord of the Flies" confirms or denies Hobbes’ view.


**1st week ethical issue assignment**

DUE:  At class, Friday, January 8, 2010

LENGTH: 1 page, word processed, double-spaced, reasonable margins, submitted in hard copy. No electronic submissions!

FIND: 

    • One current [in the past week] news story that raises an ethical issue, either from a major newspaper or a major news site on the web. [Not a summary article or an editorial]
    • Be sure to turn in a copy of your article with the written part of the assignment.
WRITE: A one page [word processed/double-spaced] explanation of 
    • what the is the ethical issue that the article raises and 
    • WHY it is an ethical issue. [Give your reasons why an action or situation of the kind discussed in the article is an ethical issue.]