|DUE: by 11pm,
March 10. Please submit electronically in MS Word document
or cut and pasted into an email to email@example.com.
LENGTH: 4-5 pages
word processed, double-spaced, font no larger than 12.
Every paper requires
additional reading beyond our class
All topics and additional
readings must be cleared with me!
criteria remain the same.
I will be happy
to help you choose a topic and additional reading.
I will not accept
papers where I have not cleared the topic and additional reading.
A non-standard project
is more than welcome, BUT PLEASE talk to me before you start.
Write on a topic we
have discussed related to
Choose a topic related
to our topics
WTC memorial process
Plato on education.
Kant on the sublime
Choose another topic
Gender issues [Berger
Any project must
reflect some aspect of our discussions in both a creative and an intellectually
is demonstrated by presenting an author's ideas accurately.
"Ability to Respond"
is demonstrated by making connections between two authors based on your
reading and reflecting on the texts.
A "C" paper does
A "B" paper goes
beyond class discussions in depth of comprehension and finding new connections.
An "A" paper
contains deeper insight into the texts and their comparisons.
Your paper should have
an introduction where you state what your topic will be and generally
indicate what direction you will be going.Most of you need to be more specific
here. Stating your thesis concerning your text/topic choice at this
point can save you a lot of wandering later...
The thesis should include
a statement of the aspect of the author or authors you will discuss [the
TOPIC] and a general statement about HOW you will discuss or compare
them. [your THESIS]
You may organize the
of your paper in whatever way seems to present the material best, but be
sure your organization is clear!
However, it usually
works better to present the philosopher's view [the parts you need for
your discussion] first, then start the comparison/discussion of the
other philosopher or literary text.
In other words don't
alternate: "Plato says....., but I think...."
Please explain in
your own words. If you use a quote be sure to explain
what the quotation means in the context of your discussion. In other words
demonstrate understanding of the text.
If you do this you won't
see the whole picture.
Present Plato's view
first, then proceed to develop the contrast in relation to the topic you
The paper should end
with a conclusion, focusing and summarizing your discussion.
The best papers are
those where the conclusion "writes itself" - that is - it follows from
what you have argued in your paper.