Brandeis University, Philosophy Department
Fall 2009
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Philosophy 1A

PAPER TOPIC NUMBER ONE

Professor Andreas Teuber
Prof. Teuber



PAPER TOPIC I

A Credit/No Credit Paper


Drawing on the reading and your own considered opinion and good judgment, answer the question(s) on the following pages. In arguing for your position, think of the arguments that might be made against it, and respond to them. In defending your position, offer what you believe are the most principled arguments you can make.


In thinking of objections to your argument, think of the best possible objections that someone on the other side might be able to come up with, i. e., give yourself a hard time. If you can respond to the other side at its strongest rather than at its weakest point, that can only help to strengthen your own opinion and make it that much more persuasive.


The paper will be graded credit/no credit. To receive "CREDIT," the paper (your paper) must show some signs of life, some signs of thinking or thought. In more specific terms this means you need to make arguments for or against your view, entertain some powerful objections to your arguments, and respond to them.


If you receive "credit," the percentages for weighing the remaining three main pieces of work for the course will change. As you recall, there were originally four main pieces of work in the course, four 5-6 page papers. For these four pieces of work, the grading was going to be broken down as follows: 30% for your strongest effort, 25% for your next best effort, 20% for your next best effort after that, and 15% for the one which is least successful of the four.


If you receive "CREDIT" on the first paper, the percentages for the remaining pieces of work will be as follows: 40% for your most successful effort, 30% for your next best effort and 20% for the one which is least successful of the three. Keeping a journal and/or participation will still count 5% and the quiz, will still also count for 5%.

Papers should be between five to six (5-6) pages in length or longer, if you prefer.

Papers should be double-spaced.

Please number pages.

We would like to have two copies, marked COPY ONE and COPY TWO.

Papers should be stapled, not held together by
Paper CLIP, Elmer's GLUE, Dentyne GUM,
SPIT, James BOND or Origami FOLD.

Papers are due, in class, on Friday, at Noon, September, the 25th, 2009.



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