Drawing on the reading as well as your own considered good judgment and opinion, argue for or against a way of viewing works of art that distinguish such works from mere real things, from the ordinary and the everyday, from such things as brillo boxes, pipes, beds, flags, rhinos and beer cans. Think of the argument that might be made against your arguments, 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 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 argument and make it that much more persuasive.
In the course of bringing what you believe is the best defense for your own position explicitly to light, provide the clearest expression of how the features you identify as serving to distinguish a work of art from some mere real thing does what you intend it to do and in the appropriate way.
In order to receive "extra credit," which could improve any one of your graded papers, including this one, by a third of a grade, transforming, for examples, a B (3.0) into a B+ (3.3) or an A- (3.67) into an A (4.0), you must answer questions posed in the section of the Paper Topic flagged "EXTRA CREDIT.".
Papers should be five to seven (5-7) pages in length or longer, if you wish, and 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
Dentyne GUM, SPIT, James BOND or Origami FOLD.
The paper is due by 10:00 AM on MONDAY, MAY 10th for all Seniors and on FRIDAY, MAY 14th by 4:00 PM for everyone else.
Papers should be handed into the Main Office of the Philosophy Department (RABB 303)