Brandeis University, Philosophy Department
Fall 2012
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Philosophy 20A

Special 2012 Election Edition

Professor Andreas Teuber
Prof. Teuber


PAPER TOPIC II

Voting in a Democracy

Drawing on the reading and your own considered opinion and good judgment, answer ONE of the FOUR questions 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, think of the best possible objections that someone on the other side might be able to come up with, i. e., try, really, really try to 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.

It is not a credit/no credit paper, but in form and structure it is similar to the credit/no credit that was the first paper. As in that paper you will need to make an argument for or against the position you take, offer several powerful objections to your position, and respond to them.

If you received "credit, " on the first paper, your grade will be broken down as follows for the remaining three papers, including this paper, PAPER NUMBER TWO: 40% for your strongest effort, 30% for your next best effort and 20% for the least successful of the remaining three. The remaining 10% of your final grade will be 5% for participation and 5% for the quiz.

Papers should be five to six (5-6) pages in length or longer, if you believe it is necessary and have a good reason.

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, at the beginning of class, on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012, the week following the week of Thanksgiving.

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