Brandeis University, Philosophy Department
Fall 2008
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Philosophy 1A

Introduction to Philosophy

Professor Andreas Teuber
Prof. Teuber



PAPER TOPIC I

A Credit/No Credit/Extra 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 pass/fail or credit/no credit, although it will be possible to receive a "high pass" or "extra credit." If you elect to write a paper for "CREDIT" or a paper that will "pass," the paper (your paper) must show some signs of life, some signs of thinking or thought. In concrete 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" on the paper (your paper), the percentages for weighing the remaining three papers will be as follows: 40% for your strongest essay, 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 count 5% and the quiz will count for the remaining 5%.


In order to receive a "high pass" or "extra credit," which could improve any one of your graded papers in the course by a third of a grade, thus turning, 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 (under) the "EXTRA CREDIT" section of the Topic.


"CREDIT" PAPERS that aim to receive simply a "pass" should be between five and six pages in length, or longer if you wish. "EXTRA CREDIT" PAPERS or PAPERS that aim for a "HIGH PASS" should be an additional three to five pages in length and/or (again) longer if you wish.


Papers should be five to six (5-6) pages in length, unless you are also seeking "extra credit" or longer, if you prefer, 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
Paper CLIP, Elmer's GLUE, Dentyne GUM,
SPIT, James BOND or Origami FOLD.

Papers are due, in the Philosophy Department Main Office, Rabb 303, no later than 3:00 PM on Thursday, September the 25th.



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