Brandeis University, Philosophy Department
Fall 2010
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Philosophy 1A


Professor Andreas Teuber
Prof. Teuber


The Case of the Speluncean Explorers

A Credit/No Credit Paper

Drawing on one or more of the cases we have discussed in class, the trolley problem, the emergency room case, the footbridge case and Queen v. Dudley (1884), for examples, as well as conversations you have had with others in the class or elsewhere in the world and your own considered opinion and good judgment, answer the question 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, try to come up with the best possible objections that someone on the other side might make, that is, give yourself a hard time. If you can respond to the other side at its strongest rather than at its weakest point, that will only help to strengthen your own position and make it that much more persuasive. See Guides to Reading, Writing and Doing Philosophy

The paper will be graded credit/no credit.

To receive "CREDIT" the paper must show signs of life, some evidence that you have given the question thought.

In more specific terms this means you need to make arguments for or against your position, entertain several 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 are 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 participating in class and/or coming to discussion sessions will count 5%. The quiz will 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.

Please note: papers are now due at the beginning
of class at NOON on Friday, October the 1st, 2010.



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