Brandeis University, Philosophy Department
Fall 2011
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Philosophy 1A

Introduction to Philosophy

Professor Andreas Teuber
Prof. Teuber


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 credit/no credit, although it will also be possible to receive "extra credit." If you elect to write a paper for "CREDIT" , 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 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. If you fail to receive credit, grades will be broken down among all four papers: 30% for your best effort, 25% for your next best effort, 20% for the next after that, and 15% for the least successful of the four. No credit on the paper will be equivalent to a "C-" or below. Keeping a journal and/or participation, speaking with others, parents and friends, roommates and classmates about problems that arise in class, in the readings and the paper topics and/or coming to discussion sessions will count 5% and the quiz will count for the remaining 5%.

In order to receive "extra credit," which could improve any one of your graded papers in the course by a third of a grade, thus turning, for example, a B (3.0) into a B+ (3.3) or an A- (3.7) into an A (4.0), you must answer the question posed in the "EXTRA CREDIT" section of this First Paper Topic.

"CREDIT" PAPERS that aim to receive simply "credit" should be between five to six pages in length, or longer if you wish. If you also decide to take a stab at "EXTRA CREDIT" you should, perhaps, use an extra sheet of paper for each part of the three-part assignment.

Papers should be double-spaced.

Please number pages.


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

And 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 start of class, on FRIDAY, October the 7th.



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