PAPER TOPICS I
Coming Into One's Own
Andreas Teuber





Drawing on the reading and your own considered opinion and good judgment, answer one of the following questions, think of the arguments that someone might make as well as the objections that he or she might raise to your opinion, and respond to them. In offering your opinion, offer what you believe is the most principled argument you can make, and support that argument and/or position as best you can by reference to the texts.

In thinking of objections to your opinion, argument, or position, 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 point rather than at its weakest, that can only help to strengthen your own opinion and make it that much more persuasive.

You may find that you are not sure whether you agree or disagree with some or all of the opinions expressed in a particular question that you are attempting to answer or that you agree with the conclusions but not with the reasoning or you think some of reasons are better than others or whether you think some of the opinions expressed on the following pages are just plain wrong, completely wrong-headed, from beginning to end. This is what you both love and hate about USEM. To paraphrase what one very good contemporary thinker, J. R. Lucas, has said: "Thought has to be self-thought, if it is to be thought at all. It is an activity rather than a set of positions. You always need to think out the problems and solutions for yourself, and although another person's thinking may help you in your own, you cannot accept their conclusions, or even understand their arguments, until you have already argued a lot with yourself."

The paper should be about five (5-6) pages in length, preferably typewritten. It is due on Tuesday, February the 16th, in class.


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