Follow the instructions given below carefully.
Essay should follow this format:
In a nutshell:
1. Tell the reader what text you will discuss, offer a thesis statement.
2. Explicate the argument from the text you have chosen.
3. Offer objections to the argument.
4. Offer possible responses (counter-arguments)
5. Conclusion (see above)
Note: Make sure you offer arguments! Do not simply give mere opinions. You need to offer rational justification for the claims you make. Do not simply say, I think James is wrong because I don’t agree or I don’t like what he says etc.. Offer a rational argument in defense of your claims. Review the notes on Arguments and Good Arguments if you have forgotten.
· You need not do additional research. Focus on any of the essays we have read, or any of the others on Angel in course documents.
· Your work must be your own, original writing. There are severe penalties for plagiarism and cheating. See the syllabus for details.
· Your paper should be double-spaced in 10 or 12-point font. Use standard margins. Do not use a cover page.
· Spell-check your paper. Proofread and edit your work to check for mistakes that computer programs cannot catch.
· At the top of the first page provide the following information single spaced:
PHI 1103: Critical/Creative Thinking
· Give your paper a title. DO NOY USE A COVER PAGE!
· Quote and cite the text to support your discussion. (footnotes or parenthetical citations) All verbatim quotation must use quotation marks. Citations are also required for paraphrases of the text. The goal is to point the reader to the appropriate passages of text where the claims are made. Use quotations selectively; most of the paper should be written in your own words.
· The exposition should provide a clear, accurate, precise, and selective account of the author’s position.
CLEAR: Write in complete, grammatical sentences. Organize your thoughts.
ACCURATE: Give a fair and reasonable representation of the author’s position.
PRECISE: Avoid offering vague claims and mere generalities. Make your discussion detailed, specific, and focused on the exact claims the author gives in support of the particular arguments you will examine.
SELECTIVE: In a short paper you cannot cover all of the arguments or claims the author gives. Select only those ideas, reasons, arguments that are directly relevant to your discussion
· As a guideline, your first, introductory paragraph should not be more than ½ a page. The exposition should take about 1 page and the presentation of your objection(s) and response(s) should take about 1 page.