This will be a two-page double spaced paper. In this paper, you will argue for a thesis directly related to one of the topics in our course – Philosophy of
Religion, Ethics, or Philosophy of mind.
You MUST include an introduction that captures the essence of what your paper is going to be about. It should be one short paragraph. In the introduction,
you need to say in about one sentence EXACTLY what you will be arguing for. For example, “in this paper I argue that Aristotle was wrong about external
goods being required for the good life.”
Next, in the first body paragraph, you will give an account of what has been said on your topic already. You must provide at least three different scholarly
references (I do not care which citation style you use – pick one and be consistent about it). For example, if your paper is on external goods in Aristotle –
discuss what people who work on Aristotle have said about external goods. DO NOT merely pull from online, unless it is an philosopher who works on that
topic or unless it is a published paper or book that has been officially peer reviewed.
In the next body paragraph, you need to disagree with what has been said already or say why you think someone is right and others are wrong. Here, give your
After that, develop your position. Say why you think your position is correct. Give evidence, make arguments, consider a quick counter example and reply to it.
Finally, conclude your paper with a short summary of the main points of your paper.