(1) Your essay should be no more than 1500 words (and ideally more than 1000). (2) You must summarize a specific position held by a

(1) Your essay should be no more than 1500 words (and ideally more than 1000).
(2) You must summarize a specific position held by a philosopher and argue against that
position in your essay.
(3) You will begin your paper with a clear statement of your thesis.
(4) The first section of your paper will be a summary of an argumentative position held by a
philosopher that we’ve looked at in this class.
(5) The second section of your paper will be a presentation of your argument against that
position (i.e. why the position is bad, weak, wrong, etc.).
(6) In the third and final section of your paper, you must consider at least one objection to
your argument and then respond to it. (i.e. ‘Here is a reason to think that my argument is
incorrect … But in the end the argument is correct because …’)
(7) You must cite one of the readings in this paper. You are welcome to cite other scholarly
sources (e.g. other course texts, journal articles, other books, etc.), but this is not required.
(8) Format instructions: use whichever format feels most comfortable to you. I’m
principally concerned with the content and not with the presentation style.

Grading Rubric:
I will grade the summary according to the following criteria. Keep them in mind as you plan/write your paper.
UNDERSTANDING: How well does the author understand and make judicious use of the material relevant to the summary that is on our reading list? How well does s/he understand the complexity of the issues involved? [5 marks]
ARGUMENT: Does the author use cogent arguments to support his or her position? Do the claims made in different parts of the paper follow from one another and are they consistent? How well does s/he understand the complexity of the issues involved? [5 marks]
OPPOSING VIEWS: Has the author dealt with important objections to his or her position? To what extent is s/he aware of the possible difficulties with that position? [5 marks]

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