Term Paper Instructions
Please answer ALL OF the following 3 questions, devoting 300-400 words to each question, for a total of 900-1200 words in 1 document. Do not shortchange any of the 3
questions. You do not need a separate intro or concluding paragraph. Papers of less than 900 words will not be accepted and will earn a grade of zero. Organize your
thoughts into paragraphs; you may want to use more than one paragraph per question. You must demonstrate good use of the text. Use quotations from the text, but do so
sparingly; I want to see how well you can explain things in your own words. Your paper should consist of no more than 10% quotations. No works cited page is necessary.
Outside sources are not permitted. This is not a research paper; instead, it is your demonstration of what you’re getting out of the text, as well as your opinions.
Assignments using outside sources will be returned with a grade of zero. Plagiarized assignments will be returned with a grade of zero, and flagrant plagiarism may
reduce your final course grade by an additional 10%, besides earning a zero on the assignment.
What is one philosopher or philosophy that you have found most interesting so far during the course? Explain the view and why you find it interesting. Be specific and
demonstrate good use of the text. You can find something interesting without actually agreeing with it. When I say “one philosopher,” focus on their views, not their
personal history. When I say “one philosophy,” I mean something like a philosophical theory.
What is another philosopher or philosophy that you have found interesting so far during the course? Explain the view and why you find it interesting. Be specific and
demonstrate good use of the text. You can find something interesting without actually agreeing with it.
What does philosophy have to do with the real world? Be specific and demonstrate good use of the text. Give examples; you may want to give examples from you own
If you are using Word, you can go to Tools at the top, and then select “Word Count” either for the whole paper, or for a portion of the paper that you have selected
with your cursor.
Submit as a nicely formatted paper, single spaced. I prefer 12 pt Times Roman font with 1″ margins. PROOFREAD! Include your name, date, and the word count at the top.
You must submit via the assignment link (see below) as an attachment in Word (.doc) or else as a .rtf file. These are file types that I know my computer can read.
Please do not submit as Word Pad, Microsoft Works, or Apple Works documents, for example; instead, go to file and then save as, and choose save as file type .doc or
.rtf. Include your last name as part of the attachment name, such as SmithTermPaper.doc or JonesPaper.rtf.
You will be graded on content, depth, and quality of writing. Content includes how well you explain the views, your use of specific examples as evidence, how well you
demonstrate your understanding of the text, and how well you apply what you are learning. All things being equal, an essay that goes into more depth is likely to earn
a higher score than a paper that goes into less depth (within the limits). The minimum effort will not yield the maximum grade. Quality of writing, which counts for
about 10% of your grade, includes spelling, grammar, sentence structure, transitions, and the smooth and logical flow of ideas. Part of your grade is also following
directions regarding formatting, etc.
TitlePhilosophy- a text with reading textbook
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