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Assignment for Research Paper

#1 – Demonstrate how the Catholic tradition is mediated in history and instantiated in culture this will require you to identify a time and cultural location of the

Catholic tradition and explain the impact that the historical and cultural context had on the Catholic beliefs and practices of that time and culture.

#2 – This should include at least one specific example from each of the following time periods:  the early church community (prior to 1054), the Catholic tradition

prior to Vatican II and the Post-Vatican II Catholic tradition.
This means you will have a total of three examples of connections between Catholic tradition and historical/cultural context. The first example should be from

the pre-1054 church. The second example should be from the church between 1054 & the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II). The third example should be an example from

after Vatican II.
#3 – Write a paper in which you:

•    identify the historical/cultural context of each of the examples you are going to address;                  10 pts
This will be the “introduction” of your paper. It will probably take at least two pages because you will need to state the three historical/cultural items (things such

as major events, changes in social structures, etc.) and with each of them you should identify and state the Catholic beliefs that were impacted. This would probably

take at least one well-written paragraph for each of those three “pairs” (a “pair” will be the historical/cultural/social item and the catholic aspect that was

affected.) These paragraphs are not meant to “connect the dots” in any sort of detail.
These paragraphs are simply statements of the two things that you’re going to put together in each of the time frames. “This paper will show that

historical/social/cultural event A (which occurred prior to 1054) impacted the beliefs/structures/teachings of the Church in area B. The second part of the paper will

show that a similar connection exists between historical/social/cultural element C and the church practices of D. The paper will conclude with a comparison of the

relationship between E & F which occurred after Vatican II”
•    For each of the three do the following:
•    identify the most important aspects of that time and culture that impacted the tradition;

30 pts (10 pts each example)

•    identify the important Christian beliefs and practices that were involved;
15 pts (5 pts each example)

•    identify the impact of the historical and cultural context on Christian beliefs and practices that were involved (what changes occurred as a result of the

interaction between the tradition and historical/cultural context);
30 pts (10 pts each example)
I’ve got these grouped together because you are going to do the same thing for each of the three “pairs” that you’ve identified in your introduction. When you write

keep A & B together in one section. C & D together in another section and then E & F in a third section.
In each of these sections you’ll spend at least a paragraph or two explaining what you mean by A followed by a paragraph or two explain what you mean when you use the

term B and then a few paragraphs that explains exactly how A impacted B and gives evidence to support that claim.
Think about things that you could use for item A: The fall of the Temple in Jerusalem; The Fall of the Roman Empire; The increased ability to travel; Expansion of

trade to Asia; The rise of Constantine, Various Emporers of Rome, expansion into Europe, etc.
Things that you could use for item C: Dissolution of political monarchies as the normative government structure, Discovery of “the new world”, the industrial

revolution, WWI, WWII, The theory of heliocentric universe, development of the printing press, the rise of Islam, etc.
For item E you could consider things like: the theory of evolution; the cold war; specific examples of increases in science & technology; the Vietnam war; the increase

in types of religious terrorism; the increase in secularist societies, the development of contraception, etc.

You can see that if you chose “the rise of Constantine” as your first item (item A) you would need to explain who Constantine was … what was the historical time that

you’re talking about … what you mean by the “rise” … from what to what …
Then for item B you would have to do the same thing. What do you mean by the terms of creed, magisterium, doctrine,
After that you would need to connect the dots between Constantine’s rise and doctrinal teachings of the church or the structure of the magisterium.

Then you would repeat that process for items C&D.

An outline of the paper would look like this:
1.    Introduction (identifying & pairing up A&B; identifying & pairing up C&D; identifying and pairing up E&F)
2.    Section 1: A&B (items from pre-1054)
a.    Explain what you mean by A
b.    Explain what you mean by B
c.    Explain how A impacted B … What was it about A that caused B to change in the way it did
3.    Section 2: C&D (items between 1054 and Vatican II)
a.    Explain what you mean by C
b.    Explain what you mean by D
c.    Explain how C&D are related in some causal relationship
4.    Section 3: E&F (items post Vatican II)
a.    Explain what you mean by E
b.    Explain what you mean by F
c.    Explain how E affected F in some way
5.    Conclusion (Would be a brief summary restating that what  the paper has shown
a.    The significance of item A for the church in the area of B
b.    The significance of item C for D aspect of the church
c.    That E had something to do with the church’s change in area F

If you wanted to use more than three pairs that’s fine, but don’t go overboard with lots of pairs (4 or 5 would be the max) and make sure that you do a good job for

every pair that you want to include in the paper.
Finally, note that the historical/social/cultural cause that you identify in each of those time frames may have an impact in the church at some later point in time –

one of the other time frames. For example some of the stuff that goes on in WW II (German concentration camps and the eventual establishment of Israel) may have

impacts on the church at Vat II or sometime shortly thereafter.

•    use correct structure, grammar, spelling, etc.
10 pts
•    present structurally correct endnotes and bibliography.                        5pts
(Turabian, Chicago, MLA, etc. for the formats.)

Papers should be no less than ten (10) FULL pages of text (double spaced, one inch margins, 12pt Times New Roman type font with page numbers.)

The final paper should be submitted through blackboard no later than Monday, November 24th.

PHIL 1381
Paper #3

Requirements:
–    You are required to turn in a physical copy and an electronic copy:
o    Physical copy: turn in a printed version of your paper in class on November 24th.
o    Electronic copy: submit the paper to Blackboard by 11:59 pm November 24th. (must be a .doc or .docx file)
–    The paper must be between 650-750 words in length
–    Use Times New Roman 12-point font and double-spacing.
–    Use Chicago/Turabian, MLA, or APA documentation for any quotes in the paper.
–    Do not plagiarize. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
–    You may use the following sources in your paper:
o    The Sea Inside (2004 film)
o    “Euthanasia” by McBrayer & Markie
o    The Fundamentals of Ethics by Russ Shafer-Landau
o     “Justice as Fairness: Political not Metaphysical” by John Rawls
o    On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (excerpts or full version)
o    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://plato.stanford.edu/)
o    Books found in our library or eBooks and articles found through the library’s website.
–    Any sources not listed here are not allowed.
–    I expect your papers to use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. If this is not your strong suit, I suggest visiting the Writing & Learning Center.

(http://sites.uiw.edu/wlc/)

If the paper is turned in late, one point will be deducted and an additional point for every 24 hours past the due date.

Advice:
1)    One of your main goals in this paper should be clarity. Explain the ideas as clearly and precisely as you can. Try to leave nothing to be inferred.
2)    When considering your audience, write the paper as if you were writing it for one of your classmates. The person knows the basics of philosophy, but suppose

they do not know anything about the particular topic on which you are writing. Your paper should clearly explain this topic to that person.
3)    Feel free to ask me questions about your paper. You may email me a draft of your paper prior to the due date and I will give you feedback on it.

Topic:
Respond to the following prompt:

Euthanasia: Discuss the morality of euthanasia. Is euthanasia morally permissible? Are we morally required to help those who want to be euthanized? Consider cases in

which a person is terminally ill and suffering great pain. Also consider cases like that of Ramón Sampedro from the film, The Sea Inside. What moral principles are

relevant when evaluating these cases? Consider utilitarian and Kantian principles. Should euthanasia be legal? If yes, what conditions must be met for a person to be

euthanized? If no, should it be treated the same as murder?

Paper #1

Requirements:
–    Turn in the paper by submitting it to Blackboard by 11:59 pm October 1st. (must be a .doc or .docx file)
–    The paper must be between 650-750 words in length
–    Use Times New Roman 12-point font and double-spacing.
–    Use Chicago/Turabian, MLA, or APA documentation for any quotes in the paper.
–    Do not plagiarize. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
–    You may use the following sources in your paper:
o    Proslogium by St. Anselm
o    “The Five Ways” by St. Thomas Aquinas
o    “What is science?” by Samir Okasha
o    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://plato.stanford.edu/)
o    Books found in our library or eBooks and articles found through the library’s website.
–    Any sources not listed here are not allowed.
–    I expect your papers to use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. If this is not your strong suit, I suggest visiting the Writing & Learning Center.

(http://sites.uiw.edu/wlc/)

If the paper is turned in late, one point will be deducted and an additional point for every 24 hours past the due date.

Advice:
1)    One of your main goals in this paper should be clarity. Explain the ideas as clearly and precisely as you can. Try to leave nothing to be inferred.
2)    When considering your audience, write the paper as if you were writing it for one of your classmates. The person knows the basics of philosophy, but suppose

they do not know anything about the particular topic on which you are writing. Your paper should clearly explain this topic to that person.
3)    Feel free to ask me questions about your paper. You may email me a draft of your paper prior to the due date and I will give you feedback on it.

Topics:
Respond to one of the following prompts:

1)    Existence of God: Explain one of the arguments for God’s existence that we studied. (St. Anselm’s ontological argument or one of the five arguments presented

by St. Aquinas) Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument. Evaluate the argument for its strengths, weaknesses, validity, and soundness. What is the

strongest counterargument or objection that can be raised against this argument? What response can be provided to address this counterargument or objection?
2)    Philosophy of Science: What is science? What, if any, are the fundamental qualities of science? (If there are none, explain the usage of the term ‘science’.)

How can we distinguish science from pseudo-science? Evaluate Karl Popper’s claim that a scientific theory must be falsifiable. What is the status of our scientific

knowledge? Does science deliver objective truths about our world or is it just a tool that we can use to interpret our world? (i.e., scientific realism vs.

instrumentalism/antirealism)

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