Goal: Students will create a detailed outline of your Philosophical Essay due in two weeks.
You will pick one of the following topics only to do your paper on:
What you are submitting now is your outline (not the full assignment) for your next week Philosophical Essay (not the actual paper – that is due in two weeks). There is a Word file marked Outline Template for your use that is provided in transitional form to walk you through mainly doing the paragraphs. Please download it and use it for this assignment, if you like, or use your own Word format.
In two to three full pages you need to include the following:
I. Your rough draft introduction with a clear thesis. How to Write a Thesis Statement
The following is an example (do not copy/paste and use) of a thesis statement/beginning introduction:
In this essay, I evaluate the philosophical puzzle: “If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?” In my evaluation, I explain that this question raises the epistemological problem of how a subjective experience, such as sound, relates to what can be known of reality. I demonstrate that this question is a puzzle because it exposes the limits of what we can claim to know based on sensory experience. Lastly, I will explain how the empiricist, John Locke, would evaluate and answer the puzzle.
II-IV. A list of three or more body paragraphs with transitioning sentences. This is just an outline of three or more body paragraphs. You are not writing the entire paragraph here. Just the outline.
I. Discuss morality:
Your next paragraph outlines like above and so forth.
V. Your rough draft of a conclusion
VI. Your Works Cited of at least three reliable/scholarly resources