FINAL PAPER for PHIL. 101All final papers are due at the beginning of class, Monday, April 25 at 8 a.m. All students are required to attend this class, it is your final. Anyone showing up late will get an automatic full grade point deduction. Anyone leaving early will get a full grade point deduction. Anyone turning in papers after that class gets a 0 (that’s zero). All papers will be three to four pages long (you can go up to five pages if necessary). Anything – REPEAT – anything less than three complete, double spaced pages results in an automatic full grade point deduction.
The papers will be type-written (no hand-written accepted), double spaced, paginated (meaning page numbers) and stapled. The student’s name will appear on a cover sheet. Cover sheets are not part of the page count. You can provide a title of your paper if you wish.
The point of this final paper is for you to provide a clear defense of one theorist over others, with the exception of only one topic listed below, which is clearly marked.
All papers must be written in a clean style that is properly spell-checked. Your sentence structure, spelling and grammar will all be judged as part of your grade. Every student must turn in a hard copy of your paper. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. You also must provide appropriate citation for research material through a bibliography and footnotes.
The final paper will be worth 200 points in your 1,000 point possible total. The grades will be based upon the student’s comprehension of the theories, creativity and reasoned and rational construction of a position.
You have suggested paper topics below and we will be addressing the modern and contemporary periods of philosophy from the reading material assigned to you in primary texts and 12 Theories. NO PLAGIARISING from any other sources, though you may attribute support material from other sources if you wish. An act of plagiarism results in a ZERO and potential additional discipline from the university.
Here are some suggested topics for a paper (there are topics that are included in a second page, make sure to read pages 1 and 2):
John Locke and Karl Marx both wrote extensively about property. Give a synopsis of their theories of property and choose which philosopher you support. Explain why you chose one over the other.
Martin Luther King Jr. in his Letter From Birmingham Jail wrote about freedom. Jean-Paul Sartre also wrote extensively about freedom. Compare and contrast the two and explain which position seems most desirable in your view.
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John Locke and Karl Marx wrote extensively about rebellion and revolution. Compare the two philosophies and explain which theorist’s position on revolution you favor most.
John Locke established the framework for liberal democracy. However, his theory says little about the rights of women specifically, in fact he often refers to the rights of “men.” Susan Okin, from a feminist viewpoint, writes that liberalism is deficient when it comes to women. Explain both Locke’s framework and Okin’s criticism and suggested corrections. Also explain if you find Okin’s criticism valid, was Locke inherently sexist, why or why not
Niccollo Machiavelli and Jean-Paul Sartre wrote extensively about the ends justifying the means, what Sartre would eventually call Dirty Hands, in order to support morally ambiguous or questionable actions. But John Rawls sees things differently and argues against means-ends theory. Explain the differences in theory and explain which theorist you support.
Niccolo Machiavelli wrote about when his “prince” was justified in going to war. John Rawls detailed a careful outline for well-ordered nation states and when they are justified in going to war. Compare the two and defend the theory you think is most desirable.
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote about government intervention to augment civil rights in the Letter From Birmingham Jail, in fact he also wrote about human rights and stressed a sense of urgency. John Rawls detailed his criteria for humanitarian relief to non-ideal societies. While there are major differences in the circumstances, there are also similar considerations for the human condition. Between MLK and Rawls, discuss their theories. Which position do you find the most reasoned Explain why. In this topic and this topic only, it is permissible to give equal defense to both philosophers.
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