phil Term Paper
Term Paper Topics: Choose one (1) of the topics below and write a fully developed term paper that adheres to the above guidelines.
1. In The Republic, Plato explores several important themes (e.g., justice, power, human nature, etc.) Choose one (1) of the above themes (or another approved by me) and fully articulate Plato’s position. Use two (2) or (3) distinct arguments/concepts from The Republic to support your thesis. Do you agree or disagree with Plato’s position with respect to your chosen theme? Why or why not?
2. In his Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Rousseau uses the traits of “perfectibility” and “free will” to help describe different aspects of human nature. What does Rousseau mean by perfectability? How does Rousseau define free will? Does Rousseau think that perfectability and free will are positive attributes for us to have, or does he think they are negative attributes (or a little bit of both)? Explain fully. Finally, explain whether you agree with Rousseau’s position or not.
3. Mary Wollstonecraft artfully explores several different feminist themes in her A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, including the institution of marriage, the role education ought to play in a young woman’s development, and arguing that women should be financially self-sufficient.
Choose one (1) of the above feminist themes (or another from our readings) and fully explain Wollstonecraft’s position. Next, compare and contrast Wollstonecraft’s position with that of a modern-day author/academic/theorist who has written on that same feminist theme. Which person – Wollstonecraft or the author of your choosing – has the best approach?
Have we as a society finally “solved” this particular issue, or is there more room for improvement? Your term paper must follow the following guidelines:
Total paper length must be at least 2,500 total words in length (approximately six (6) to seven (7) double-spaced pages plus title page and works cited page). You must insert the final “word count” on the bottom of the works cited page. Failure to include the total “word count” in your term paper will severely diminish your final grade on the assignment. Instructions for adding the “word count” field to your term paper will be given in class. Instructions can also be found here: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-toinsert-word-count-in-word Your paper must be typed, double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch (1”) margins on all sides.
Your paper should include a title page at the beginning of the paper, as well as a separate work cited page located at the end of the paper. Your title page should be fully descriptive and include (at minimum) the paper title, course name, semester and year, instructor name, student name, and date. Your works cited page should adhere to MLA Style (discussed further below).
Each page of your paper (except the title page) should include a page number located in either the upper or lower margin. A table of contents is not necessary, but may be included if you desire
In writing your paper, you must clearly articulate a central thesis that responds to the paper topic you have chosen. Then, you must develop and execute that thesis. If you have any questions about this requirement, please ask me for help.
In writing your paper, you must use and properly cite any relevant primary course text(s), as well as at least two (2) additional outside sources. Your outside sources should be scholarly in nature (e.g., an article from a peer-reviewed journal; not Wikipedia or SparkNotes). If you only use the minimum two (2) outside sources, both MUST be scholarly in nature. If you use more than two (2) outside sources, most (but not all) should be scholarly in nature. If you have any questions about outside sources, please ask me for help.
If your paper fails to cite any sources, you will receive an automatic “0.”
You may find the following online research sources helpful: o Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – https://plato.stanford.edu/ (good background reading on topics and philosophers) o www.philpapers.org (a very extensive database of published philosophy articles) o The JSTOR database at your school’s library. Page 2
Use the MLA Style Guide when citing your primary and outside sources. Please note that MLA Style differs depending on whether you are giving an in-text citation or a citation on the works cited page. The following link contains a helpful free guide on MLA Style and several citation examples: https://library.hccs.edu/mla-guide Plagiarism: You are expected to strictly adhere to the college’s policy on plagiarism.