Philosophical Problems and Arguments
First, you must write a paragraph or two carrying out one of the following tasks:
Identification: Identify what the ethical conflict is in a particular case presented in a reading.
Explication: Articulate an argument, theoretical principle, or the main outlines of a theory presented in a reading.
Definition: Define a concept presented in a reading.
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Evaluation: Briefly evaluate an argument presented in a reading. Application: Apply a theoretical concept or principle presented in a reading.
Second, you must develop a specific, informative question about a reading. Ask a question that is actually a meaningful question. Make sure that it’s not just some basic comprehension question that can be answered by reading the text. It must be a serious request for further expansion or clarification.
- 1. Read
(a) Philosophical Problems and Arguments Ch. 1
(b) “Plato’s Apology of Socrates” pdf (http://www.sjsu.edu/people/james.lindahl/courses/Phil70A/s3/apology.pdf)
- 2. Task:Explain the idea of logical possibility and necessity. Give an example.
- 3. Question: Develop a question about something from the readings. Is there a concept that you don’t quite get? Does something need to be clarified? Have you tried to apply a concept to your own observations and found it confusing?