good objection anticipation awards 20 points W r i t i n g
Here are your directions:
You will write 4 full pages.
Write an intro with three sentences or less. One sentence must be your thesis. A thesis is “a specific point that you are trying to establish – something that you are trying to convince the reader to accept”. The thesis is your conclusion, and your job will be to defend the thesis. The entire point of the intro paragraph in a philosophical paper is simply to present your thesis. You honestly want as short of an intro as possible since it is the meat and potatoes of the paper are in the argument. For this paper, you have three options, 1) Kant is the best response to Hume, 2) James is the best response to Hume, or 3) Hume’s skepticism is still the most logical position. Also, state the fundamental reason(s) that make(s) you correct. A good thesis awards 20 points. Do not “fence-sit”. And for the record, eggs are great.
After stating your thesis, you will need to immediately define your terms. This is absolutely the most fundamental problem in most arguments: no one knows what people are really talking about. You must do this before arguing or giving examples (examples are not definitions or descriptions). Good description awards 40 points.
Now that your topic has been well described, you can argue. Do not use a shotgun approach to argument, where you take a thousand little reasons and hope they are strongest. The simple argument is the strongest, and you should build up to your conclusion from a strong foundation. Good argumentative form awards 20 points.
The next step is done for integrity and logic both. You’ll need to respond to objections and offer concessions. Present the arguments of your opponents, then respond to those arguments. You should not leave their assaults against your thesis unaddressed, but you also cannot leave your reader ignorant. Sometimes, this is actually the longest section. Concessions are valuable because, if you identify the limits of your logic, it helps people understand your claim. Moreso, it might help you realize that you need to beef up your reasons or change your claim entirely. Good objection anticipation awards 20 points.
If you would like, you may have a concluding paragraph to summarize everything, but honestly, philosophical papers don’t always need these. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable.