Paper Topics (Choose one of the following):
1. Abortion. Write on either the article by J.J. Thomson’s “A Defense of Abortion” (see UA8, pp. 446-459 or in UA7, pp. 507- 520) or the article by Don Marquis’ argument (UA8, pp. 459-475 or in UA7, pp. 497-506); briefly reconstruct the argument of the author in its most basic form.
2. Same-sex Marriage Examining either article on same-sex marriage (see Course Readings section of Blackboard), briefly reconstruct the argument of the author in its most basic form.
3. Death Penalty Examining either article on the death penalty (see Course Readings section of Blackboard), briefly reconstruct the argument of the author in its most basic form.
Any additional sources as well as the sources you use from the class and our text should be properly referenced using one reference method from a standard writing style guide. If you use any additional sources, they should all also be included in a bibliography or works cited page.
Make sure you reference the text. You may used the following model for parenthetical references (e.g. “….” (UA, p. #). … Or in footnotes e.g. “Robert J. Fogelin and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Understanding Arguments: an Introduction to Informal Logic, p. #.” As the “writing guidelines” sheet says, those who do not use references when and where required will receive an F. Write a paper 850-900 words in length on the topic below. On the first page, put your name and your section number. Please use page numbers. Be sure to address those points from the readings and lectures that are most important to your argument, but also be sure to make some original contribution to the discussion. While it is fine to draw on the materials from the lessons, be sure to present the material in your own way and in your own words. Use all of the knowledge you have gained thus far in the course about analyzing, evaluating and critiquing arguments. You must also follow the assignment as it is described here. Failure to do so will lower your grade. See the same “writing guidelines” sheet for details about how the papers will be graded.