Nimals can think-Based on the book Dependent Rational Animals”
The book is necessary to complete the paper!Here are the instructions…
It must be 5-6 double-spaced pages long.
(Again, dont Fulfilthe requirements with, e.g., extra-wide margins or extra-large font.) And, again, it needs three parts, as follows.
The first part is a short introductory paragraph that states a point MacIntyre (or the people he discusses) makes, and that states whether you will agree or disagree. **I choose the topic Animals can think”. The point can be any point he (or any of them) makes, as long as he gives a number of reasons why its true (since, as you will see below, the first half of the paper is made up of his or their reasons or evidence for this point). The point need not be a quote. This first paragraph will look something like this: I agree (or disagree) with MacIntyre when he says that the moon is made of little mice.You must either agree OR disagree, but not both. And you must state his point as a full sentence, so that your reader knows exactly what the point is. If you say, I agree with MacIntyre about the moon,that doesnt help your reader, as MacIntyre may say many different things about the moon, some of them not involving mice at all.
The second part takes up the first half of the paper, and consists in MacIntyres reasons why his point is true -his evidence or back-up or support for his point. The reasons can come from anywhere in the book -the same few pages, or from various places spread through the book -as long as theyre reasons or evidence for that same point, and as long as there are enough of them to fill half the paper. Even if you disagree, you must still give his evidence in his part, giving him a fair hearing, just as in a law-court where both disagreeing parties get to speak. You must explain his reasons in your own words. You may use a few short quotes with the page numbers in brackets after the quote, though these should also be explained in your words.
The third part is your own reasons why his point is true if you agree, or why his point is false if you disagree. If you agree, your reasons must be different from his. I would recommend that you forget about his reasons, and imagine you are explaining to a 10 year old child with a big vocabulary why she should believe you. The grading will be based on just two things: the quantity and quality of the reasons, and how well the reasons stay focused on the single main point. Anything else (e.g., background information about the philosopher, good reasoning supporting other true points) does not contribute to the paper.
Alternative topics will be considered by the teacher, who you must contact with the course Mail tool before an alternative topic is tried.
While a rough draft is not required for this second paper, students are encouraged to email (through the course Mail tool) and discuss rough drafts of the paper as often as they like before the final copy is due.
It is not at all necessary to use secondary texts (books or articles on our philosopher). If they are used, they must be properly referenced. The paper will still be graded on the basis of the students reasoning. A presentation of the secondary texts views and reasoning will make it harder to get a good grade. If secondary texts are used at all, then, they should be used only as a small part of the students own discussion.
This was cut and pasted directly from the syllabus-THANKS!!!