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Philosophy of the Mind/Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
Each of the papers is to be a defense of or an attack on a particular position or claim from the previous section’s readings or speakers. The claim used must be appropriately narrow. (You can’t defend “Life is a good thing.”) The claim must be fairly important to the work in which it appears.
A thesis is not a topic or a question. It is a statement that is possibly controversial and requires some argument to establish. For instance, suppose you wanted to attack Socrates’ implied claim that what we take for reality is really just a shadow play compared to the truly real. In that case, your thesis could be: “Socrates’ view that we are constantly deceived about reality is false.” None of the following would be acceptable as theses: “Is Socrates’ skepticism about our knowledge of reality justified or not?” “This paper is about Socrates’ skepticism about our knowledge of reality.” “I believe (feel, think, am convinced) that Socrates’ view that we are constantly deceived about reality is false.” After you have announced an appropriate thesis at the end of your first paragraph, you should argue in favor of it in the following way. First, spend a paragraph explaining the single most convincing argument in favor of your thesis. Then, spend a paragraph explaining the single most convincing argument against your thesis. Finally, spend a paragraph explaining why the argument against your thesis does not succeed. Then, write a concluding paragraph claiming that your thesis has been established, and explaining why the thesis is important to you or to the reader. ...
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