Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Second Writing Assignment

Note: The links for the readings from the course schedule should be working fine now. Details of the second writing assignment are as follows:

Writing Assignment 2

Using the resources we have been developing for identifying and presenting arguments, present a puzzle discussed by Rea other than the Debtor’s Paradox. Briefly state reasons in support of the premises of the paradox you present. Identify the premise you think is weakest and explain why. Do this even if you think the argument is sound. That is, even if you think all of the premises are true. Be sure to correctly cite your source(s).

This assignment should be brief; it should require no more than one page. You are encouraged to discuss your proposals for how to present, explain, and/or evaluate the argument you choose to discuss with other students here.

A perfectly acceptable way to do this assignment is as follows:

Premise 1
Premise 2
Premise 3

Note: The conclusion of your argument should be 'Therefore, a and b are coincident'. The values of 'a' and 'b' depend on the puzzle that you choose to present. For the purposes of this assignment, a and b are coincident just in case a is distinct from b and a and b occupy exactly the same place at the same time.

Reason to think (1) is true: Blah blah blah.
Reason to think (2) is true: Blah blah blah.
Reason to think (3) is true: Blah blah blah.

I think the weakest premise is (n), because Blah blah blah.



Blogger Kate said...

does anyone want to meet tonight and discuss this? I should be arriving back on campus around 7 (the stupid snowstorm stranded me) but because i have been out sick i feel that i've missed alot, so if anyone is around to talk that would be awesome... please call my cell if you are available 860-965-8759, leave a message if i don't answer cause i might be on a plane... thanks so much!

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