In this order, the writer will read provided material (Book – PDF, not the whole book, haha, just specific sections), Watch videos and answer four questions.
1) Answer all questions/sub-questions – fully, clearly and concisely. These are philosophy questions, therefore, argue and support arguments with evidence within the textbook, no need outside sources, and no need to take a stance on a position.
2) Each question needs – intro, body and conclusion, what matters here is, how well the argument is articulated, proper citations if used direct material, or paragraphing.
Q1) Consider Nir Barak and Avner de-Shalit’s “Environmental Political Activism” by (i) outlining their main position/argument in the piece and (ii) consider their piece in relation to the following already posted videos: PAGE:266
(militant French eco-activists…)
(eco-activism and the age of terror)
(some not so great rap, but rap aimed at a particular audience (can you guess who that audience may be? hints – the rap is slow, Prolific makes sure to enunciate as clearly as possible…)) – please watch this video in particular
a) What overlap is there between the authors’ concerns in the written piece and each of the videos? and b) What do each of the videos add to the the written piece or challenge in the written piece?
Q2) With respect to “An Essay on the Principle of Population” (the written piece and the video), (i) outline the author’s main argument (identify key premises, concepts, inferential links, any sub-conclusions, and the conclusion; (ii) provide two arguments not anticipated in the reading itself that challenge the one or more of the author’s premises and/or their conclusion; and (iii) provide two arguments not anticipated/suggested in the reading itself that support one or more of the author’s premises and/or their conclusion.
Textbook – PAGE:319
Video Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A39mgI-HmiNZu1gTy7wrc_5-kqaa-kZ9/view
Q3) With respect to “Can the Supply of Natural Resources Really Be Infinite? Yes!” (both the written piece and the video discussions on this piece), (i) outline the author’s main argument (identify key premises, concepts, inferential links, any sub-conclusions, and the conclusion; (ii) provide two arguments not anticipated in the reading itself that challenge the one or more of the author’s premises and/or their conclusion; and (iii) provide two arguments not anticipated/suggested in the reading itself that support one or more of the author’s premises and/or their conclusion.
Textbook – PAGE: 326
Video Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m82j5rVYoc93dxWo3CFwvoup8SrhPgvp/view
Q4) Considering Sustainability, Introduction, p. 371 and Sustainability and Human Needs, p. 373, (i) outline the main arguments as found in the textbook, (ii) outline three new arguments raised in the video – any of the participants in the presentation of the piece, and (iii) outline three arguments against positions raised by either the article itself, or by any of the participants in the video.
What to Avoid/What to Do
1) When providing an elucidation of an article’s argument, do not provide a sort of summary that is written in a kind of chronological sense. This is to say, do not write it as you might a book report. Instead, try to isolate the most pertinent concepts and claims and connect them together to produce an account of how the authors premises/reasons/claims are connected to produce a sub-conclusion/conclusion, or, where applicable, a series of sub-conclusions that lead to a final conclusion.
2) While elucidating, identify potential counter-arguments that the author(s) anticipates and how those counter-arguments are addressed.
3) Try as much as possible to put ideas/arguments into original words in elucidating the article. If using the article’s words, you MUST quote and cite appropriately.
4) When creating arguments, try as much as possible to come up with original material. You may borrow ideas here and there (and if so, cite), but overall, the arguments should be original. Anyone can use google.
5) When borrowing words and ideas, if the words are exact, they must be in quotes and a citation must follow every sentence with borrowed words. There should not just be one citation at the end of the argument/paragraph.
6) When writing arguments, you must be as explicit as possible in outlining the reasons (premises) for your overall claim (argument). An argument is a set of reasons, connected (and explain how they are connected), that lead to a conclusion or final claim. An argument=series of premises, inferentially linked, which lead to a conclusion. By “inferentially linked”, you must explain, explicitly, how your premises lead to the conclusion you advance.
7) Unclear referents are not accepted. If you see a comment to the effect of “ref?”, this means that no one can tell what some word or concept you have written is referring. For instance, ‘it’, ‘this’, etc. in ways that leave it open as to what these words stand for or to what they refer.
8) When producing arguments, consider a few possible objections and try to respond to them.
9) When producing arguments, use analogies or examples to bolster your arguments.
10) When asked that you indicate advance arguments not already anticipated or addressed by the author(s) themselves, it means exactly that
11) Grammar cases – grammar really does affect the reader’s ability decipher your claims. Please use spell check, the multiple free grammar checks that are available online, prior to submitting it.
12) For the “questions” with sub-numbering – i.e., (i), (ii), etc. – please include the sub-numbering in answering the test so that the reader can clearly and quickly identify which part of the “question” to which you are attending.
13) Try to make it clear where you are paraphrasing someone else’s view and where your view begins/ends.
AGAIN, IF YOU ARE USING EMPIRICAL DATA/BORROWING OTHER’S WORDS/IDEAS, YOU MUST CITE AFTER EACH SENTENCE WHEREIN YOU ARE DOING SO. AVOID USING GOOGLE, SHARING SITES, ETC!
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