PAPER INSTRUCTIONS Ethics PHI 2600
You will be writing an argumentative research paper over a topic listed below. You will be required to turn in a 5-7 page paper, the breakdown of the paper should be the following:
- A thesis statement stating what you will argue
- At least 2 arguments that support your thesis
- 1 argument that counters your thesis
- Use at least one ethical theory to support your thesis
- A conclusion
. Topics: You must pick 1 of the following topics to write your research paper on
- Environmental Ethics—if you pick this topic you would want to make an argument on the moral status of the environment. You will want to include the various views on the environment and determine which one best supports the argument you will make. You will also want to include an example, perhaps you are interested in saving the forests so you might take your paper in that direction or perhaps you want to see an end to fracking so you might take your paper in that direction. The key idea is to argue for or against the moral status of the environment and provide proof and evidence for the argument.
- Euthanasia —if you pick this topic you need to be sure that you decide if you will argue for or against euthanasia or physician assisted suicide as they are two different concepts. You will need to provide some definitions but the majority of your paper should be focused on the morality of euthanasia or assisted suicide. You will want to be sure that you support your argument with facts and evidence and use terms that are related to the topic. You will also want to look at some of the main ideas that are impacted with euthanasia such as autonomy, mercy, beneficence, role of the health care professional and so forth.
- Capital Punishment—if you pick this topic you will want to address the morality of capital punishment. In other words, is capital punishment just punishment for crimes committed? Here you will want to look at the main arguments that are used both for and against capital punishment. You will not want to use all the arguments that are out there but pick 2 and use them to support the question is capital punishment just? Be sure that you use facts and proof to support your argument.
- Global Economic Justice—if you pick this topic you will ultimately be making an argument for or against the question of Do we owe others help (charity)? And if so how far does it extend (just our country, worldwide)? You will want to use Peter Singer or Garret Hardin to make your argument and to provide evidence for your argument. This is a broad category so be sure your argument answers the question, with the use of proof and evidence, do we owe others help?
- Cloning—if you pick this topic you will want to address the morality of human cloning. Is it ethically justified to clone a human being? You will want to use facts, proof, evidence and examples to help you make your argument. You will want to look over the pros and cons of human cloning and determine if one outweighs the other. In the end you will argue for or against human cloning.
- Or another approved ethical topic that you would like to write your paper on. Please note that you will need to provide me with and get approval from me if you pick a topic not listed above.
Argumentative-What is an argument?
The following link explains what an argumentative paper is. You are required to read this information.
What is the purpose of a philosophy paper? And How do I write a philosophy paper?
The following links explain what a philosophy paper is and the importance of it. They also provide plenty of information on how to write a philosophy paper. You are required to read the following 2 links.
Sources & Scholarly Works
The minimum number of sources required is 5 scholarly works & 2 additional works (for a total of 7 sources), however you may use as many as needed to write the paper.
For information on what a scholarly source is please see the information provided in the following link. You are required to read this information.
This is a college course, you need to use proper grammar in your paper!
Most common mistakes that SHOULD NOT show up in your paper include, but are not limited to, the following: The correct usage of There/Their Then/Than Write/Right Past tense/present tense Verb agreement
Do not use contractions.
Do not start sentences with And or But!
YOU NEED TO PROOFREAD YOUR PAPER BEFORE YOU TURN IT IN! **Hint on proofreading—it is always best to give your paper to someone else (friend, fellow classmate, success center, professor, parent etc) to proofread, they are likely to catch mistakes that you may miss.
Quotations: Do not quote excessively; it is hard to integrate numerous long quotations into your own paper. Therefore, keep the quotes at a minimum.
According to Council of Writing Program Administrators plagiarism is defined as, “ In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common – knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.” )
You are required to document your information not only with a bibliography page but also within the body of the paper through the use of endnotes.
ANY INFORMATION THAT IS NOT YOURS MUST HAVE A SOURCE! MEANING IF YOU QUOTE SOMEONE IT MUST HAVE A SOURCE AND IF YOU PARAPHARASE SOMEONE IT MUST HAVE A SOURCE. Failing to give someone credit for their work is plagiarism
INCORRECT DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AS PLAGARISM AND COULD RESULT IN AN F FOR THE COURSE. IF YOU ARE UNSURE HOW TO DOCUMENT INFORMATION SEEK HELP!
YOU MUST DOCUMENT YOUR INFORMATION!
For more information on plagiarism and how to avoid it see resources on D2L
You will be using Chicago style for documenting sources in your paper. However I will accept MLA for documenting purposes but because the requirement is Chicago style those who do correctly document in Chicago style will gain 5 bonus points. (I am allowing MLA as many students are unsure of how to document in Chicago and find it to be difficult….with that being said I do provide resource after resource on using Chicago and am always here to help. I feel that it is important to understand other documenting styles as other universities may require the use of Chicago or APA and I believe it is vital to be prepared if you entering a university after FKCC)
There are numerous sources of information on documenting in Chicago style on D2L in week 2 under the additional resources module.
Final Draft of your paper
Title page (Name of college; the full title of your paper; course information (class, time, days); your name and date)
Body of the paper (5-7 pages)
Endnotes OR Footnotes (Chicago style requires the use of endnotes or footnotes)
The paper MUST be 5-7 pages long. The title page, bibliography, end notes or footnotes page, etc DO NOT count as one of the 5-7 pages!
The paper must be double spaced with page numbers
You MUST USE the following font: Times New Roman. Size 12 ONLY!
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