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Learning Goal: I’m working on a philosophy writing question and need a sample draft to help me learn. Essay Writing Tips Choose either Topic A or Topic B. To answer these topics completely, it takes a minimum of 2 pages – 8-10 paragraphs.
Use the topic questions and the scoring rubric to see if your draft
responds fully to all parts of the question. A complete, thoughtful
answer is more important than word count.Topic A: In this essay you will address the controversy between free will
and determinism. You will go deeper into the problem of determinism by
choosing whether it is the predictability or the unpredictability of
our actions that poses a bigger threat to free will. Using passages
from the textbook, explain in detail what determinism is and why
determinism threatens the idea of free will.Now consider these two opposite points of view about our ability to predict behavior:Everything you do is predictable to
those who know you well. This predictability means your life is
determined by choices beyond your control.—Paraphrase from Vaughn, p.268
“He sat a long time and he thought about his life and how little of it he could have foreseen and he wondered for all his will and all his intent how much of it was his doing.”—Cormac Mc Carthy (reprinted in Vaughn, p.265)
Explain what these two points of view mean and then give your own
reasoned opinion about which point of view is correct. Defend your
answer.Topic B: Describe the theory of knowledge called skepticism.
Consider the skeptic’s charge that we can never be
confident about the reliability of our normal sources of knowledge
(perceptions, memory, introspection, and reasoning.) Describe why and
how, for each of the 4 sources mentioned, the source is unreliable. Use
examples to show your understanding.If a source of knowledge is unreliable, it means these sources can
trick us into believing falsehoods. Does it follow from the fact that we
are sometimes mistaken when we rely on these sources that we are always mistaken? In other words, once we admit is possible that we are mistaken, does that mean that we need to admit that we might never be correct? How would you respond to the skeptic?
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