PHI 250—LOGIC Aristotle On Interpretation 350 BC Paper Composition and Evaluation Guide Syllabus Requirements for Paper Analytical Paper.—During the course of the trimester, all students will write one critical analysis paper on Aristotle’s On Interpretation (bks. I-X). The essay must include 1000 words excluding footnotes and bibliography in 12 point Times Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins with pagination, and footnotes in Turabian style. The paper must demonstrate the student’s competency to analyze Aristotle’s On Interpretation (bks. I-X) through: • an understanding of the author’s biographical, historical, and ideological context • an ability to summarize Aristotle’s On Interpretation and to analyze/critique at least one his arguments in On Interpretation (bks. I-X) • an awareness of the primary source’s contribution and influence in Western logic and philosophy • an ability to incorporate secondary literature into the analysis of the primary source • an ability to use the internet to retrieve pertinent secondary literature (print and electronic) according to syllabus restrictions The paper must include a bibliography of sources (reference, monographs, journal articles, and internet resources [Routledge, Stanford, JSTOR, or SAGE [Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy]. Any other internet source must be pre-approved by the professor. The paper is due no later than Monday, October 24, 2014, but may be submitted early. Papers must be submitted into CANVAS. Evaluation of the Paper.—The paper will be evaluated with a variety of methods (see course CANVAS site for the “Paper Evaluation Guide”), which includes some minimal considerations: • appropriate completion according to stated criteria in the syllabus, • accurate summary and interpretation of Aristotle, • selection pertinent and accurate use of secondary sources, • correct grammatical style, literary style, and Turabian formatting • demonstration of critical, logical, and analytical thought appropriate to an analysis • Late papers are accepted, but carry a penalty of one letter grade per day. Students who fail to submit the paper will receive an “F” for the course regardless of other grades.
Paper Structure (1000 words excluding footnotes and bibliography) p. 1 (first half)—Aristotle’s biography p. 1 (second half)—Aristotle’s influence on philosophical logic p. 2 and half of p. 3—summary of On Interpretation, bks. I-X p. 3 (second half) through p. 4—analytical critique of at least one of Aristotle’s arguments o Aristotle’s assumptions about logic and reality o consistency or inconsistency in On Interpretation, bks. I-X o Aristotle’s strengths and weaknesses in at least one of his arguments Recommended Online and Other Secondary Sources • Barnes, Jonathan. The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. [print edition on reserve in Smith-Rouse library] • Copleston, Frederick J. “Aristotle.” In A History of Philosophy. I:266-86. [print edition in Smith-Rouse reference library] • Irwin, T. H. “Aristotle.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. [print edition in Smith-Rouse reference library] • Kerferd, G. B. “Aristotle.” The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I:151-62. [print edition in Smith-Rouse reference library] • Lejewski, Czeslaw. “Logic, History of.” The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. IV:513-17. [print edition in Smith-Rouse reference library] • Oesterle, Jean, trans. Aristotle on Interpretation: Commentary by St. Thomas and Cajetan. In Mediaeval Philosophical Texts in Translation, 11. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1962. Online. Internet. Accessed August 11, 2010. • Ross, Sir David. “Life and Works.” “Logic.” In Aristotle. Sixth ed. London and New York: Routledge, 1995 (chs. 1-2; online Ebrary). • Sedley, David. The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. [print edition on reserve in Smith-Rouse library] • Smith, Robin. “Aristotle’s Logic.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Online. Internet • Taylor, A. E. Aristotle. New York: Dover Publications, 1955. [print edition on reserve in Smith-Rouse library] • Thom, Paul. “Logic, ancient.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. [print edition in Smith-Rouse library] Prose Style Format use active voice for strong prose (i.e., avoid passive voice—“Aristotle was read by medieval theologians . . .”) make sure subjects and verbs agree in number (singular . . . singular; plural . . . plural) make sure antecedents are clear in composition use each word in its most common meaning for the context of paper avoid sentence fragments and run-on sentences avoid 1st and 2nd person pronouns (i.e., “I,” “we,” “my,” “our,” “us,” “you”) avoid colloquial phrases (i.e., “think outside the box”) Consult William Strunk, The Elements of Style, 1918 – An EXCELLENT HELP IN COMPOSITION EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! How to Write a Philosophy Paper Guidelines to Writing a Philosophy Paper–Jim Pryor A Brief Guide to Writing Philosophy Papers–Richard Field Turabian Format (a minimal list follows; see links and sample paper) See D2L Sample Paper in Turabian Format 1 inch margins (pagination centered, one inch from top except first page) no running headers or footers; centered pagination required at top of p. 2 ff. footnotes—indent first line; single space within individual footnotes; double space between footnotes bibliography page—alphabetize entries; first line of entries flush left margin; indent subsequent lines; single space within individual entries; double space between entries no cover sheet or plastic Turabian Style Guides Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), Documentation Guide – Turabian Northwest Missouri State University Library Guide to Turabian University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center Guide to Turabian Turabian Guidelines via Google