The essay should be in 12 point font. Please number your response so it is clear which question you are answering.
The essay should be 4-5pages.
Choose one of the following topics/question sets to write your paper on. For questions 1-3, you should use our text Mind and Brain as the source for your
essay. In explaining, defending, and objecting to arguments, make sure to take into consideration the argument skills we have been working on throughout
1. Explain the views of materialism and substance dualism. Provide one argument for each of the views. Explain the arguments’ premises and how they are
supposed to support their conclusions. Explain at least one objection to each of the views (i.e. materialism and dualism) and evaluate the strength of the
objections. Defend whether you think materialism or dualism is correct. (THIS IS THE QUESTION I AM CHOOSING TO RESPOND TO -Brittany, thank you)
In your answers, you should say something to define or explain the concepts or arguments you are being asked about.
Please use 3 sources from the text MIND AND BODY I have attached pics of what the book looks like.
If you rush through the essay and say very little about each question (in the set of questions you choose), you are unlikely to do well. Take your time and be
as thorough about the relevant information as you can, taking care to define all the important concepts and terms that are in question.
The grade of your essay can be affected by many factors. The most important one is demonstrating an understanding of the material and providing solid
argumentation for the points you make. Some of the grading criteria are listed below.
Accuracy. The accuracy of factual statements or interpretations of a particular philosopher’s, scientist’s or other author’s writings is always relevant in
evaluating written work.
Evidence of Effort. The amount of effort put into preparing the paper, insofar as this can be ascertained from the written work itself, will be considered in
grading. Some signs that insufficient effort has been made are (a) work that falls short of the requested length, (b) writing that includes frequent
misspellings and/or grammatical errors, (c) sloppy or illegible writing.
Cogency of Thought. Central to philosophy is the task of discovering reasonable beliefs that are based on sound justifying arguments and evidence. Thus
one criterion for judging the quality of philosophical writing is how well an author supports his/her views with clearly stated and convincing reasoning.
Insight. A superior paper will display some insight into an issue or the views presented, and goes beyond what is said in class lectures and discussions.