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Dialogue Paper

Dialogue Paper

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Dialogue Paper (20%): Students will be required to write one 8-10 typed, double-spaced page dialogue paper based on further research of a thinker, theory or controversy covered by the course. Topic must be approved by the instructor. The dialogue paper should represent a dramatic encounter among you and two other philosophers, one covered in class and one not covered in class. The paper must be based on at least one reading that we have covered in class and at least one reading from our textbook that we have not covered in class. It must use a philosopher covered in class and one that was not covered in class. The dialogue should be about a specific topic in which you present the arguments of yourself and other philosophers in an effort to reach a solution to the problem you are considering. You should offer arguments that the philosopher(s) in question would have made in such a discussion. The dialogue paper is due on by 11:59 PM April 13. Your paper must be a Word (.doc) file, it must be named ³yourlastnamedp´. Papers should be submitted via the digital dropbox. Make sure you use the SEND function and not the ADD function. Tips: In this model you have philosophers with two opposing views go at it, with you wading in as you feel necessary. For instance, suppose that I write on the existence of god and use Aquinas, Russell and Michael Tooley: Walking by a church on Sunday you and Bertrand Russell take note of the people entering. RUSSELL: Wow. What a bunch of suckers. ME: I hear you. How many sunny days can you expect in September? RUSSELL: And the silvers are in! AQUINAS: Hey, getting an egg sucking leach hooked in the type of a salmon isn¶t going to help you atheists if there really is a god! ME: Well, why should we believe there is a god? AQUINAS: Well I think there are five powerful arguments that show us that god exists. Have you ever considered that all things seem to be in motion?...

The crux of the dialogue is the critical interaction between the dialogue partners. . It should not be ³two ships passing in the night´ in which each person simply gives their view. Put yourself in the character¶s shoes and think of how they would respond if they really were in such a conversation. In this example. a setting has been created to allow people to elaborate on their philosophical views.The dialogue must have critical interaction.

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