Phil 2110 Critical Thinking

Writing Assignment

Dr. Janet Donohoe

Spring 2002



1.         Select a topic.


The topic should be something that is debatable and about which you can write an argumentative essay.  The point is that you should be trying to convince me of your position.


2.         Do research.


Do research on your topic to inform yourself of both sides of the issue so that you can argue your point as clearly and strongly as possible.  You may use the internet, newspapers, journals, or other sources to inform yourself about your topic.


3.         Write your essay.


Provide the strongest argument that you can for your issue.  Make sure that you follow the proper format clearly stating the issue, your claim, and your premises.   Be sure to provide support for your premises.  Do your best to avoid vagueness and ambiguity. 


Your argument, if it is written clearly, would be easily outlined, just like we do for newspaper articles.   It may be helpful to outline your own argument either before or after you write it to make sure that it is clear and well structured.


The essay needs to be at least 300 words.


4.            Sources and Citations.


You must clearly cite your sources with complete bibliographical information.  You may do this either with footnotes, parenthetical citations, or end notes.  Sources that are not cited may constitute plagiarism.


The department of Philosophy defines plagiarism as taking personal credit for the thinking of others as it is presented in electronic, print, and verbal sources.  The Department expects that students will accurately credit sources in all assignments.  Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course.