PHIL 4115: Political Philosophy
Dr. Robert Lane
State University of West Georgia
TERM PAPER 2
· Due date: Friday April 25 [note that this is four days later than the original due date specified on your syllabus]
· 1500-2000 words (roughly 6-8 pages) DO NOT GO UNDER THE MINIMUM LENGTH OR EXCEED THE MAXIMUM LENGTH.
· Include a word-count at the beginning or end of your essay.
· Your essay must be typed and double-spaced. This will give me plenty of room to write comments on your papers. No handwritten essays will be accepted.
· Do not put your name anywhere on your essay. Rather, identify your paper with the last four digits of your social security number. This will help me grade your papers anonymously.
· Do not hand in your paper in a binder, folder, etc. Simply staple the pages together in the upper left corner.
Critically discuss/evaluate one or more of the following topics, all of which we have covered (or will cover) in class:
Thomas Hobbes on
the State of Nature
Contracts, Covenants and Justice
The Creation of the Commonwealth
Different Forms of Commonwealth by Institution
The Liberty of Subjects
John Locke on
the Natural Moral Condition of Human Beings
the Creation of Civil Society
the Powers of Government
the Dissolution of Government
Karl Marx on
Private Property and Alienation
John Stuart Mill on
the Harm Principle
Arguments for Freedom of Thought and Expression (in On Liberty ch.2)
John Rawls on
"Justice as Fairness"
vs. Robert Nozick on Distributive Justice
Misc. Things to Know
· You may choose to write on a topic other than those listed above. However, you must discuss your topic with me and get my permission first.
· Before you begin writing, please read my document, "Writing a Philosophy Paper," accessible from the class web site. You can also access it directly at http://www.westga.edu/~rlane/paperResources.html .
· You should also read the first section of James Pryor's document, "What Does One Do in a Philosophy Paper?" (the section entitled "What Does One Do In a Philosophy Paper?"). There is a link to this document from my own document (mentioned above); you can access it directly at http://www.princeton.edu/~jimpryor/general/writing.html#PhilPaper .
· When you use or refer to source material (either in your textbook or in some other edition(s) of the relevant work(s)), make sure to cite the specific page and/or passage to which you are referring. It is not sufficient to refer simply to my lecture notes (although you may of course refer to my notes if there is some original point contained therein that is relevant to your paper).
· If at any time you have questions or concerns about your paper, do not hesitate to contact me, either in person or by phone or email.
· REMEMBER: LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNLESS YOU HAVE SECURED MY ADVANCE PERMISSION TO TURN YOUR PAPER IN LATE! There will be no exceptions to this rule.
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