: Assignment Instructions NB: Before starting your essay, you should read this entire document as well as the information in the ‘Essay Assignments: Grading Criteria and Helpful Information’ folder.
The articles given below are from The New York Times. Non-subscribers are limited to the number of articles they can read, but the Richland Library has full access to The New York Times. You can access The New York Times via this DCCCD Library web page.
For your essay, choose one of the topics below.
Topic #1: Free Will
Chapters 8 and 9 of our text deal with the problem of free will. Read this article from The New York Times and write an essay that connects the article to the philosophical problem of free will. Your essay must include reference to chapters 8 and 9 of our text as well as at least one reference to an article/entry in either The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy or The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, through quotation and/or paraphrase. Rather than your opinion on whether we have free will, your essay should be a discussion of the problem of free will.
Topic #2: Thinking Machines
Chapter 7 of our text deals with the question of thinking machines. Read this article from The New York Times and write an essay that connects the article to the philosophical problem of whether machines can or could ever ‘think,’. Your essay must include reference to chapter 7 of our text as well as at least one reference to an article/entry in either The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy or The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, through quotation and/or paraphrase. Rather than your opinion on whether machines could think, your essay should be a discussion of the problem of knowing whether machines can think.
In addition to what is described above, your essay must include the following:
• A heading done according to MLA
• An original title • An introductory paragraph that contains your thesis (see this VERY helpful advice on how to write your intro/begin your essay, and if you are unsure of how to write a thesis, read this advice on developing a thesis)
• A summary of the New York Times article related to the topic you chose (If you are unsure of how to write a summary, read this helpful advice on how to correctly summarize a text)
• Body paragraphs that discuss the problem of free will or the problem of thinking machines, depending on the topic you chose, through reference to the article, chapters of our text given above, depending on your topic, and at least one of the other sources mentioned above (here is some excellent advice on how to structure body paragraphs)
• A minimum of 3 full pages (your works cited page doesn’t count as a page)
• A conclusion (see this VERY helpful advice on how to conclude your essay) Your essay should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point font; your paper should be written in Standard English and done in MLA format. You must include a MLA works cited page that includes all sources used in your essay, including the article I provided.
To submit your paper, click on ‘Essay 2.’ You should attach a file that can be opened with Microsoft Word (doc or docx); do not submit a pdf or type in the submission box.
Any instance of plagiarism will be punished by a minimum of an F on the assignment and a report to the associate dean of the humanities division. Further punishment could include failure in the course, suspension, or expulsion.
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