Write only write one, one page for two questions and for question number 3, write 1 and a half page paragraph from given website and on your best ideas. According to the process.
Does your body “have a soul”? or does your soul “have a body”? what’s inside what? Or do you think of yourself as only a material body that somehow produces the illusion of spirit or soul? What difference do your answer to these questions make?
What is your community’s position on maxed marriages, that is, marriage between two people of two different faith traditions? Where does religious community end and religious discrimination begin?
Write 1 and half page paragraph
Which argument for or against the existence of God best expresses your point of view? Explain why.
Anselm and the Argument for Godhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmTsS5xFA6k&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtNgK6MZucdYldNkMybYIHKR&index=9&t=184s
Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments
What is God Like?
The Problem of Evil
Reasoned Arguments (Text)
- Write a reasoned defense of some claim
Your response must offer an argument. It can’t consist in the mere report of your opinions, nor in a mere report of the opinions of the philosophers discussed. You have to defend the claims you make. You have to offer reasons to believe them.
So you can’t just say:
“My view is that . . . .”
You must say something like:
“My view is that P. I believe this because…”
“I find that the following considerations…provide a convincing argument for . . . .”
Similarly, don’t just say:
“Descartes says that . . . .”
Instead, say something like:
“Descartes says that . . . . ; however, the following thought-experiment will show that . . . . is not true…”
“Descartes says that . . . . I find this claim plausible, for the following reasons . . . .”
There are a variety of things you might aim to do in your response. You’ll usually begin by putting some thesis or argument on the table for consideration. Then you’ll go on to do one or two of the following:
- Criticize that argument or thesis
- Offer counter-examples to the thesis
- Defend the argument or thesis against someone else’s criticism
- Offer reasons to believe the thesis
- Give examples which help explain the thesis, or which help to make the thesis more plausible
- Argue that certain philosophers are committed to the thesis by their other views, though they do not come out and explicitly endorse the thesis
- Discuss what consequences the thesis would have, if it were true
- Revise the thesis in the light of some objection
You’ll conclude by stating the upshot of your discussion. (For instance, should we accept the thesis? Should we reject it? Or should we conclude that we don’t yet have enough information to decide whether the thesis is true or false?)
No matter which of these aims you set for yourself, you have to explicitly present reasons for the claims you make. You should try to provide reasons for these claims that might convince someone who doesn’t already accept them.
- A good philosophy response is modest and makes a small point; but it makes that point clearly and straightforwardly, and it offers good reasons in support of it
People very often attempt to accomplish too much in a philosophy response. The usual result of this is a response that’s hard to read, and which is full of inadequately defended and poorly explained claims. So don’t be over-ambitious. Don’t try to establish any earth-shattering conclusions in your response. Done properly, philosophy moves at a slow pace.