Using the case study on “Dining In,” and your knowledge of our three Philosophers, Aristotle, Mill, and Kant, choose one philosopher who would agree with the solution or one who disagrees. Make a clear and precise claim for the philosopher and then using their theory, provide evidence for what they would say. Make sure to include opposition as well as a rebuttal. Make sure to include the following for this assignment;
1. Claim for your philosopher.
2. Evidence, this is where you show me that you understand a particular philosopher’s theory and you know how to apply it.
3. Opposition, this could come from one of the other philosophers or something you have thought about in terms of where someone might find a weakness in one or more of your reasons.
4. Rebuttal, make sure to then show why your opposition is wrong and that your evidence is more plausible.
Length and format are not as important as the argument you are making. If you use a source cite it. Be creative and have fun but do make sure your argument is plausible.
Here are some tips to write the paper. Some tips for you prior to you turning them in that might help you. In looking at papers over the years these are some of the most common mistakes I see in these papers. I will list them below.
1. Most lack a clear and precise claim. I need to know what you will argue for their chosen philosopher and I would prefer it is in the first person. Students often tell me a philosopher would claim “x” but have nothing from the theory that helps me to see how that is the case.
2. Because they lack a clear claim, they might have evidence but it is hard to see how it supports the claim.
3. Transitions are extremely choppy and I think this is due to a lack of clarity as well as students trying to write for academia rather than just telling me in their own words. I often tell students to write this as if they were explaining it to a fifth-grader. Writing for philosophy is quite different from English in that we just want to know very clearly what the philosopher would say and why he would say it. First-person often helps you to do this.
4. When students write about the opposition it tends to be to the claim rather than one piece of evidence or reason. I would like to see you show me which piece of evidence someone might find fault with and then show how that can be revised or how the opposition might be incorrect about that. For example, think about arguments you get into with people. Let’s say that you believe the world is round and you happen to find yourself at a flat earth conference. Of course, you both disagree on the shape of the earth, but to make the case for why the earth is round you need to provide evidence or reasons why it is not flat. Otherwise, it is going to be a shouting match of round versus flat and the argument will never be resolved. formatting,Doesnt really matter. If you use a source, cite it. Other than that, feel free to be creative. I hope that helps.
I have attached the case study on the files tab.