1. Choose a contemporary problem in living that presents challenges for ethics a


1. Choose a contemporary problem in living that presents challenges for ethics and reflective morality. With empirical support from your research, your essay should explain and apply insights from two or more of our philosophers that can guide us in reflecting on this contemporary ethical and practical problem, and it should show how we can resolve it together, including first steps of individuals, groups, movements, institutions, leaders, nations, and transnational organizations to take toward that goal.
2. State your own philosophical thesis in which you express you own view about how well the focal philosopher and one other thinker we have read during that part of the course can help us to understand and respond effectively to this problem for contemporary ethics and reflective morality.
Focal Philosopher for the 1st Paper: Aristotle
3. In arguing for your own philosophical thesis, accurately explain and quote one or more of the key concepts of each philosopher you discuss employs in works we have read, citing the author, title, and page number following a standard style manual (e.g., Chicago, MLA, Turabian, or MLA).
4. Find and cite trustworthy sources of empirical information to explain and support your thesis.
5. In your concluding paragraph, restate your thesis in other words and outline your action agenda.
Format and Style:
1) Start with a separate title page on which you state your word count (1,500 word limit, not including title, footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography). Be sure your title is both informative and interesting. Papers that exceed 1,500 words or do not include a word count may not be accepted.
2) As the last sentence of your introductory paragraph. state your problem-resolving thesis in a single sentence that is clear, comprehensive, and active, including who must act to resolve this problem.
3) In the body of your essay, make significant use of your philosophers—quote them—as well as your empirical evidence to explain and support your thesis. Use appropriate kinds of reasons and examples.
3) As the first sentence of your concluding paragraph, restate your thesis actively and in other works, clarifying how it guides your action agenda. In the remaining sentences of this last paragraph, specify your action agenda in terms of practical first steps that individuals, institutions, social movements, communities, nations and the international community must take to do their part in solving this problem.
4) Cite your sources of information and quotations appropriately throughout your essay (in footnotes, parenthetical citations, or endnotes) and in a separate bibliography or “works cited” page. Be sure to follow the guidelines of a standard style manual.
5) Proofread out loud for mistakes in grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, word choice.
Use this book for sources Aristotle, Ethics (London: Penguin Books).


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