Philosophical Analysis – 6 pages (1800 words)

Within the 6 pages you must describe how morals play a role in how you choose from making a right or wrong choice.

Please find the specified amount of scholarly sources and provid a bibliography as well.

Your essay will be a thorough explanation of each theoretical standpoint and its reasoning, illustrated and supported by summaries, paraphrases, and quotations from your sources, including in many cases the words of the relevant philosophers, themselves. Make sure to document these sources, using in-text citations keyed to your Works Cited list, and adding sources more generally consulted in a Works Consulted list. Remember to remain generally objective and balanced (neutral) in your presentations of all the theories. Avoid the appearance of favoritism or skepticism in your presentations; you are here reporting and explaining these theories and their rationales to your readers, not yet taking sides–that will come in your Synthesis-Argument / Resolution of the Problem (SA#4). However, it would not be amiss to provide a brief evaluation of the plausibility (reasonableness) of each theory after you have presented it–a sort of preview of problems and objections that you will consider at more length in the next and final section of your Composite Research Paper. We’ll call these previews the Preliminary Assessments, but they should be brief, and more like objective assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of each theory than full-scale criticisms; again, those will come later. At the end of your analysis of the complete range of theories, write a brief paragraph preview-ing what you intend to do in SA#4 and how you intend to go about it; this is your Transition.


Required Format in Outline Form: (for your guidance only–a written outline is not required)

III. Philosophical Analysis

A. Brief Introductory Remarks (Remind readers of your purpose and method for this part,

and preview the major theories that you will cover here.)

B. First Theory (Present according to increasing Importance? Chronology? Plausibility?)

1. Presentation of Theory, Associated Philosophers, and Explanation of Reasoning

(Make sure that you explain the Theory and its reasoning thoroughly before launching

into your Preliminary Assessment. I want more than a simple definition here.)

2. Preliminary Assessment (Evaluate plausibility of theory as objectively as possible)

a. Strengths (What points or arguments seem most reasonable or plausible?)

b. Weaknesses (What points or arguments seem unreasonable or implausible?)

3. Transition to Next Theory (Use weaknesses or objections to lead into alternate theory)

C. Second Theory (Presentation plus Preliminary Assessment and Transition, as above)

D. Third Theory (Presentation plus Preliminary Assessment and Transition)

E. Fourth Theory (etc: as many theories as required for a thorough treatment of your topic)

F. Brief Concluding Remarks and Transition to Synthesis-Argument / Resolution

G. Works Cited list and Works Consulted list

Note: The above divisions for the Theories should represent separate paragraphs for each

one. If the Preliminary Assessments/Transitions are substantial, they also should

probably be separate paragraphs, but try to avoid going into too much detail here.