You must first explain the author’s argument then give a step by step argument explaining why you think the argument is plausible or implausible. If you defend the argument you must explain a possible objection (problem) and explain why the author would be able to respond to it. If you attack the argument you must also explain a possible objection and explain why the authorâ€™s argument cannot respond to the objection.
Note: You may also create a ‘middle of the road’ position by showing that the author can respond to part of, but not all of, the objection.
Do not draw from secondary sources. This is your opportunity to DO philosophy. Use only the sources we have covered in class and your own insight. Be sure to cite all quotations in parentheses.
Your paper should follow this general outline:
1.An introductory paragraph explaining what you plan to do in the essay. Make sure you include a thesis statement in this paragraph.
2. In the next paragraph(s) clearly explaining the authorâ€™s argument. Simply stating the argument is not thorough enough. The use of examples may be helpful.
3. The next paragraph(s) should consider a possible objection to this argument. Explain the objection and why it is problematic for the authorâ€™s argument.
4. In the next paragraph explain why you think the author either would or would not be able to respond to this objection. If you think the author can respond to it, explain how. If you think the author could not respond to the objection, explain why not.
5. Summarize the paper in a concise concluding paragraph