Response Papers, Philosophy 1301 San Antonio College, Spring 2015
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Response Papers. Part 1: Each week you will be given a philosophical argument by a fictitious philosopher named Credo. You should carefully read Credo's argument and critically evaluate it, and compose your response to Credo's argument in an email before the due date. Only one late response 1 will be accepted (use your late paper pass that I email you)
You have two ways to send your answer to me:
a) Send it to me at with the following written in the subject line: Your name, Response Number. Make sure you include your name also in the body of your email response (this helps me with grading). Please type your response in the body of your email. If you write your response in a Microsoft Word document (to have a more permanent record of it), please just copy and paste the text to the body of the email you send.
b) Use Canvas to submit your assignment (see the "Assignment" section in Canvas)

Response Papers. Part 2Each week there will be a set of chosen "best" responses posted on our class webpage ( You have the option of responding to 6 of these (from different weeks), or just 3 (in which case you will have to do the final paper).

In particular, your Part 2 response should conform to the following guidelines:

Send any questions you have about the above to me - no need to guess!


Part 1 and 2 responses will be graded on the following criteria:

Paper shows clearly in writing that the author has read and considered the original argument and considered arguments both for and against that position (remember, I can't judge what you have considered if you do not put it down in writing, Philosophy instructors are not mind readers!). (40%)

Your response shows a good-faith attempt to incorporate vocabulary, terms and concepts learned in class. In particular, for Part 1 responses, you are to identify where the logical fallacy of the week appears, make sure you clearly do so. (40%)

Your response is proof read, checked for grammar and spelling errors, and not hastily written at the last moment and complies with the written instructions. (20%)
Finally - I DO NOT grade papers according to whether they agree or disagree with what I personally have concluded or believe, but rather to the extent that they clearly exhibit philosophical and logical thinking and show good faith attempts to incorporate concepts, arguments and vocabulary learned in class.