Response Papers, Philosophy 1301 San Antonio College, Spring 2015
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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 and send it to me at with the following written in the subject line: Your name, Response Number. Late responses are not accepted.

I will read each response and pick out 3 – 5 of the best responses, and those will be posted anonymously on our class webpage and emailed to all students . You may earn 2.5 points extra credit if your response is chosen from the initial set of replies.

Part 2: When you receive the chosen responses, you need to choose one response and argue for it or against it by providing additional reasons to accept the argument or reasons to reject the argument. This part of the assignment requires you to turn in an actual paper rather than an email.
You must do this for one of the chosen topics for  6 different weekly responses.
Each Part 2 response will have a due date, and late responses or responses not typed will not be accepted and only one Part 2 response may be turned in per week.

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 responses will be graded on the following criteria:

Paper shows clearly in writing that the author has read and considered Credo's argument and considered arguments both for and against Credo's 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!)

Your response shows a good-faith attempt to incorporate vocabulary, terms and concepts learned in class.

Your response is proof read, checked for grammar and spelling errors, and not hastily written at the last moment.

Part 2 responses will be graded on the following criteria:

The same criteria as above with the addition that your paper clearly conforms to the paper guidelines listed above.
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.