Reaction Paper 1 Due Sunday by 11:59pm Points 10 Submitting a text entry box or a file upload Attempts 0 Allowed Attempts 2 Available Jun 15 at 12am – Jun 28 at 11:59pm 14 days Your first Reaction Paper is aimed at evaluating what you have learned about the theories of truth, in light of the problems you came to understand in the Critical Thinking module. So, think about the problems that are inherent in trying to be critical in our thinking – for that problem leads to the discussion on theories of truth. Imagine yourself as a bystander listening to Socrates and Euthyphro talk, or consider trying to decide whether a “news” story you come across on line is actually true. Think about how would be able to know what is true and what is false. With that in mind, answer the following prompt: Briefly list the Pro’s and Cons for each of the three Theories of Truth that we studied in Module B (Plato, Locke and Hume), and then argue for which one you think is the best. Make the evaluation (pros and cons) of the two you did not choose rather brief, and concentrate on the one you chose as best. Even if you have another option, or find none of them “best” or what to say the best is a blend of several theories, I want to see how well you can evaluate the assigned material, so do choose one and argue for it – even if it isn’t your favorite. As a reminder – here is the advice that the syllabus stated: Reaction Papers: You will be asked to write short summary papers of about 3 – 5 pages in length which will test your understanding of a given topic after you have read it, been quizzed on it, and discussed it. You are therefore expected to be an “expert” on the material by the time you begin to write, and will be pulling things together on the assumption that you understand the pieces. They are thus intended to encourage you to keep thinking about and coming to understand a topic over a longer period of development. These papers will be graded on both style and content. The former will include things like how well it reads, how clear it is, and whether it is organized and structured. The latter is basically how well you engage the text. By “engaging the text” I mean that you should let the text talk for you – that is, develop your opinions from the thinker’s ideas. It is more important in this course to grapple with the ideas of the thinkers than express your own opinions. The latter is, of course, easier – but the point of this course is for you to deal with new ideas. It is great to make connections to your own perspectives, but first and foremost you want to demonstrate that you have read and understood the text. That is the major thing I am looking for – the footprint of the text in your paper. So, it is important to be able to understand the material and to express that understanding clearly. If you are not good at writing short essays, you should seek additional help. The point of my lectures is to explicate the text, and to help you to understand what you read, but do not quote them or refer to them – refer to the text in your paper. Hence, for the best grade, the papers must include references to the text (a quote a two) and must not refer to what I have said in class. Rubric Reaction Papers Reaction Papers Criteria Ratings Pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar Your paper should be grammatically perfect. You should do a proofread of your work to catch any little issues before you submit. Good grammar is a useful skill in life as it shows your are professional and that you care about the quality of your work. 2.0 pts Full Marks A “2” means your paper is fine, and mistake free. 1.0 pts Proofread A “1” means you should do another proofread to catch things 0.0 pts No Marks A “0” means there are too many mistakes and the paper needs revision. 2.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEngagement of the text In the syllabus (under the advice parts) “engaging the text” was mentioned and defined. It means that your answers are based on the assigned readings. “Based on” means understanding the readings, but also referring to them and quoting them. You want to make it seem like the “text is talking” when you write, and should include 2 or 3 quotes in a paper and cite them. That is the hallmark of a scholar. 3.0 pts Full Marks It is obvious that the paper adheres to the assigned text, and provides several supporting quotes and references. 2.0 pts Some Engagement There is a quote but the paper could use more grounding in the assigned reading. 1.0 pts Needs More Engagement The paper shows at least some very basic influence of the text, or relies on the video lectures. 0.0 pts No engagement The paper has no visible connections to the assigned readings 3.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeKnowledge of material Knowledge of material means that the paper shows that the author understood the assigned readings and thought about them. Ideally, the quotes and references from the text are in relation to key and relevant aspects as befit the assignment. 3.0 pts Full Marks The paper demonstrates great understanding and facility with the assigned materials. 2.0 pts Adequate Knowledge The paper generally keeps with the ideas of the material but misses some aspects or confuses things a bit 1.0 pts Maybe review the materials This paper shows a lack of understanding of the major ideas of the material. 0.0 pts No Marks This paper did not show familiarity with the assigned materials. 3.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeInsight Insight means that the paper shows some creative or deeper thinking. It shows that the issues were contemplated on a deeper level and shows their true significance. 2.0 pts Full Marks The paper demonstrates creativity, originality and deep thinking 1.0 pts A good idea or two The paper does an adequate job in answering the question, but maybe a bit more rumination time could help with a deeper perspective. 0.0 pts No Marks This paper showed little insight and/or simply tried to answer the question on the simplest level 2.0 pts Total Points: 10.0
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