Paper #2: Critical Response
Due: TBA through InSite.
Length and Format: The paper should be at least 1200 words and should not exceed 1,500 words. (One double-spaced page of 12-point Times New Roman font is about 300 words.) It should be formatted according to MLA guidelines. Assignment Description: Write an in-depth critical response to one of the following articles on contemporary ethics: §
“Censorship: A Personal View” by Judy Blume (pp. 317-22) §
“The Singer Solution to World Poverty” by Peter Singer (pp. 323-29) In a good critical response, you develop an original argument on a topic by working through your agreements and disagreements with someone else’s argument. If you mostly agree with the argument you are responding to, you explain how and why you agree but then take the argument into new territory by expanding on it, reformulating it, applying it within a different context, or exploring its hidden implications. (For an example of a critical response that starts from a point of agreement, see the sample paper that begins on page 381 of your textbook). If you mostly disagree, you explain how and why you disagree and then explore the implications of that disagreement. In either case, you should end up with an original and compelling argument on contemporary ethics. Sources: The main source for this paper is the article that you are responding to, but you should also reference at least one credible newspaper or news magazine source (not a general reference source) that helps you develop your argument. All sources must be listed on a works cited page formatted according to MLA guidelines. Rhetorical Situation: You participate in an online academic discussion group that focuses on ethical issues in contemporary society, and the group has recently decided to create web content that will make intelligent conversations on contemporary ethics accessible to a more general reading public. One part of the web page will include original...
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