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This journal assignment corresponds with Chapter 4 of the textbook; but you may also wish to consult your guided notes, module activities, and discussion board posts from modules 6 and 7 as you write this journal entry. Please also review your first journal entry (in Module 2) as this journal entry will follow the ‘Process of Critical Thinking’ that you used to discuss a philosophical question for that entry. If you need to review that process, you may consult section 1.3 of the textbook (and specifically pages 12-15). You’ll remember these steps of the process (below). Please pay attention to the notes I have added and highlighted below.
State your initial point of view.
Define your point of view more clearly.
Give an example of your point of view.
Explore the origin of your point of view.
Identify your assumptions.
Offer the reasons, evidence, and arguments that support your point of view. [this should be a very well-developed, and very thorough section of your journal entry and you should use arguments and evidence that we’ve worked through in the modules]
Consider other points of view. [Note: this means counter-arguments to your position. This should be a very well-developed, and very thorough section of your journal entry and you should use arguments and evidence that we’ve worked through in the modules]
Arrive at a conclusion, decision, solution, or prediction.
Consider the consequences.
You will work through this process for the philosophical question or problem of human freedom now that we have explored this topic in detail in Chapter 4. You will use the nine-step process to write your journal entry but please pay attention to the notes/suggestions highlighted above.
In your journal entry, your aim is to use this process to explore your own thought on the problem of human freedom after thinking through the material in Chapter 4 of our textbook. Thus, for step 1, you are to explain your position on human freedom. You must state which of the theories we examined you believe to be correct (determinism, compatibilism, indeterminism, or libertarianism). You must incorporate the arguments, evidence, and ideas that we’ve explored in the modules to support your view (in Step 6). For Step 7, you may wish to include the challenges of feminism or neuroscience, or you may prefer to look at the challenges that one of the other theories presents to your view. You may also do a combination! Make sure that steps 6 and 7 include plenty of material from the chapter to show that you’ve considered the material in developing your viewpoint.
You may structure your journal entry in nine paragraphs (one for each step listed above with steps/paragraphs 6 and 7 being the most substantial) or you may wish to combine several elements together in a longer, more-developed paragraph. For this option, please follow this outline:
Paragraph 1: Steps 1, 2, and 3
Paragraph 2: Steps 4 and 5
Paragraph 3: Step 6 (well-developed section)
Paragraph 4: Step 7 (well-developed section)
Paragraph 5: Steps 8 and 9
TextBook: The Philosopher’s Way, 5th Edition By: John Chaffee
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