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Your essay needs to reference at least two different dialogues.

For your first essay, I want you to write an essay on what you think we learn – about ourselves, about philosophy, about knowledge, about life, about anything truly significant to our studies as philosophers – from Plato. The basic question of this essay is: What do we learn from Plato?
Note, I am asking you to write about what you think Plato teaches all of us, not just what you believe you personally learned from the act of reading Plato. (Though what you see as important for any reading may of course be related to what you personally gain from your reading – and it is inevitable that the two will be connected in this essay. The point is that you approach this as an analytic essay, not a personal reflection.
To do this correctly for this assignment, I want you to make sure you do the following:
Identify at least three different “things” you believe we learn from reading these dialogues. These should be related enough so that you can present a broader thesis that connects these. You can focus on one specific theme (such as knowledge) and this will likely give you a more cohesive essay.
Present each of these three in separate sections of your paper. They each need their own paragraph, at least, though you may need more than one paragraph (this partly depends on how long your paragraphs tend to be).
With each point, you need to use at least one section of the dialogues to support your position, and you need to discuss how that position is supported by that section of the text. Be sure to specifically reference which part of the text you are citing, by page and section number (if you are using a different translation or edition, make it clear which edition you are using). Do not quote directly from the text except for very short passages where the language is important. You may, of course, discuss multiple sections.
Your essay needs to reference at least two different dialogues.
In addition to having an introduction where you clearly lay out the broader thesis (argument) you are making about what we learn from Plato, you should end with a concluding paragraph (or set of paragraphs) where you show how the three points come together to support your broader thesis and explain the significance of what we learn and why you believe it is important.
You will be graded on the following criteria:
How well did you answer the question and follow the directions for the assignment? (15%)
How well did you present and explain each of the three points and how they support the broader point you are making? (15%)
How well did you support each of the points in their individual sections? (20%)
How well did you demonstrate the significance of the point you are making? (10%)
How well did you use specific examples and passages from the text to support your case? (20%)
How well did you demonstrate a broad understanding of the dialogues from Plato we have read? (10%)
How well did you compose your essay (including how well you edited your essay)? (10%)
General formatting instructions:
Do not include your name on your paper. I grade anonymously, so I do not want to know who you are when I am grading.
You may include a header if you wish. I recommend you ID#, the class information, my name, and the date.
Please do put a title at the top of the page.
Double-space your paper.
Please use paragraphing to organize you thoughts.
Make sure you cite the book when you use it. If you are using our assigned version of the text, site by page number. If not, please site by section number.
You must reference any outside sources you use and in those cases include a works cited or bibliography page.
I do not have a preferred citation system, but am very familiar with MLA, APA, and Chicago — I recommend MLA if you are trying to choose as the simplist and easiest to use.

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Discussion question: social media has introduced new questions of morality: is it moral for bosses to fire workers who insult them on websites such as facebook?

Humanities Week Six Discussion Morality and Social Media Discussion Guidelines: The main post must be posted by the third day of the school week. The main post should be 150 words or more. A response to at least two other students is required. Responses to students should address the substance of the student’s post and be 75 words or more. The three required posts must occur on separate days. Discussion Question: Social media has introduced new questions of morality: Is it moral for bosses to fire workers who insult them on websites such as Facebook? Is it moral to doctor (even slightly) a photo on a dating website such as Tinder or OK Cupid? Consider one of these questions (or chose another issue related to social media) and explain which moral system better addresses its morality: the moral absolute of Kant’s categorical imperative or moral relativism.

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Your job is to research what a particular moral philosopher would say about a certain philosophical question.

Length: 1000-1500 words Format: • double-spaced WITHOUT an extra line-space between paragraphs. o If you don’t double space, I will not leave comments or feedback on the paper. • Turabian styled o footnotes o 12-point font, standard margins, and page numbers. o works cited Instructions for writing Paper: • This is a research paper. Your job is to research what a particular moral philosopher would say about a certain philosophical question. • Selected one of the ethical questions below and one of the philosophers below and explain how the philosopher would answer the question. o Some philosophers are easier to research than others. o Some combinations are easier than others. For instance, 9+F would be much easier to research than 4+L. o You can choose a philosopher that is not on this list of ancient white men, but you should consult with me first, because I don’t want this to be harder for you than it needs to be. • You must use a minimum of ACADEMIC 3 sources. o At least 1 primary source o At least 1 secondary source • Advice: Students ALWAYS do better on their assignments when they meet with their professor at least once well before the paper is due. I have office hours. You should come see me about your paper during office hours. • Rubric for Final Paper:  Is the paper organized, i.e., name, date, class, title, etc.?  Is there a thesis statement?  Does the student thoroughly explain the philosophical question?  Does the student demonstrate thorough knowledge of the philosopher’s thought?  Does the body of the paper logically support the thesis statement?  Is there a conclusion?  Are there minimal spelling and grammar errors?

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Length: 250-500 words citation style: apa

Week 5 Written Assignment The Truth of Art Instructions: Aaron Douglas’s style “is the result of a deep-rooted belief that in trying to imitate the actual world, art-as-likeness was really falsifying the way we see that world.” Although all art is a form of imitation—whether of the actual or the imaginary world—Douglas’s belief highlights the way artists have used conflicting methods of getting to the “truth” of the world. Choose one image from early “realistic” methods of artistic representation and one image from later “art of alteration” and analyze the following: What kind of truth does each work try to achieve? What methods is each artist using to create this kind of truth? How do these methods differ from each other? Review “Renaissance Art” and “Art as Alteration” (chapter 5); “The Modern American Novel” (chapter 4). Length: 250-500 words Citation Style: APA

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As long as you express your points following a-d above, make it clear what your conclusion is and how it is separate from your premises (which are also clearly marked off from one another), and use proper grammar you will get an “a” on these assignments.

You will write two Argument Papers of 1 ½ to 2 pages. These assignments are required for this class. You should choose to identify and address an issue related to any of the topics explored in our course readings. In writing your papers you will concisely and explicitly express (a) the issue being addressed, (b) the position you are taking on the issue as you have expressed it, and (c) three primary premises in support of that position. Once you have written this “skeletal form” of the argument, you will then (d) write a paragraph length discussion/explanation of your premises and how they support your position/conclusion. The numbered premises of the skeletal argument will serve as the topic sentences for each individual paragraph of support. Use only simple declarative sentences to express the skeletal argument. You will be graded ultimately on how well you have structured and organized the parts of an argument. This is not your standard “English class” type argumentative essay assignment (you are not being asked to develop points, respond to rebuttals, or do outside research). As long as you express your points following a-d above, make it clear what your conclusion is and how it is separate from your premises (which are also clearly marked off from one another), and use proper grammar you will get an “A” on these assignments. Each paper will adhere to this format, illustrated below: Issue: Whether the influence of Enlightenment thinkers on religious thought has been positive. Position: The influence of Enlightenment thinkers on religious thought has not been positive. Premise 1: The influence of Enlightenment thinkers has led us to devalue the place of faith in religion. Premise 2: The influence of Enlightenment thinkers has led us to think that only the methods of science can lead us to true conclusions. Premise 3: The influence of Enlightenment thinkers has kept us from appreciating the place religion has historically had on society. (Paragraphs with the numbered premises as topic sentences go here.)

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How did this exercise of prayerful, heart centered engagement with scripture in romans 8:31-39 inform or shape your understanding of your identity, your context (at home, work, play, or church), or your relationship with god?

Throughout this course you have been invited to engage Romans 8:31-39 with your heart, being studied by the passage rather than trying to master it with head knowledge. You read the verses slowly and attentively four times, once each week, and recorded a response to a particular guided question on a blank piece of paper divided into four parts. Turn in the following for your vocational formation assignment grade in this course:
Upload the image of your paper with your four responses. It is fine if the responses will not make any sense to your instructor! This exercise was a practice of presence in prayer between you and God. Your instructor is only grading it for completion.
Write a 250–500-word reflection essay on this experience that addresses the following prompt:
How did this exercise of prayerful, heart centered engagement with scripture in Romans 8:31-39 inform or shape your understanding of your identity, your context (at home, work, play, or church), or your relationship with God? You are not required to reflect on all three (identity, context, and relationship with God), but you should reflect upon at least one.
Is there anything you would like to share about this practice, like a surprising or helpful insight or an opinion about the practice itself?
Keep in mind that this reflection essay is for your benefit. If you struggled, that’s okay. Reflect on why that was the case. What might you learn through that struggle? Remember that honesty is far more important than providing an answer you think others would want to hear.
The only criteria for grading will be if your response was on task.
You will also need to submit this assignment to your Vocational Formation ePortfolio in Canvas. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to create your ePortfolio. Instructions can be found here. In your assignment submission to your instructor, be sure to also include your ePortfolio link.

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Consider an intercultural relationship you have experienced.

A common challenge in the workplace is to get along with people who may be very different from yourself. Although finding common ground may be a challenge, the benefits of forming meaningful intercultural relationships and partnerships in the workplace often lead to higher creativity, innovation, and increased opportunity for the organization to grow and prosper.
Consider an intercultural relationship you have experienced. This could be at work, in school, with a client, or with a friend of extended family member. What was the role of relational learning in your experience? What were the challenges of the relationship? What were the benefits? Finally, what communication skills did you learn that you can now adapt to other intercultural situations and encounters?
Be sure to use specific examples from the reading to explain your reasoning.

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Your selection of topic should be interest driven: do not present on a topic you are already familiar with; push yourself to learn something new!

theory: Radical Freedom
You will be presenting on a truth theory of your choice. For larger classes, you will be presenting with one or two other group partners. Should you prefer to work alone, this is also possible. Your selection of topic should be interest driven: do not present on a topic you are already familiar with; push yourself to learn something new! You might want to present on a philosophy, religious theory, or scientific insight. Please make sure your selection falls within the category of Truth Theories. If you`re unsure, do ask! You will be given class time to work on your project. The rubric for this presentation is attached. The speaking time should fall between 8 and 12 minutes. You must also include an interactive element (a quiz, discussion, or interactive feature that involves the whole class).

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Make sure to explain what is similar and what is different about primary and secondary substances.

Prompt: Explain the difference between primary substance, secondary substance, and accidents. Make sure to explain what is similar and what is different about primary and secondary substances. Make sure to give examples of each of these.
My Professor made it clear that this paper is simply to show understanding of the subject and to make it boring and to the point

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A little later, he says, “an extreme, and telling, example is provided by peter galison’s (1997) account of the nature of the work in current fundamental particle physics…”

Scientific Inference – Probability and Bayesian Theory. Read pp. 574-578 in Curd, Cover & Pincock – Chalmers’ critique of Subjective Bayesianism. On page 575, Chalmers says: “…it follows that any disagreements in science, between proponents of rival research programs, paradigms or whatever, reflected in the (posterior) beliefs of scientists, must have their source in the prior probabilities held by the scientists…” A little later, he says, “An extreme, and telling, example is provided by Peter Galison’s (1997) account of the nature of the work in current fundamental particle physics…”
Explain the two criticisms of Bayesianism that Chalmers is referring to with these two comments. Why do these criticisms of “prior probabilities” make the Bayesian enterprise very troublesome? Write a 2-3 page essay in which you answer these questions. If you want, you can add your own opinion about the usefulness of Bayesian methods.