The Moral Society Paper. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that you have understood the assigned course readings. As you may remember from the syllabus and the introduction to your text, English 220 is an examination of “great ideas.” As a response to our discussions and our readings about many of the important concepts that have shaped western civilization, your first paper is organized around the concept of “the moral society,” which starts with you.
Plan and write a 4-6 page critical paper that uses as a thesis your view of what constitutes a moral society. Synthesize the readings with your own thoughts. Provide an explicit thesis in the introduction, organize your paragraphs in support of that thesis, give examples to back up your assertions, and edit the paper carefully. Most of all, you should just think and write. I am really curious to see your thoughts on this material. You will do fine if you consider the things we talked about in class discussions and the questions you have addressed in various ways so far in the course.
Your thesis should have an argumentative edge; it should synthesize multiple points of view from several of the readings with your own thoughts. Be sure to cite all borrowed material correctly and include a Works Cited page to avoid failure for plagiarism. Note: be sure to include accurate page numbers for full credit! Paper should be typed in MLA style, 1 inch borders, double space, Arial size 12 font. More information can be found in A Writer’s Reference and/or at the Purdue Owl website.
Option B: Philosophy and Religion What is your personal belief system? After you have thoroughly explained your view of the way the world works [or should work], describe which philosophical and religious ideas that we’ve covered correspond to your outlook, and which are antithetical to it. Obviously, your paper won’t be able to hit upon everything we have covered, but there should be several connections, as well as a few disagreements. Be sure to address both philosophy and religion in your discussion. Note: do NOT write a sermon! The point is to ENGAGE the READINGS with your own belief system!!!