Identify a specificreason for advocating (or opposing) one of the rival positions central to the debate

After choosing a debate, you should start your research by exploring the required readings until you identify a specificreason for advocating (or opposing) one of the rival positions central to the debate. • Next—before you start writing your actual paper—you should use the specific factors you’ve identified to construct a rationally explicit argument which provides logical support for the position you intend to advocate (or poses a logical challenge for the position you intend to oppose). More precisely, you should design the argument so it conforms with the proper premiseconclusion logical form, making it much easier for you to objectively assess both the logical force of the main inference and the independent credibility of each key premise. • Once you’ve specified the logical structure of your main argument, you’ll be ready to outline your paper. Your outline will be most effective if you use it to (1)distinguish each of the major sections in the paper, (2) summarize the key claims you plan to argue for in each section, and (3) specify an exact order both for the sections and for the key claims within each section. If your outline is well-designed, you’ll be able to use it as an abstract map of the logical organization of your complete paper, making it much easier for you to keep track of the paper’s overall argumentative trajectory as you traverse back and forth, section to section, during the writing stage. • The content of your paper will primarily be assessed in terms of how well you (1) identify and explain the important philosophical issues at stake in your debate, (2) compare and contrast the various positions defended and criticized by the opposing authors, and(3) explicitly formulate a logically compelling argument that justifies the position you endorse (or undermines the position you oppose).

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