What is substance dualism?

Published by Jeannie R. Ferrell

Nov 18, 2022


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All essays should use the following format:
• The font: 12 times new roman
• Double spaced
• one inch margins left and right, top and bottom.
• Citations should conform to the MLA or APA format.
• The Cover page should include: Name, title of the course, and the date.
• The first Page for each essay for each essay should have a topic heading.
For example, the first essay may have the topic heading: What is substance dualism? What is Cartesian mind body dualism? Why is dualism problematic? This will be your topic heading for the first essay.
• Do not make use of Header information at the top of the page (such as name, course and date). Your name, course title and date should appear on the cover page.
a. Your responses should utilize concepts and/or arguments found in the assigned readings and lecture material. Make use of those ideas, concepts or arguments that you find to be relevant to your discussion.
b. You can also offer your own thoughts in response to the philosophical topic, but make certain your thoughts are materially relevant to the selected: topic/philosopher/assigned reading/ lecture material. But, just try to remember, philosophical thoughts or ideas are not personal feeling, or a personal state of being. In other words, avoid personal psycho-autobiographies. Such a line of thinking is simply not relevant to demonstrating a critical understanding of the concepts and/or arguments under consideration. It is important to keep in mind that philosophical insights presented in an essay should not morph into some sort of autobiography. Oftentimes, such anecdotes can be misleading and typically end up introducing ‘red herrings’.
• Summary :
• Restate the philosopher’s argument in your own words.
• Be careful to identify:
o The central problem or issue the philosopher seeks to address
o Key concepts or ideas essential to the philosopher’s argument
o Steps in the philosopher’s argument
• In addition to providing a summary, the paper should offer an explanation of the philosopher’s reasoning. So, the paper should add points you have crafted to illuminate the author’s intentions. Your responses should utilize concepts and/or arguments found in the assigned readings and lecture material. In other words, you can also offer your own thoughts in response to the question. However, just make certain your thoughts are relevant to the topic, concepts, and arguments at hand.
• Make use of those ideas, concepts or arguments that you find to be relevant to your discussion.
Essay Exam
Your work for this assignment must be in one of the following formats: (a) Microsoft office word doc. Or (b) RTF Rich text file,
Part I Chapter 7: Ethics 200 points
Part II Chapter 8: Justice 200 points
To complete the Essay Exam 3 assignment, students must write one essay for part I and one essay for part II.
Part I: Ethics
(200 points)
Instructions for part I:
Write an essay on one of the topics listed below. Select only one topic. Do not write an essay which ‘combines two or more topics. The minimum length for the essay is two full typed pages. The maximum length is four full typed pages.
1. Outline the steps that take Immanuel Kant to the Categorical Imperative. What are the three formulations of the Categorical Imperative? Why are they important?
2. What is Jeremy Bentham’s principle of utility? Why does he consider it to be the supreme principle of morality? And how would one go about applying it? Do you think the principle of utility is correct? Why or why not?
3. What are some significant criticisms of Bentham’s utilitarianism? And how does John Stuart Mill respond? Mill’s attempt to save utilitarianism form its critics relies on an argument in which he seeks to distinguish higher and lower pleasures. What are the higher pleasures? What faculties do such pleasures rely upon? What are the lower pleasures? What faculties do they rely upon? Mill tells us that not all pleasures are qualitatively the same. What is the qualitative difference?
4. Discuss Aristotle’s analysis of the unique function of man. What part does this play in his understanding of happiness?
5. What is the principle of utility? How does Bentham define ‘the good’? What are the problems that come with Bentham’s formulation of Utilitarianism, and why?
Part II: Justice
(200 points)
Instructions for part II:
Write an essay on one of the topics listed below. Select only one topic. Do not write an essay which ‘combines two or more topics. The minimum length for the essay is two full typed pages. The maximum length is 4 full typed pages.
1. Discuss Hobbes’s view on the state of nature. How does it result in the formation of the social contract? According to Hobbes, what is the main function of morality and the social contract?
2. Recall John Rawls’s two principles of justice. Give a short argument detailing how those two principles might be derived from his “original position.” Rawls insisted that, for the derivation to work, individuals must be self-interested and rational. Explain why this is so.
3. Discuss Aristotle’s approach to justice in The Nicomachean Ethics. What are some vital distinctions between justice in the restricted sense of righting certain wrongs and justice as the more general concern for a well-balanced and reasonable society. What is the role of the unjust man in the argument?


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