Narrative, Thought Experiments, and Cases: Essay Structure
- Find your case/scene.
- Determine the facts from the case/scene.
- Determine the suggested outcome (if any) by the author.
- Determine which character you will be or comment on.
- Write Intro (stating pro or con if a suggested outcome is in the case. If there is no suggested outcome, then state roughly where you will go)
- Set out the key practical facts of the case.
- Set out the key moral, epistemological, metaphysical, and/or aesthetic issues. (There should be at least 3.)
- Apply the three relevant moral, epistemological, metaphysical, and/or aesthetic issues to solve the case or to resolve the problem and go through your solution in an introspective fashion.
- Conclusion (significance and general import of this policy that guided your solutionâ€”both abstractly and concretely from an actual case in the world today).
Criteria for Grading:
- Is the essay written from a clear standpoint that reflects the personal worldview of the central character chosen?
- Does the essay engage and develop relevant practical, professional, and ethical principles?
- Is there an analysis of the embeddedness of the practical, professional, and ethical principles?
- Is there a connection to an ethical theory, epistemological, metaphysical, or aesthetic principle? Is the connection adequately developed?
- Is the context of the personal and shared community worldviews set out?
- Is there a clear conclusion to the conundrum of the case resolved in a decisive way that is supported by developed argumentation?
ESSAYS ARE TO BE IN TWELVE POINT TYPE AND DOUBLE SPACED.
5 pages (around 300 words per page).