Pose a philosophical question/problem and analyze it in either a dialogue, recorded for submission, or an analytic essay. To analyze the question/problem, you should employ the “toolkit” to identify and explain the important elements of it, including definitions of key terms and concepts, assumptions involved in the question or in claims about it, a variety of main claimsmade in response to the question (such as a conclusion or thesis), reasons to support those main claims, the implications of those claims, examples that illustrate claims or aspects of the problem, and evidence that supports those main claims. You do not have to reach a conclusion or an agreement, but should make some progress through your analysis of the problem/question (see Jackson, “Gently Socratic Inquiry,” pages 9-10 for examples of what progress is).

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