Assignment length: 500-750 words (not counting title, prompt #, date, name, citations).
Format: double-spaced, size 11 or 12 font, page numbers at bottom right
Title: At the top of your paper, simply put a title, your chosen prompt #, your name, and the date of submission.
Late policy: For each calendar day that your paper is late, I will deduct one third of a letter grade. So, an A paper that is one day late will receive an A-, and so on.
For this paper, you must write on one of the prompts below. Do not utilize any material outside of course material. The point of this assignment is for you to practice and get used to clear and concise philosophical writing and to be able to charitably and cogently present and evaluate a particular argument.
Prompts: Select one of the following author/argument combos. In your essay,
(i) reconstruct the author’s argument concisely as cogently as you can, with an eye toward making the reader see why a reasonable person might find the argument convincing;
(ii) consider what you think is the strongest objection to the argument—remember, an objection is itself an argument, it’s an argument for thinking that the initial argument actually fails;
(iii) offer what you think is the best possible response to the objection.
Prompt topic 1: The argument for theism from the argument from cosmological fine-tuning, according to Roger White.
Prompt topic 2: The argument against God due to the problem of evil, according to Louise Antony (choose one of the versions of the problem of evil in Antony’s paper).
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