Philosophical Essay



Philosophical Essay: You will write a two-part 5-6-page essay using our Library

Guide for PHIL101 and our Online Library to answer one of the following


Please be sure to carefully read the syllabus assignment instruction for the

Philosophical Essay Part 2.

2. If God exists, is murder immoral? Can those who do not believe in God be

highly moral people? Can people who practice different religions agree about

how to resolve a moral disagreement?

Building off of the Thesis Statement, and Resources that you submitted in Week 4,

the entire 5-6 page (excluding Works Cited) Philosophical Essay Part 2 is due by

11:55 pm, ET, Sunday of Week 7, and will be graded according to the rubric


Essay Part 2: At the end of week 7 the entire 5-6 page (excluding the Works Cited

page) Philosophical Essay

is due and will be graded according to the following rubric categories. Remember

that the final essay requires a

Works Cited page rather than an Annotated Bibliography

Grading Rubric for Part 2: Complete Philosophical Essay

Due at the end of Week 7 Points

Purpose: The writing engages the reader with an insightful approach to the subject

through a

clear presentation of complex and interrelated ideas. The writing fully, accurately,

and clearly

identifies the relevant issues in the question.

Support: The writing develops ideas through careful explanations which are

supported by

reliable and relevant evidence based on appropriate University level research.

Claims are

supported and explained rather than simply asserted. Quotes and examples are used

appropriately to support ideas and claims, and the student demonstrates them

understanding of

the primary texts and authors through direct quotes and citation of that primary

texts and

authors. Secondary sources should be used sparingly, as supporting evidence, and

only after

demonstrated familiarity with the primary sources. The essay is written in the third


objective voice, rather than in the first person “I” subjective voice. The purpose of

the essay is

to offer an original thesis on the chosen subject/topic, supported by primary source


rather than repeat what other authors have said about the chosen subject/topic.

Organization, Clarity, and Formatting: The writing flows smoothly and reasonably

from a

well-defined thesis. Ideas and concepts are fully developed, clear, and organized.

Main ideas

are not lost in surrounding supporting evidence. The essay is formatted in MLA

style and

adheres to the additional guidelines detailed in the syllabus.

Syntax, Style, Grammar: The writing contains sentences that are always complete


grammatically correct, and free of confusion and ambiguity.





Notes on Student Resources, Assignment Labeling, Formatting, and Submitting:

a. APUS has many excellent online resources and tutorials for college

research/essay writing, proper

citation using uses MLA style, general layout, etc. All of these resources and can

be found by

accessing our Library Guide for PHIL101. You must be logged into the Online

Library for all links

to work.

c. Submit written assignments as Microsoft Word .doc or .docx files only, and with

your last name and

the assignment title. For example: Smith Essay Part 1.

d. Format your Philosophical Essay using MLA guidelines (see Citation and

Reference Style). All

papers should be double spaced and written in Times New Roman 12-point font.

Papers should

include indented paragraphs, no extra space between paragraphs, and 1 inch

margins on all 4 sides.

Keep quotes from sources to 2-3 lines and no more than 10-20% of the paper; this

is especially

relevant with regard to secondary sources. Never let your secondary sources take

over or make your

argument for you.

e. File Names: Please label all file attachments in the following manner: Your last


Title (i.e., Smith_Philosophical Essay Part 2).

f. Sources: Use only scholarly articles and books found through databases in the

APUS and other

libraries. If you must go outside of these academic sources, let me know so we can

review together.

In general, keep quotes to no more than 2-3 lines in these relatively short papers.

Sources that

should never be used in your research and writing include the following:

Wikipedia. Any essay writing web sites and web sites that have [.k12] in their


Study sites or aids such as Pink Monkey,,,,,,,,,,,, and many  others like


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