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
clear presentation of complex and interrelated ideas. The writing fully, accurately,
identifies the relevant issues in the question.
Support: The writing develops ideas through careful explanations which are
reliable and relevant evidence based on appropriate University level research.
supported and explained rather than simply asserted. Quotes and examples are used
appropriately to support ideas and claims, and the student demonstrates them
the primary texts and authors through direct quotes and citation of that primary
authors. Secondary sources should be used sparingly, as supporting evidence, and
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
well-defined thesis. Ideas and concepts are fully developed, clear, and organized.
are not lost in surrounding supporting evidence. The essay is formatted in MLA
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
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.
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
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
In general, keep quotes to no more than 2-3 lines in these relatively short papers.
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
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