Socrates Philosophical

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Essay Part 1: At the end of week 4 you will turn in (1) a clearly articulated thesis statement, and (2) a selected list of appropriate sources using our Library Guide for PHIL101 and our Online Library, as indicated below:

  • Identify at least one encyclopedia, or similar work, providing a big picture overview of key issues your topic needs to address.
  • Identify at least one secondary source, an interpretive work, addressing your which was written by someone other than the philosophers identified in your topic.  This secondary source should be located through the journal article database available in the APUS Online Library, where contemporary philosophical articles pertaining to your topic, can be located.   For instance, use EBSCO’s Academic Search Elite.  This is a searchable database of scholarly articles from many academic disciplines, including philosophy.  It should be used to locate contemporary scholarly articles pertaining to epistemology, perception, Locke, etc.  It also contains the full text of many of the articles.
  • Identify at least one primary source, from a major philosopher identified in your topic choice. Be sure that the primary source selected pertains to the issues raised by your topic.

Explain briefly how the content of each source will assist you with your Philosophical Essay Assignment. Provide a complete reference in MLA style for each work selected.   

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. 

Philosophical Essay – You will write a two-part 5-6 page essay (excluding the Works Cited page) using our Library Guide for PHIL101 and our Online Library to answer one of the following questions:

1.  According to Socrates, must one heed popular opinion about moral matters?  Does Socrates accept the fairness of the laws under which he was tried and convicted?  Would Socrates have been wrong to escape?


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