Note in Introduction: Hey Key, this outline is taken directly from Nally’s slides (see here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xgxAFisAQCSCHhGXmfGPBG6-Ff_pLdQIihpnUe1_Xvs/edit?usp=sharing), this is the type of paper she wants, plain and simple. When you return a paper that looks like this one, complete with the headings that she gives: Introduction, Reconstruction, Analysis, Objections and Replies, Conclusion, you will have submitted a paper that will, regardless of your stylistic talent, earn you a passing grade. Do not do anything fancy, do not add in another source that muddles the philosophy, just stick to Plato and play around with the arguments that he gives you. I know that you can do this, but it will absolutely require you to read Glaucon’s challenge in Book II of the Republic several times. Feel free to send the sections to me as you complete them, and I will try to give you feedback on them.
Identify the x: Glaucon’s challenge; set the scene by paraphrasing the end of Republic Book I and opening of Book II, i.e. what is Socrates discussing (the nature of Justice), with whom (Thrasymachus then Glaucon), what is the argument (that Justice is what type of good?)
Thesis for treating x: Do you agree with Socrates that Justice is X type of good (Glaucon discusses 3 kinds) or do you have an argument for why it is one and not the other, or, perhaps, none of the above?
Procedure statement: How does the rest of this paper play our? First, I reconstruct the argument, then analyze its merits according to (thesis you present [see I.B above]), then address potential objections or replies to your own analysis (i.e. why would someone dispute what you claim), then I make my conclusion (give a 1 paragraph summary of the argument and your thesis).
Reconstruction: Read Book II of Republic with a pen or pencil in hand or word document open, write out or type the argument as it appears along with pg. # and/or margin # (e.g.: Republic Book II, pg. 998, 2.359B). This is mission critical, if you do not do this you will continue having trouble understanding the argument, rewriting it verbatim will help when you put it in your own words. I recommend a word doc/google doc because you can easily remove pieces you feel comfortable putting in your own words.
Analysis: Here is where you critically examine the argument as presented in relation to your thesis (see I.B). Does it hold water? Are you supportive or critical of the argument? Do you see any potential problems?
Objections and Replies:
This is a section where you look at your analysis from the point of view of a review. What would someone else think of how you explained the problem?
Keep it simple, give a one paragraph summary of your paper, the argument, your thesis, analysis, and the conclusion you arrive at concerning the argument, do you support, are you against, etc.?
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