PHIL1301 HCC Contemporary Political Philosophers Analysis

PHIL1301 HCC Contemporary Political Philosophers Analysis

Below are some topic ideas to help you get started. These are only possibilities, so you are welcome to write on a topic

that is not on the list. Any philosophical topic that you find in the PowerPoints, textbook, discussion board, etc. should be

fine. Just make sure that it is philosophical in nature. If you are unsure as to whether your topic is appropriate or not, feel

free to run it by me first. Do not submit a paper that you wrote for another class. Of course, you are welcome to write on

a topic that you wrote in another class, but analyze it from a philosophical perspective for our class. A common mistake

that I see is failing to narrow down the topic sufficiently, so that one can write something meaningful in four to six pages.

In other words, some topics were way too broad.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.