University of Pittsburgh, Spring Term 1998
Philosophy 0300: Introduction to Ethics
Monday/Wednesday writing recitations
Ben Eggleston, recitation instructor

Paper Assignment no. 3

1. Rewrite your second essay (of about 4 pages) into an essay of about 5 pages. Use the extra space for two purposes: (1) to clarify and to elaborate on the argument you give in your second paper and (2) to incorporate some discussion of the views of Socrates or Callicles, as presented in Plato’s Gorgias. You should incorporate some discussion of the views of Socrates or Callicles as follows: (1) decide who (Socrates or Callicles) is more likely to object to the view you are presenting in your paper, (2) state a reasonably sensible objection that he would be likely to have, and (3) reply to this objection as well as you can.

As always, your essay should make ample use of the relevant text, not only representing the author’s views accurately, but also citing and interpreting specific passages where appropriate. It should also go into as much depth and detail as an essay of about 5 pages length can. Finally, your essay should conform to the instructions provided in “Guidelines for Writing a Philosophy Paper.” Your paper will be due at the beginning of your recitation section on Wednesday, March 11.

2. Along with this paper, turn in the graded copy of your second paper. Your third paper’s grade will be influenced, in part, by how well you respond to the advice given in my comments on your second paper, and I need to see those comments in order to judge this.