University of Pittsburgh, Fall Term 1997
Philosophy 0080: Introduction to Philosophical Problems
Tuesday/Thursday writing recitations
Ben Eggleston, recitation instructor
Write an essay of 3–5 pages on the following topic. 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 3–5 pages can. Finally, your essay should conform to the instructions provided in “Guidelines for Writing a Philosophy Paper.” No rough draft is due; the final draft will be due at the beginning of your recitation section on Tuesday, November 25.
One prominent position towards the problem of free will is the doctrine of determinism, a specific version of which is propounded by Baron D’Holbach. Defend or dispute this doctrine by writing a paper that answers the following questions in an organized and coherent way: