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Discuss Plato’s concept of justice – Why should we be just?

Discuss Plato’s concept of justice – Why should we be just?

Detailed Info on the Course Requirements

  • Term Paper (30 % of the final grade: 25 points): All students are required to write and submit a term paper. The paper should be 5-6 pages, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and in a 12-point font, Chicago style of format.

 

The paper is to be an exposition and a critical evaluation of Plato’s theory of Justice in the Republic, ‘Why Should We Be Just?’ This paper should discuss Plato’s concept of justice starting from Book 1. The paper should include at least two blocked citations of 4-5 single-spaced lines accompanied with a detailed explanation justifying its support for the thesis.

 

The paper should be original, based on the reading of the Republic we cover in class. The quoted passage should be indented and single-spaced. Students must identify all sources used in writing their papers in Chicago style of format.

 

Citing a word or a short phrase in the middle of a sentence should be accompanied with a detailed explanation of why it is cited in the middle of a sentence.

 

The Turnitin similarity scores should not go above 40.  Papers with higher than 40 similarity scores will not be accepted.

 

A SHORT GUIDELINE FOR YOUR TERM PAPER

 

The term paper must have THREE PARTS:

 

(1) An Introduction should introduce the reader to the paper with a clear indication of

what your paper is about and what its specific topic and orientation is. Concretely, this must include:

 

  • A statement of the issue you are dealing with,
  • A statement of why the issue is important, and
  • A statement of the main thesis of your paper (a thesis is a statement of an important but non-obvious truth for which you will offer strong reasons; your thesis is the answer you give to the main question at issue);
  • A roadmap of how you will proceed in arguing for your thesis.

 

(2) Development of the Argument: You must provide strong and well-organized evidence for your thesis. You will need to reconstruct—which means expose in such a way that a person who has not read the material in question can understand it—the main arguments you are dealing with. Then you must critically these argument in an objective, careful, and detailed way. The bulk of your paper should consist in this detailed reconstruction and evaluation.

 

(3) A Conclusion: A good conclusion includes not only a good summary of the argument which has been developed but also recognition of the limitations of the argument and an invitation to ongoing conversation on the issue at stake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Scoring Rubric

 

  Excellent/Good (5-4) Acceptable (3.9-3) Unsatisfactory (2.9-0)
Introductory part/conclusion The topic/issue of the paper and its importance and relevance are well formulated. The thesis is clearly formulated. The road map is well described.

The conclusion captures how the thesis is effectively supported.

The topic/issue of the paper and its importance and relevance are partially stated. The thesis is introduced, but not clearly stated. The road map is not articulated clearly or appropriately.

The conclusion repeats the thesis without articulation of the supporting reasoning.

Introduction part lacks many of the necessary components of a good introductory part. Conclusion is barely there.
Solid understanding

 

The paper reflects a correct understanding of the material and presents an insightful interpretation. The paper includes correct understanding of the material without much insightful interpretation. The paper is based on incorrect understanding of the material .
Persuasive reasoning to support the thesis/organization The thesis is well supported by strong textual evidence in the body. The argument presented is clear and persuasive.

The transition between paragraphs is logical and flowing.

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The argument presented in the body is acceptable, but not strong enough to support the thesis.

The transition between paragraphs is awkward, but paragraphs are interrelated.

The thesis is not effectively supported by the textual evidence. The argument is weak.

The transition between paragraphs is illogical.

Format of style, and citations/ Grammar and clarity of writing The Chicago manual of style is correctly and consistently employed in footnotes and bibliography.

One blocked citation of 3-5 lines support the thesis effectively. Detailed and correct explanation of the passage is accompanied

 

The Chicago manual of style is partly employed in footnotes and bibliography.

A passage cited from the reading is not strongly supporting the thesis.

Some statements are not in accordance with correct grammar.

The Chicago manual of style is not employed in footnotes and bibliography.

There is no supporting evidence of citation from the reading.

There are many grammatical errors.

Originality/creativity The reasoning shows original thoughts/insights in writing the paper and in interpretation of Plato’s theory. The reasoning shows some originality/creativity in the thesis/organization /understanding Plato’s theory. The paper does not much show author’s original thoughts and understanding of Plato’s theory.

 

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