Write an essay in which you do the following: Provide a brief introduction. Noth
Write an essay in which you do the following:
Provide a brief introduction. Nothing fancy, and get right to the point. Simply state your topic and your thesis. For example, your introduction could be one sentence, like this: “In this paper I will explain moral relativism and divine command theory, and then argue that moral relativism is more plausible than divine command theory.”
Explain moral relativism. Be sure to distinguish individual from cultural relativism, and explain each version. Be clear, detailed, and neutral.
Explain divine command theory. Again, Be clear, detailed, and neutral. From these two sections, the reader should not know whether you agree or disagree with these theories.
Evaluate both theories. Evaluating a theory means (1) saying whether you think the theory is true or false (or probably true or false), and then (2) supporting your opinion with reasons and arguments.
Length: At least 600 words. Longer is okay, but try not to go over 1000 words.
Format: Please use 12pt font and 1-inch margins.
Structure: Use section headings. I recommend using four sections that correspond to the four-part prompt above. Also, use paragraph breaks: one main thought per paragraph. This makes your paper easier to read and understand.
Sources: You must engage with, and cite, at least three (3) sources contained in the past modules (either the required materials or the recommended resources). How you engage with these sources is up to you. Only one of these sources can be my lectures.
Citations: Make sure sure you include a citation anytime you reference someone else’s writing or idea (this includes paraphrasing). Also include a corresponding bibliography or “Works Cited” list. I do not care which citation style you use. Just make sure your citation style is clear and consistent, and provides enough details to find the exact quote or passage. References and citations do not factor into the assignment word count.
Audience: Imagine you are writing your essay for one of your friends who has not taken a philosophy class. Define all technical terms and use plenty of examples.
Style: This is a piece of academic writing. Avoid excessive informality and use of contractions. However, feel free to refer to yourself with the word “I.”
Submission: Save your essay as a .docx file and then upload it in the file upload area. (Do not save your paper as a PDF or any other kind of file. It must be saved as a .docx file.)