Week one assignment due essay due 30th July 11.59pm
Week one Assignment (3000 words) due on 30th July 11.59pm
Is prostitution a ‘noxious market’? Should it be banned? (You don’t have to agree with Satz about what constitutes a noxious market, or even that there are any)
A 3000 word essay with both scholarly and critical analysis
Sources : 8
Philosophy is about depth rather than breadth, so be judicious in how many papers / books / ideas you choose to engage with. Less is more. Think of the essay as having a ‘scholarship’ component and a ‘critical analysis’ component. Both of these components are necessary.
- Scholarship. If you’re writing about a paper, then read it through, and think about what the main / overall argument or idea being advanced was. There might be interesting stuff in there that is nonetheless not necessary to the main point. You want to be able to explain that main idea in a clear and concise way. Your job is to demonstrate to me that you understand the main / overall argument or idea. In this longer essay, you can bring in more sources (although you don’t have to).
- Critical analysis. Can you think of any objections? Can you think of a way to make the argument better or stronger? Your job here is to add some ideas of your own. These should not be presented as mere opinions. I don’t care about your opinion (‘I personally believe that…’), I care about what you can argue for. So be bold with your wording (‘However, the author’s claim fails because…’), and make as good a case as you can for or against (or supplementing, or whatever) the target.
Week two assignment (3000 word) due on 3rd august 11.59
Do objections to the prostitution industry apply equally to the pornography industry?
You will build on the week one assignment to develop a well thought out paper.