**Make sure you have a clear thesis! Defend the ONE ideology by comparison to ONLY one less persuasive ideology — DO NOT PICK Fascism or communism** Don’t pick too vague ideology. Maybe do liberalism with adjective (a very specific ideology such as Rawl’s Liberalism against …’s liberalism

Please write thesis for the very first sentence. Good thesis can be as simple as this: I argue that ideology X which prioritizes P1,P2,…PM. It is persuasive b/c p1~pm …(their importance). Ideology X is better than ideology Y Which prioritize r1 r2… About persuasiveness of what Rawl’s saying. Not to examine too many things your ideology prioritizing

The ONLY Sources you can use:

  • Your answer MUST involve ideas from three or more different weeks of the course(Attached Below). Ways to cite are under the Format section.
  • Your answer MUST also refer to at least THREE readings from below:
  • http://petapixel.com/2016/08/02/26-photos-show-war-changed- syria/ (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
  • § Hobbes, The Leviathan, Chs. 13, 14.1-7 (to “evil consequence upon the rupture”), 15.1-3 (to “that propriety begins”), 17, use any edition, many on internet, e.g., http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3207/3207- h/3207-h.htm (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (helpful subheads)
  • § Locke, Second Treatise on Government, Ch. 1- Ch.4, and Sec. 54, use any edition, many on internet,
    e.g., https://www.gutenberg.org/files/7370/7370-h/7370-h… (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)Sayre-McCord, Prisoner’s Dilemma, 10-minute Youtube:


  • Use one cover page, with only an indication of the prompt you are answering, your title (if any), your name, and student number.
  • Only accepted format: Times New Roman, 12 point, 1 inch margins, double-spaced, with page numbers.
  • At least 7 further pages, but not more than 8 pages.
  • Up to two additional pages for references cited (if any).In the text or in references cited use any kind of consistent citation format. Can be simple, e.g., (Hobbes, ch. XIV) or (Lecture, Oct. 6.), but as above a paper should not heavily rely on lectures and discussions.

Tips on How to Better Answer the Question:

  • Your answer should not be a partisan political diatribe. Rather it should contain reflective rational argumentation (resembling the tone of Rawls, Nozick, Smith, etc.). Also, be sure to anticipate counterarguments of an opponent and reply to them. Your analysis should build on course material and apply it in a critical manner.
  • Answer the question mostly with reference to the content of the course readings and your own thinking. Papers which cite mostly lecture and discussions rather than readings a) don’t demonstrate that the student was fulfilling a central obligation of the course, to read all assigned texts, and b) usually are shallow and weak. They will be graded accordingly.
  • Don’t pad with long quotes. If you need to relate what someone else said, mostly paraphrase and only quote briefly (the most relevant or striking part of what the author wrote).
  • Your creative and original thought is expected and rewarded, at the same time it should be focused on course content rather than other interesting stuff.
  • A good essay shows not just an understanding of the readings and how they relate to each other. A good essay also takes a stand on the issues presented, but it does so in such a way that the reader has a sense that the writer grappled with the core themes in question and is neither simply regurgitating what they’ve read nor presenting their own opinions uninformed by the texts.
  • Again, show us that you are learning the content of the course and show us that you are thinking about it

As always, you won’t be graded on being a Democrat, Republican, libertarian, communist, religious or not, etc. Nor are you required take a personal position on any issue – you can relate what different positions could be. What you will be graded on is mastering course material, quality argument, accuracy, complexity of thought, creativity.

The questions are large in scope. Do show us that you were fully engaged in the course. Don’t give an answer that’s just a list of every instance of the topic in the course. Create a thoughtful answer that selects what you consider are the most important points. The questions asked are large, and you will need to trade off comprehensiveness against depth. What are we looking for? Show us that you have mastered the course material and can skillfully apply it.

Also, remember the distinction, for example, between the concept of liberty and the various conceptions of liberty that various movements and thinkers each offer as the best version of the concept.

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