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Philosophy and Psychology

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Philosophy and Psychology PHIL 2390

Kenton Grimes

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Robert Rupert

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Date Created: 10/30/15
Term Papers Philosophy 2390 Philosophy and Psychology Fall 2007 Dr Rupert Length 25003000 words excluding list of works cited or bibliography include a word count on page one or cover page Format typed doublespaced in no smaller than a twelvepoint font number all pages a cover page is optional Due date and grading The paper is due Tuesday December 18 by 1000 am the end of our finalexam period Turn your paper in to the Philosophy Department office or bring it to our regular room Hellems 229 during our assigned exam period Papers will be graded on the basis of writing mechanics spelling grammar and organization quality of research effective use of outside sources including your understanding of sources used and philosophical ability displayed including quality of critical evaluation ability to explain philosophical ideas clearly and the originality of your claims and the arguments given in support of them Structure Here are three possible ways to organize your paper you should choose one of them as a basic framework 1 compare and contrast in which you explain two or more competing solutions to a problem and critically evaluate each of the competing solutions 2 critical study where you critically review a proposal or argument made by one author here you may draw on the critical work done by others and 3 positive proposal in which you identify an outstanding problem and attempt a novel solution of it after reviewing at least one solution that s already been proposed Whatever form your paper takes it must include an element of critical evaluation papers should not be merely expository I expect and reward creativity on your part The paper should not however be an exercise in unstructured or unsupported speculation Your paper should be informed by what others have said about your chosen topic and whatever creative contribution you make should be focused specifically on the problem at hand and should be supported by argument Content Your paper should make some contact with the empirical literature at least one of the sources you use must be a primary source in cognitive psychology or a related area of cognitive science e g psycholinguistics Your paper should address a problem in the philosophical foundations of cognitive psychology or a way in which data from cognitive psychology might bear on a longstanding philosophical problem Use of outside sources A minimum of three outside sources must be used but the best papers typically utilize more than three An article or book counts as an outside source if it is not assigned reading for the course Sources should be academic rather than popular in nature Do not use Internet sources unless they are equivalent to traditional print sources an article from a professional journal that has been posted online is acceptable but someone s online lecture notes or blog posts are not If you have any questions regarding what counts as an acceptable outside source please come talk to me The best single source of bibliographical information about philosophical articles is The Philosopher 3 Index For articles in cognitive psychology see PsychINFO Both databases are accessible from our library s website httplibrariescoloradoeduscreens ndarticleshtml Clark also provides many excellent ideas see his Suggested Readings at the end of each chapter as well as the works he cites along the way in his text Plagiarism is unacceptable You must express yourself in your own words You must construct your sentences yourself from scratch If your paper contains large chunks of text taken from another source without acknowledgement of the author you will receive an F on your paper and your case will be referred to the campus authorities Plagiarism comes in milder forms though and there are borderline cases penalties for such forms of plagiarism will be adjusted accordingly In order to acknowledge properly the author of material you did not write you must quote the material and cite its original source Quotations The standard way to quote someone else s work is to enclose the material in quotation marks In cases of longer quotations three or more lines you should blockquote A block quotation should be singlespaced indented from both side margins and separated from the text above and below it by an extra space Do not enclose a blockquotation in quotation marks References When citing the source of material taken from a book cite the author s name title of the work publisher s name and location city the year of publication and the page numbers where the quoted material appears if the material is from an edited collection also give the editor s name and the inclusive page numbers for the specific article or chapter in question When citing a journal article give the author s name title of the article the joumal s name the year of publication the page numbers of the article as a whole and the page numbers on which the quoted material appears The exact format of your citations does not matter much to me but pick one format from the standard range of alternatives e g Chicago APA MLA and stick with it If in doubt look at a leading journal e g Journal of Philosophy Philosophical Review No s Mind or a book on a leading academic press eg Oxford MIT Cambridge and copy the style of citation you see there Generally speaking quotations should be used sparingly and any time you quote an author you should explain in your own words what the author means If you have a question about plagiarism quotations or references please come talk to me about it Guidelines for the rough draft A rough draft of your paper is due at the beginning of class on Friday Nov 9 Your rough draft should be at least five pages in length and should meet the same formatting requirements as those required for the final draft When grading your rough draft I will be checking to make sure you have done a significant amount of research and have some concrete ideas for your final paper Your rough draft should give at least a sketch of what you think will be the main themes and arguments of your final draft Term paper topics If something from the assigned reading or class discussion seems particularly interesting to you consider it as a paper topic with the following qualification if you choose to write about an issue that is primarily psychological be sure there is something philosophical or theoretical at stake and be sure to make that philosophical or theoretical issue the ultimate focus of your paper


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