The paper is to be a critical examination of one or more of the arguments presen

The paper is to be a critical examination of one or more of the arguments presented in the assigned readings. This assignment is intended to be primarily an independent piece of scholarship. Some additional readings will probably be necessary, but comprehensive knowledge of the literature is neither expected nor desired. The point is to analyze the issue you choose in a philosophically sophisticated way, making sense of the issues involved and the arguments that surround them, and defending a position that you find tenable based on those arguments.
Plagiarism: If you consult sources and borrow direct quotes, paraphrased arguments, or ideas you must footnote or endnote your sources with complete bibliographic information.
This is a graded assignment. All drafts of the paper must be typed, double spaced, in 10 or 12 point type with normal margins. The paper should be at least eight pages and no more than 15 pages long. State the position that you are defending clearly, preferably early in the paper, and be sure to consider probable objections to the arguments you give. Each paper should contain Parts I–IV. Click on each tab in the accordion below to see more.
1)Choose an article that has been assigned as course material and present (explicate) the author’s position and arguments (if the author gives several arguments then pick one or two that you consider being the most central). Be sure to explain what conclusion(s) they are arguing for and what evidence or support they give for their conclusion(s). Note: This is the most important part of the paper because it lays the groundwork for the rest of the assignment.
2)Give, in your view, the most damaging criticism of the argument or position explicated in Part I. Be sure to develop your criticism in some detail. Where exactly does the author go wrong? What empirical claims (matter-of-fact claims) do they make that are false if any? Do not use the shotgun method—do not briefly mention five or six problems, develop one or two in detail.
3)How would the author defend their argument(s) against your critique in Part II? Put yourself in their shoes and try to think how they would argue to save their position. You should push the debate beyond class lectures and readings—i.e., in this part do not merely explain the material that we have already covered.
4)Present and defend your views on the subject that you have chosen to write about. Do you agree with the author? If so, why? If not, why not? Whatever your views are sure that you give reasons or arguments in support of them—remember opinions are only a starting point.
I chose to two articles for this paper:
1)In this essay, the author (Stallman, 1995) describes the effects of having owners of the software and argues that this is bad for society. The author concludes that other programmers (himself included) have the duty to encourage others to share, redistribute, study, and improve the software they write: In other words, to write free software. The word “free” here refers to freedom, not to price.
2) In this article, the author (Allen, 2012) argues that individuals are personally responsible for protecting their own privacy. While the author notes that there are practical limits to how much people can do to protect their privacy, there could be laws and social pressure to nudge individuals to care more about privacy.
Draft Term Paper rubric
Draft Term Paper rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePart I: Presents, analyzes, and defends an argument given in an assigned reading. This must be done correctly or Parts II–III cannot be completed.
1 pts
Full Marks
0 pts
No Marks
1 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePart II: Attacks a premise given and supported as part of an argument discussed in Part I.
1 pts
Full Marks
0 pts
No Marks
1 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePart III: Defends the premise(s) and argument given in Part I against the critique offered in Part II. The student demonstrates the ability to take on the different “roles” of critique and reply.
1 pts
Full Marks
0 pts
No Marks
1 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePart IV: The part that separates the high honor grade papers from the B-level papers. The student gives, analyzes, defends, critiques, and responds to the critique with their own argument related to the topic or issue being discussed. This requires the student to go beyond what was covered in class material and to do some independent thinking and scholarship. Might consider issues of DEI, etc.
2 pts
Full Marks
0 pts
No Marks
2 pts
Total Points: 5

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