Instructions: Read carefully! Answer one of the following questions in 1,000-1,200 (+) words.
Your paper should be in 12pt font, in a legible serif font (Times New Roman, Garamond, Book Antiqua, etc.), with 1” margins. You are required to use at least two sources, one of which are the texts used in class. Make sure to credit each of your sources, and cite any sources with page numbers when quoting, paraphrasing, or when relevant. MLA, Chicago Tribune, or APA citation formats are acceptable. Papers must be turned in on Canvas, and cannot be accepted via email.
Additional instructions and info:
Make sure that you explain any and all terms that are ambiguous or not clear. Consider your reader (and grader!) as a person who has no idea about these topics but is interested and wants to know more. Think of how you might explain your
topic to a random person at a bar. You will be graded on structure, comprehension, and clarity, so being as clear, concise, and succinct as possible is necessary to get a solid grade. In addition, avoid misrepresenting a position. This makes for terrible papers and shows the lack of integrity for a scholar. Try to give the best account and defense of a thinker and theory and then give your thoughts on it. Saying a thinker or theory is dumb or giving a hypersimplified version says more
about you than it does about the thinker or theory. Likewise, give yourself the best defense possible as well. When giving your own thoughts and perspective, give reasons and evidence for believing you. Merely asserting that you agree or disagree with a thinker is cheap—you have to show why you agree with them (and the why question is what’s most juicy in a paper: this is where the real philosophy and science comes from).
There is an extra credit opportunity available here. For every source beyond the two, you’ll get an extra point (maximum of 3). In order to receive these glorious extra credit points, you have to engage with a source in a significant and meaningful way (for example, by citing a relevant passage or paraphrasing a point). Don’t just drop a quote in for no reason— make sure that it’s relevant and important to your paper, either in elucidating a point or providing support for your own argument. Similarly, not all sources count for the extra credit points. Only academic sources count, which are usually not accessible through Google (but are available through the library). Newspaper articles, [most] news websites, and Wikipedia are not academic sources.
1) Lakatos and Feyerabend have different views about the progression of science. Pick one
of these figures and explicate their view. Do you agree with Lakatos/Feyerabend?
2) What is Foucault’s view of sexuality during the Victorian Era? Do you think his analysis
extends to society today?
3) What is Foucault’s analysis of punishment? Do you think that his theory is applicable to
4) Why does Latour think that Ramses II death could be explained by machine gun fire? Do
you agree with his view on time?