First 3 Summaries (Hilary)

These are the instructions for all summaries:

Assignments which do not meet these requirements will be graded accordingly:

  1. Reading Summaries should be a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500 words (approximately 1-2 pages in standard formatting)
  2. All reading summaries must follow standard formatting requirements. (That is, standard margins, font size, and paragraph spacing is observed. Students cannot manipulate font size, margins, and paragraph spacing to meet length requirements.)
  3. Reading Summaries require that you read a primary source selection from the end of each chapter, then write a short summary that identifies the thesis and outlines the main argument. Reading summaries are not about your opinion or perspective – they are expository essays that explain the content of the reading. All reading summaries must include substantive content based on the students reading of the material.
  4. When writing Reading Summaries, you may not quote the author without proper citations. In other words, if you use the exact words of the original author (copy-paste) you MUST do a proper citation. Similarly, if you use any other website (such as Wikipedia, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, etc.) you must cite the source. Failure to cite sources properly is in violation of Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual which may result in grade penalties.When in doubt, quote/cite your sources. All quotes, references, and ideas lifted from any source – including internet sources MUST be properly cited in MLA/APA format.
  5. All reading summaries must be thoroughly proof-read and checked for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Students should write in professional, academic prose and use only appropriate language. Spelling and grammar count towards your grade in every assignment.

Summary 1- After reading all of Chapter 1, please select ONE of the following primary source readings:

  • “What is the Socrative Method?” by Christopher Phillips (starting on page 14)
  • “The Euthphro” by Plato (starting on page 16)

Write a short, objective summary of 250-300 words which summarizes the main ideas being put forward by the author in this selection.

Summary 2- After reading all of Chapter 2, please select ONE of the following primary source readings:

  • “Anthropology and the Abnormal” by Ruth Benedict (starting on page 33)
  • “Trying Out One’s New Sword” by Mary Midgley (starting on page 35)

Write a short, objective summary of 250-300 words which summarizes the main ideas being put forward by the author in this selection.

Summary 3- After reading all of Chapter 3, please utilize the ideas, concepts, and information in the chapter to answer the following question in 250-300 words:

  • If moral reasoning is largely about providing good reasons for moral claims, where do feelings enter the picture? Is it possible to present a logical argument that you feel strongly about? If so, provide an example of such an argument.

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