Ethics Argument



ASSIGNMENT DUE DATE: Friday 11:59 pm

WHERE TO HAND IN THE ASSIGNMENT: Canvas will provide you a link to TURNITIN

ASSIGNMENT GOAL: To learn to write an ARGUMENT for a philosophy paper


Assume you have already written both your introduction and exegetical sections of your paper. You are now ready to write an argument for your paper. You may choose to argue that Singer’s account of famine relief is better than O’Neill’s or that O’Neill’s is better than Singer’s .

To successfully complete this assignment, you should provide the reader with three premises (or reasons) for why X is better than Y. These reasons/premises will need to be supported with evidence.

Expect to write 2 pages for this assignment (double spaced).

Here’s a template to help you: (Links to an external site.)

More help on arguments can be found here: (Links to an external site.) (pay particular attention to pages 5-7)


The assignment is worth 12 points.

25% = Can I find 3 discrete (separate) premises?

50% = Are the premises well argued for?

25% = Appropriate language is used (WC, tone, grammar)

-1 point taken off for missed citations PER CITATION (this includes citations which do not give me page numbers). Please use in-text citations using MLA style (help here: (Links to an external site.) You only need a WORK CITED section if you used works OUTSIDE of our course material.

-1 for missed citations PER CITATION will now be standard for all future assignments – including JOURNAL ASSIGNMENTS!!!! The in-text citation is a brief reference within your text that indicates the source you consulted. It should properly attribute any ideas, paraphrases, or direct quotations to your source, and should direct readers to the entry in the list of works cited. For the most part, an in-text citation is the author’s name and page number (or just the page number, if the author is named in the sentence) in parentheses:

Imperialism is “the practice, the theory, and the attitudes of a dominating metropolitan center ruling a distant territory” (Said 9).


According to Edward W. Said, imperialism is defined by “the practice, the theory, and the attitudes of a dominating metropolitan center ruling a distant territory” (9).

Work Cited

Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism. Knopf, 1994.

It is perfectly fine to use I, my, and me.

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