critical thinking and argumentation essay - due today

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select one of the topics below as the focus of your essay. use the shapiro library and the course resources to assist you in exploring your topic:

1. in crito, socrates gives three arguments for remaining in jail and allowing athens to put him to death. one of the arguments is based on what later became known as social contract theory. analyze socrates’ use of social contract theory and compare and contrast it with the versions of one of the following writers: rousseau, hobbes, or locke.

2. one of the major intellectual objections to belief in god in the western tradition is the problem of evil. after discussing how the problem of evil arises and what it consists of, explain a defense against the problems of moral and natural evil as presented by a writer of your choice, and present and defend your position on the issue.

3. is there such a thing as a “soul”? is it something different from the brain? does it survive after our physical death? show the relationship between these three questions and address each of them, reaching an answer to each of them that you defend in your essay.

4. do we have free will, or is everything we do traceable to a complex series of causes and effects over which we have no control? in your essay, show how the problem arises, discuss the three major theories about free will, and support one of them with your own argument.

5. can we know anything for sure about the world around us? write an essay in which you show how this question arises and in which you present and defend your position based on the work of at least two writers.

6.why should we be moral? write an essay in which you show why this question makes sense, and provide at least one answer. you must provide an argument showing why your position is correct and defend it against at least two criticisms.

your citations should use at least three major philosophers’ beliefs/arguments to support your argument or serve as evidence for the counterargument.
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