Many of you will have never had to produce a piece of philosophical writing before. Accordingly, I thought it might be helpful to walk you through what such a document is like. For this first assignment, you will be writing a short, pre-designed essay to summarize one of the main themes in this week’s reading. For some of you, the instructions for this task will be a bit frustrating, since there will be little room for you to give expression to your own voice as a writer. But bear with me just this once: future assignments will be much less restrictive, and you may learn more than you think from this exercise.
Write a short essay that follows the structure below: