Paper Question
This topic is restricted to a one-page paper. I strongly recommend writing at least one paper in the
first two weeks, but if you have already written one, I would wait until you get feedback on the first
back from me (hopefully over the weekend!).
Think of a decision you have made recently when presented with an option (in James’ sense of the
word). Describe that decision in terms of James’ distinctions: What were the hypotheses? Why was it
live? Was it forced or avoidable? Was it momentous or trivial? Was it genuine? (all of these in terms
of James’ definitions). Explain why for each.
Then try to imagine a decision that may be live for someone else but is not live for you. Why is it
not live for you? Could it be made live for you? If so, what would it take? If not, why?

Grading criteria
Clarity of Main Claim and Analysis:

Clearly stated, relevant, and well-thought out main claim, answer to the question, or example that demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the material. Argument or explanation is articulated clearly, precisely, and simply throughout the body of the paper and main point is clearly stated. Analysis of positions and examples reveals a clear grasp of the key concepts and relations between the views at hand.

Originality and Strength of Argument:

Reconstruction of view(s) under discussion is accurate and charitable and critiques or defenses are well-thought out and defensible. Challenges and arguments from the material are presented fairly, precisely, and accurately. Arguments or examples present real challenges or defenses, i.e. provide good reason to accept or reject some claim or position. Arguments are deductively valid or inductively strong, and sufficient evidence is provided to show the reader that the arguments are such. Arguments do not just depend on personal feelings or experience without those appeals constituting a part of a more general argument.

Organization and Writing Style:

Argument develops clearly and naturally, reflected in the overall structure of paper and transitions between parts. There is precision of language and fluency of wording that reflects a clear grasp on how to use the terminology from papers and class. Grammar, spelling, and references reflect an attention to detail via proofreading. Sentence structure, punctuation, and syntax are fluid and coherent. Paper concisely answers the question or responds to the prompt by introducing all and only points that support the defended position – nothing more or less.

Paper 1