Philosophy term paper about Paley
Paley, in his “Natural Theology”, argues for the existence of God. Write a response to
this. First, state Paley’s argument. It is very important that you correctly represent the
argument. Get this part right—down to the details. If you get this wrong, your response
will not matter. When representing the argument, identify the force behind the argument.
That is, help the reader understand why someone would find the argument persuasive.
Second, tell us what’s wrong with the argument. Which particular part of the argument
do you disagree with? Why? Strike against the argument with precision. Use concrete
examples if possible to make your points. For the conclusion, state the lesson the reader
is supposed to take from your paper. That is, state one thing the reader is supposed to
have learned from having read your paper.
Jackson, in his “What Mary Didn’t Know”, argues against physicalism. Physicalism is
the view that all facts are physical facts and that only physical things exist. First, tell the
reader what Jackson’s argument is. Make all the premises of his argument explicit.
Make sure you get this part of it right. Tell the reader why Jackson thinks each of the
premises is true. Second, provide an objection to Jackson’s argument. Identify precisely
the part of the argument you disagree with. Then, for the conclusion, state the lesson the
reader is supposed to take from your paper.