“The evil-god challenge”

argumentative/evaluative essay addressing Stephen Law’s “The evil-god challenge”

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Essay Instructions
write an argumentative/evaluative essay addressing Stephen Law’s “The evil-god challenge” (see forthcoming attachment). Is Law’s argument a good one? If so, why; if
not, why not? You must explain the argument before evaluating it (i.e., don’t take for granted that your reader is familiar with the argument). You must also
compare/contrast Law’s argument with Rowe’s discussion of the argument from evil. For this latter requirement you MUST refer to (at least) our course materials: extra
sources on the argument from evil are only permitted in addition to, not in place of, references to the specific sources of our Course Package. Drawing in other
material from the course is also welcome but not required.

Mandatory Quotations: Each essay must contain at least three quotations: at least two from Law’s essay, at least one from Rowe’s discussion of the argument from evil
(see above). Your page references for these quotations will be double-checked (please use the original page numbers, not the page numbering of the Course Package or
the .pdf). Any of failing to provide the minimum number of quotations, or failing to provide page numbers for all of your quotations, or failing to provide the correct
page numbers for all of your quotations, will be grounds for a grade penalty up to and including a mark of zero on the essay.
Style: Please write in full sentences with proper use of paragraphs, punctuation, etc. Although the style should be formal, you may refer to yourself (e.g., “My thesis
is … “, “I disagree with …”, etc.; as with anything, too many instances of “me” “myself” and “I” are to be avoided, but that doesn’t mean you can never use them).
Quotes and paraphrases: If your only sources are the Law essay and our Course Package then you only need to provide accurate page references for your quotations
(minimum of three: see above), and there is no need for a bibliography/list of references. If, however, you use any sources in addition to these, then you must follow
one of the approved citation methods (e.g., MLA, Turabian, APA, etc.), and provide a list of references at the end of your paper including all your additional sources
(you needn’t include either the Course Package or Law’s essay; these shall be taken to be included automatically).
Finally, make sure not to overdo the quotations: I am much more interested in seeing your words and ideas than a pastiche of other people’s words. At the threshold of
30% quoted material I will begin taking substantial marks off, with the penalty being even more substantial for even greater proportions of quoted material. At the
bottom end of things, a 1500 word essay should have less than 450 words of quoted material; at the other extreme, a 2000 word essay should have less than 600 words of
quoted material.

 

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