Write a 4-5 page analysis paper on Don Mariquis “why Abortion is immoral”

Philosophy 220

Analysis Paper 1




Write a 4-5 page analysis paper on Don Mariquis “why Abortion is immoral”. Essentially, you will explain the article’s argument, assess the argument according to two of the ethical theories listed, and then provide your own assessment of the argument.


Content Requirements (structure your paper exactly in the order below):


  1. In the first paragraphbrieflystate: 1. the author’s conclusion, 2. whether the two theories you have chosen would agree or disagree with the author’s argument, and 3. what your ultimate position on the argument is. The totality of this is known as a thesis statement.


  1. In the next few paragraphsexplain the author’s argument and how she/he supports the argument.


  1. Next, choose two of the following ethical theories and explain whether theywould agree or disagree withthe author’s conclusion.

Choices:Natural Law Theory, Ethical Egoism, Utilitarianism, Kant’s Duty Ethics


  1. Next, state whether you agree or disagree with the author’s argument, and the assessment of the two ethical theories you have chosen. Then state why you agree/disagree with the author and/or two ethical theories selected, in addition to your own assessment of the issue.


  1. End the paper with a conclusion paragraph. (A paragraph that briefly summarizes your position and what you have discussed in the paper.)





Stipulations: The paper is to be typed, double-spaced, with no more than 1.25” margins and in Times New Roman 12 pt font.  The paper is to be no more than five pages and no less than four.



The paper must abide by the structure outlined below.  Any deviation or omission of elements will result in a grade penalty.  The paper must have:


  1. Introduction: A short paragraph in which you state the argument at hand and briefly your assessment of an argument.
    • In the introduction you must provide a thesis statement. A thesis statement is generally a few sentences in which you briefly state your argument.
      • g.: “In this paper I will argue that Person X’s support forthe building of non-human operated military robots that can kill is morally wrong.This is because justification for killing a human being first requires having respect for human life.  Robots are not sentient and thus do not have respect for human life.  It will be shown that Kant’s Categorical Imperativesupports my conclusion, while it is ambiguous whether Utilitarianism is in favor or against building such robots.”


  1. Body: A detailed discussion of the different arguments and how they are supported.
    • Explain the arguments in detail.
    • Take a position on the topic and argue for your position.
    • All quotations must be properly cited. Example:
      • Quotation example: “Our sense perceptions must surely make us realize that all that we perceive through them is striving to reach that which is Equal but falls short of it; or how do we express it?” (Plato, 59)
      • Citation (either in footnote or backpage): Plato. Classics of Western Philosophy. 7th ed. Ed. Steven M. Cahn. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2006. 59, 75b.


  1. Conclusion: A short paragraph in which you briefly summarize what was presented in the body.
    • g.: “In this paper I have argued that using the respect formulation of Kant’s Categorical Imperative, it is wrong to create and utilize non-human operated killer robots….”





Paper Elements: You are being graded on your ability to provide an analysis of a philosophical issue, and provide a coherent assessment based on critical thinking skills.


  1. The paper should be comprehensive in terms of thoroughly explaining the arguments at hand.


  1. The paper should be clear in terms of explainingarguments and providing your own assessment.


  1. The paper should be concise in terms of providing and discussing only substantial points pertinent to the topic at hand (eg. avoid adding extraneous examples/discussions and wordy explanations to “fill” the paper.)


  1. The paper should be organized in terms of having proper structure (intro with thesis statement, body, conclusion), proper grammar, and sentence/paragraph construction (eg. make sure there are no run-on sentences, and that each point is broken into a paragraph.)


Additional things of note:

  • For any contentious claims in support or against a position, make sure it is backed up by textual evidence.
  • Do not make factual errors
  • Do not commit fallacies (poor reasoning) in your own argument.
  • Define and use terminology correctly.
  • Do not overuse quotations. Use paraphrasing more than quotations in explaining a philosopher’s argument.
  • Cite quotations correctly (e.g.: (Locke, 215) after the quote) plus a bibliography
  • Make sure you have no more than two grammatical/ typographical errors (if any at all.)


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