Essay Prompt

Write a minimum 3-page essay (minimum 750 words) that either supports or disagrees with two of Thomas Carver’s arguments from pages 16-34. In the beginning, you will be arguing with in support of Carver’s arguments or in disagreement with them. You may also find that you agree with one of his arguments but disagree with another of his arguments. This point of view may also be one you can take: to show support for one argument but, then, to argue against a different one.

You agree on #1, but disagree on #1. Both agreement and disagreement should be in the essay.

#1 agreement: Carver argues that ” we could get away from this anthropological, as well as from intuitional viewpoint, and look upon teh whole moral problem as a problem of adaptation and adjustment, we should be a different conclusion”. I agree with Carver’s idea; his argument makes sense to me because in life we all do have to make adjustments to the material universe. In our day to day lives any adjustment that brings out comfortability is good and any adjustment that is uncomfortable is bad(24).

#2 disagreement: Carver elaborates that ” nature is non-moral or that the scientist is unable to discover anything resembling a moral order is virtually to say that nature does not seem to conform to our pro-conceived notions of morality, or that the scientist is unable to discover in the order of the universe anything resembling what he has been taught to regard as the moral order(25)”. I disagree with Carver’s use of this metaphor; the metaphor is the personification of nature. Depending on what you believe in, you could either completely agree with Carver, or disagree. From a religious point of view, to say that nature is non-moral, is to say that the universe is non-moral; if you believe that there is a divine being, then you are also saying the divine being is non-moral for the universe is the divine being.

Also essay should have at least 3 quotes and 3 paraphrases and many sentences that uses semi-colons (big part of essay is the use of complex sentences)


Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHeader and HeadingCorrect use of Header with ascending page numbers starting on first page. Correct use and ordering of Heading: Student first then last name, Professor name, Class name, and last, essay due date.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTitleCorrect formatting of title: Centered on page, correct use of capitalization, no quote marks around title, no bold type face, no underline, and use of interesting and informative title.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLengthCorrect length of 3 pages of type, 750 words minimum. Five points off for each quarter page short of minimum.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormattingCorrect spacing, margins (1-1.25 inches around), indentations, type-face (12pt. Times New Roman font), and use/punctuation of in-text citations.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroductory ParagraphFirst two-three sentences introduce the general topic. Next two-three lines begin to specify the focus of the essay. Last line is an argumentative thesis sentence.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBody of the EssayAfter the introduction, 4-6 body paragraphs that begin with clear and focused topic sentences, followed by sentences that support the focus of the topic sentence, and throughout each paragraph, informative and helpful transitions leading from sentence to sentence.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusionConcluding paragraph that begins with a sentence that transitions the reader into the move toward the essay’s end. The next two sentences should introduce the main argument of the essay in words that are similar to but that speak to the vital reason or reasons for believing this essay’s argument. A final sentence or two that leave the reader with important ideas to consider regarding the importance of this argument.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWorks CitedOn a new page after the final page of text, the Works Cited page must be formatted correctly: Works Cited as the title of the page centered, no bold or underline; one source that must include Carver and the source information input in correct order with hanging indentation, and double-spaced.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSummary, Paraphrase, and Signal VerbsEffective and appropriate use of summary and paraphrase techniques using appropriate signal verbs.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeComplex Sentences; Quoting and Paraphrasing StrategiesUse of complex sentences using semi-colon, comma, and transitional words practiced in class. Also, use of new varieties of quoting and paraphrasing strategies introduced and practiced in class.

10.0 pts

Total Points: 80.0

I have attached the carver readings and also the last essay that was based off of carvers readers to help give you an idea of what I need

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