arugmentative philosophical essay

Consider the following philosophical puzzle: “If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?” (1) How is this philosophical puzzle an epistemological problem? And (2) how would John Locke answer it?


1. Identify at least one encyclopedia, or similar work, providing a big picture overview of key issues your topic needs to address.

2. Identify at least one secondary source, an interpretive work, addressing your topic which was written by someone other than the philosophers identified in your topic.

3. Identify at least one primary source, from a major philosopher identified in your topic choice. Be sure that the primary source selected pertains to the issues raised by your topic.

So note that you’ll need to provide at least 3 sources, and they need to be of different types. Once you’ve got your sources selected you need to provide a complete reference in MLA style for each work selected, and explain briefly (annotate) how the content of each source will assist you with your Philosophical Essay Assignment..

Purpose: Clearly articulated thesis statement of appropriate scope that (1) tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the question, and (2) tells the reader what you intend to accomplish in your essay.

Support: List of three or more appropriate research resources (not including course books).

Syntax, Style, Grammar, and Formatting: The writing contains sentences that are always complete and grammatically correct, and free of confusion and ambiguity. The essay follows MLA formatting.


Building off of the Thesis Statement, and Resources write a argumentative 5-6+ page (excluding Works Cited) Philosophical Essay

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