Continuation from Research 5:
1. Identify the article (one more time) that you are examining fro Research 5: author, title, publication source, pages.
2. Analysis–you have already started this from Research 5 — read and analyze that article (not just the abstract):
A. Briefly summarize your presentation from Research 5
B.The authorâ€™s argument, resolution, or thesis (250 words): Explain the authorâ€™s argument, analysis, and the conclusion or resolution reached.
For example, the author might offer an argument, a critique, a new approach
(a)Argument: the author(s) may be offering an argument such that they may even say â€œwe shall argue thatâ€¦â€. Look for stated assumptions, either as identified premises, or necessary principles that underlie the position.
(b)Interpretations are also arguments (esepcially if they are eing offered as a new rake on something: basic concepts, definitions, standing theories may be controversial and in need of interpretation or re-interpretation. A philosophical treatment may offer a new interpretation or it may critically examine an already given interpretation. The author(s) might even say â€œwe think a new way of defining xyz is neededâ€¦etc.). This can also be construed as the opening of an argument. It has parts that fit together a certain way.
(c)Prescription: the author(s) may argue for, lay out a proposal for, a new conceptâ€”or again, a criticism of a given prescription (perhaps a standard one in the field. It might also have an argument structure, a rationale for why this or that should be so.
3. Your Assessment. 250 words: What makes this article a philosophical article in general and also for
the area in the philosophy of X?
Three specific questions here.
a. What significance does it have for the â€œXâ€ area in the philosophy of X?
b. How does a specialized inquiry/argument of this sort reveal the nature of philosophy?
c. In what ways is philosophy of this sort (done by the author of the article) different from the â€œpopularâ€ notion of philosophy as being a personal belief system?