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CJC World Philosophy Day Essay Writing Competition - 2017

NOTE: This competition is open to all current JC1 Students who have just completed their Promotional Examinations; Organized in celebration of World Philosophy Day - 16h November, 2017;                                                                                                                                                          
The contemporary philosopher, Anthony Grayling, believes that philosophy should play a useful role in society (not just in academia).   

Note: A philosophy essay by its very nature involves critical thinking, logical reasoning, and conceptual analysis – as critical thinking and rational argumentation are characteristic methods of philosophical inquiry. 

CJC World Philosophy Day Essay Writing Competition 16th November 2017:

Write an essay in response to ONE of the following questions:

1 ‘A decent human life is a life filled with experience of genuine value.’ Critically assess this view.
2 Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is the only way to secure and safeguard the future of humanity. Discuss. 
3 Can we ever really know what others are thinking? 
4 ‘We should strive to end gender.’  Is gender neutrality a necessary goal for a fair and just society?
5 ‘The main evil of the world is human folly, which can be dissipated by philosophy.’ Critically assess this perspective.
 
Guidelines and requirements for writing your Philosophy Essay:

Length of Essay: Minimum of 800 to maximum of 1500 words;
Your philosophy essay is an argumentative defense of your adopted Thesis – in which the thesis is explained and analyzed; arguments are rationally presented in support of the thesis; possible objections to the thesis are anticipated, stated, and critically examined; and logical refutations are given to the objections.

Your philosophical essay thus has five component parts:
1 The effective formulation of the Thesis – stated in the introduction;
2 The analysis and explanation of the Thesis;
3 The arguments (reasons and evidence) in support and defense of the Thesis
4 Careful critical consideration of counter-arguments (objections to the Thesis) 
5 Refutation of counter-arguments / objections.  

Submit Essay in hard copy as a word document - Times New Roman, font size 12; 
Indicate on a cover page: Name in full; Identity Number, and Tutorial Group;
Declaration with signature that – ‘This essay is my own work’ (not plagiarized); 
Submission Date: Friday 12th January, 2018

Teacher-in-Charge: Mr. David L Fahy (Senior Teacher), English Department, CJC