Week 1 assignment: journal | Philosophy homework help

 

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 1, 2, 3
  • Lesson

Introduction
The journal is an essential  assignment that is meant to sum up the conclusions you come to after  having reflected on the readings in the text, the online lecture,  discussion posts, including your own and those of your peers, and any  outside material you consult. You will probably find that you do as much  or more thinking than you do writing in responding to the journal  prompts – and that is perfectly okay. In general, the weekly journal  should meet the noted length requirement – not including the space  needed for the prompts.

You may feel the need to write out longer reflections – and that is  also okay. If you do feel the need for longer reflections, then, once  you have written them out, try to edit them, reducing them to their  essence.

Part of this course is process – training ourselves to think  critically. Part of it is learning to understand how we think and why we  think or believe what we think or believe. While the journal prompts  will occasionally address the process, it will more often ask you to  reflect on the hows and whys of what you know and believe – or what you think you know and believe.

Instructions
For this journal assignment, briefly answer each of the following prompts:

  • Critical Thinking 
    • After reading the required resources for this week and participating  in the discussion, how do you define critical thinking? You will want  to carry this definition with you, so keep it brief – perhaps 4 to 6  lines. You will find many definitions online – don’t be tempted to just  quickly copy one; try to form your own so that it is meaningful to you.
  • Heart of the Matter 
    • Considering just what is in this weeks’ readings, why do you think  the authors (looking forward in the text) see Chapters 12, 13, and 14 as  the “heart of the matter”?
    • What do you think they mean by that?
    • What two concepts do the authors say these chapters emphasize?
    • How do you define these concepts?
    • Why do you think the authors find these concepts important to critical thinking?
  • Challenges & Insights 
    • What do you see as your greatest challenge for this session in general? For this class in particular?
    • How do you think you can use the concepts in these first three  chapters to help you meet these challenges as well as challenges in your  personal life as a member of your family and your community?

If you include references to outside sources (beyond the textbook), make sure you cite them properly.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 2-3 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page (as needed)

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