Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Social Sciences
Choate Rosemary Hall
FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICS
Summer 2009 term
Assignment for Paper #1
|1) Choose a brief news or opinion article from
any reputable periodical oriented towards new or public affairs. You can select from
newspapers, such as The Boston Globe, The New York Times, or The Washington Post;
magazines, such as Newsweek or The Atlantic; or journals of opinion, such as
Commentary, Foreign Affairs, The National Review, or The Nation. The
article you choose should address some contemporary problem involving government.
2) Select any one of the following pairs of political philosophers and consider the contemporary issue from the perspectives of each of the thinkers you have chosen:
3) Write an essay of between two and three pages in length, outlining the perspectives of the two philosophers relative to the contemporary issue addressed in the article. Refer directly to the original texts--in the Cohen book--when appropriate. No outside research is necessary or expected, though you are welcome to put the resources of the Andrew Mellon Library to good use if you so choose.
If you handwrite the paper, use both sides of the sheet; if you word process or type--which is preferred, though not required--use only one side of the sheet. Be sure to proofread your final draft before submitting it; careless errors in spelling, mechanics, and style will be penalized heavily. Attach a copy of the article to your paper before submitting it.
July 7, 2009
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