Prompt: At the end of this course, you will submit an Analysis Paper. You will use a logical analysis of your choice. The argument you select can come from any source (a movie, book, religious teaching, politician’s soundbite, song, poem, supreme court judgment, etc.) and can be analyzed using any of the methods practiced during this course (fallacies, famous forms, natural deduction, quantifiers, probability, and induction). In order to get started on this paper, you will submit your thesis statement this week. If you are unsure of how to write a thesis statement, review this website: Creating a Thesis Statement
Purpose: This assignment allows you to take the skills developed through the course and apply them in a more naturalistic mode. Since humans do not communicate through highly rigorous symbolic notation but rather through prose, this assignment brings logic closer to regular life. This exercise gives you a jump start on your paper.
Parameters: You will submit your working thesis statement using the attached template. Be sure to answer each question carefully.
This week, you will complete the form below.
The most important aspect of this assignment is writing a working thesis statement. A solid working thesis will provide two things: (a) identification of the topic and (b) an explanation of what your paper will prove about that topic. A working thesis statement help you to focus your search for information. It’s important to note that while you will start your analysis paper with this thesis statement, it is very likely that you will continue to refining your thesis until the very end of your project.
1. What topic did you choose?
2. What stance are you taking on your topic?
3. List at least three (3) reasons to support your stand.
MY WORKING THESIS STATEMENT: