PHIL 410A:  Checklist for Paper #1.


            Note that it is not necessary and not even desirable for you to write your papers in the order of the items on this checklist.  However you order them, all the following items should be included.  This checklist is not meant to cover everything to include in your paper.  It describes the minimum that you should include.  I expect you to be creative and go beyond this minimum. 




1. (a) Has a good introductory paragraph (or two) that gives an overview of the paper. 


(b) Makes good use of examples in the paper.




2. Thomson:  (a) Cites for all attributions (at least 5 cites total.)


(b) Explain claim vs. simple ought


(c) Explain relevant parts of Limits Thesis


(d) Trespass?


(e) Harm?


(f) Non-Belief Mediated Distress?


(g) Belief-Mediated Distress?


(h) Risk of Harm?


(i) Threat of Harm?


(j) Coercion?





Remember that the standard for evaluating an explanation is whether a reasonably intelligent person who had not taken a philosophy course would be able to understand it.