Exploration Paper: Write a four-page research paper on the topic of human dignity as understood in the thought one of the following major Western philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Locke, Kant, Hume, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Sartre, Martin Buber, Simone de Beauvoir, or W.E.B. Du Bois. One should explore how the philosopher defined dignity, how he or she accounted for the basis or cause of human dignity, and what the philosopher considered to be the implications of human dignity in terms of the ethical, the social, and the political. Concentrate on how the thinker argued. That is, identify the thinkerâ€™s premises (assumptions), inferences from the given premises, and conclusions ultimately reached. As such, this is to be an explanatory/analytical paper. This paper is not to be a biographical overview or to be a summary of the philosopherâ€™s work. This is to be a 3rd person, singular, objective paper (Do not use â€œIâ€ or â€œmeâ€). Research must be internally documented (within the body of the text), and there must be a works cited or bibliography page. Use either an MLA or a Turabian style in writing. At least five sources are needed; at least one source should be primary (the writing of the thinker under consideration). Wikipedia and internet blogs are unacceptable sources. Sources should be both formal and academic, which is the case with almost all sources found through the library date base. There should be at least four pages of content, along with a properly formatted works cited or bibliography page. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. Not only is plagiarism unethical, it is almost always obvious to the experienced college instructor. The one who plagiarizes both steals from others and from his or her own self.
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