WRITE approximately 3 double-spaced pages on one of the following topics. For whatever topic you pick you must write it according to the format detailed below.
Your paper should articulate a thesis, argue for that thesis, and conclude by briefly reviewing your claim and argument.
For either topic you are free to draw on any concepts, lectures, or readings we have discussed thus far, but be sure to answer the questions raised by the prompt.
I expect papers to be clear. Write in short and complete sentences. Where necessary, sacrifice elegance in favor of clarity. Signpost heavily. Avoid needless generality or autobiographical reportage. Be sure to appropriately cite any sources which you consult in the writing of your paper. This includes sources which you do not directly quote! For further questions about the assessment of the papers please consult the grading rubric.
Be sure to review the linked guidelines on writing a thesis statement and paper structure!
- Is it morally permissible to kill animals for food if we have viable alternative (non-animal) food options? Defend your answer. Discuss whether the industrial food system in particular has any bearing on this issue.
- Michael Pollan argues against what he calls “nutritionism” about food. What is nutritionism? How does it understand what food is? What are Pollan’s criticisms of nutritionism? Are those criticisms well-grounded?