Debate: Epistemology, philosophy homework help

Debate: Epistemology

Question: Is objectivity the best way to know the truth about reality?

Positions FOR Objectivity:

Science (Rationalism + Empiricism + Skepticism)

Historical materialism / Ideology Critique

Positions AGAINST Objectivity:

Existential Perspectivism (Subjectivity)

Phenomenology (Inter-Subjectivity)

Write a one page essay in which you argue FOR or AGAINST the claim that objectivity is the best way to know the truth about reality.

  • Select one position for objectivity and one position against objectivity for this debate, e.g. Empirical Science vs. Perspectivism, or Historical Materialism vs. Phenomenology.
  • State your thesis clearly, for example, “I argue objectivity, not subjectivity, is the best way to know the truth about reality.
  • Briefly define and contrast “objectivity” and the oppositional position you select.
  • Develop only one example to illustrate & argue for your position. State the example in the form of a truth claim, e.g.
  • Compare and contrast what can be known from the opposing epistemologies using the example to illustrate.
  • Make an argument for your position based on the same example.
  • Consider and refute your opposition’s best reply to your argument based on the same example.
  • Show me what you can do making use of the arguments in the assigned texts to win the debate.
  • Do not make reference to philosophical texts not assigned in this course.

“Humans are causing climate change.”

“Climate change is a hoax.”

“The inaugural crowd was at least a million.”

“Voter fraud accounts for the difference in the popular vote.”

[Your example here.]

  • Compare and contrast what can be known from the opposing epistemologies using the example to illustrate.
  • Make an argument for your position based on the same example.
  • Consider and refute your opposition’s best reply to your argument based on the same example.
  • Show me what you can do making use of the arguments in the assigned texts to win the debate.
  • Do not make reference to philosophical texts not assigned in this course.

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