For this week’s journal assignment, choose ONE of the following questions to respond to in 300 words, about 2-3 paragraphs (or a full page, double-spaced):
- What is the relation between knowledge and belief? Can we have false knowledge? What about false beliefs? Explain the role of evidence in your response. When can we be said to have knowledge?
- Think of a time when your social expectations led you to misjudge a person or the situation. Discuss strategies for improving your critical thinking skills so that this is less likely to happen in the future. Explain how social errors and biases impede critical thinking.
- The ability to evaluate information is a crucial skill for critical thinking. Explain the five criteria from pg. 111 in our text and why they are important when making informed decisions. Provide a url to an online article that you believe lacks proper credibility. Explain why you think the article is problematic.
Philosophy Journal Grading Rubric
Originality and Thoughtfulness
______ (0-3 pts) Are your responses original, and not just regurgitated ideas? Do they show unique thought? Are you giving careful consideration to the questions asked or are your responses superficial and rushed?
______ (0-3 pts) Are your responses factually accurate, i.e. are you correctly applying key concepts and terminology? Do your responses show that you’ve actually done the readings and engaged with other assigned media? Do you include at least two key terms from the chapter?
Composition, Spelling, and Grammar
______ (0-2 pts): Is your language clear and precise college-level writing? Are you using correct terminology? Did you proofread your writing carefully? Do your responses meet the minimum length requirement?
______ (0-2pts): Did you include at least two citations from the textbook? Do they support the idea or concept that you are referencing from the text? Does it follow MLA format, i.e. (Boss, 76)? Format –> (author, page #)