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Philosophy by Another Name

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It might have made sense in the age of Pythagoras, but the word "philosophy" no longer applies. We need a new one.

A)

1. the nomeclature of philosophy

2. Philosophy as a term is not an accurate description of the academic study. The current term is obsolete and should be dropped for a more accurate one. The Greek roots of the word are far too general and vague. Those who were once described as philosophers have now broken off into more specific fields of study, such as history, science, and psychology. The current name severs ties between the study of philosophy and the study of other sciences. Any argument that philosophy is in actuality an art is incorrect. Thus, the author has come up with a new term for philosophy: "ontics".

3. The current name "philosophy" should be replaced by a more accurate one.

4.  Quite. "Let us drop the name 'philosophy' for the discipline so called and replace it with a new one."

6. He is a studier of philosophy who is forward-minded and original.

7. Students of philosophy and those interested in the evolution of academics in general.

8. Personally, no. He merely discusses the topic without really giving evidence, other than quoting the Greek meaning of philosophy.

9. McGinn, Collin. "Philosophy by Another Name." New York Times. 4 March. 2012: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/philosophy-by-another-name/?ref=opinion 

B)

The author appeals to pathos, that is the emotional indignance of philodophy students ("Our subject then falls into disrepute and incomprehension") as well as logos, naturally ("Those inquirers in other fields have new names more suitable to their specificity").

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The Gay Marriage Halo Effect

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The stance of New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, on same-sex marriage has given him a pass among liberals, even as many of his policies chip away at their sacred cows.

A)

1.Gay marriage

2.Andrew Cuomo, governor of new York, passes a same-sex marriage bill, gaining support from open-mionded Liberals. However, the bill is quickly vetoed by Chris Christie, a move which the author suggests is purely political and will like prove to be detrimental.

3.Gay marriage bills are progressive and will likely soon become a part of regular American life.

4.Yes. "By 2016, it is not inconceivable that same-sex marriage will be a widely accepted part of American life."

6.He is a progressive Liberal political analyst who supports same-sex marriage.

7.New Yorkers and other people interested in the New York political climate.

8.Yes, he offers all of the facts involved in the passing and vetoing of the bill.

9.Nocera, Joe. "The Gay Marriage Halo Effect." New York Times. 20 Feb. 2012: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/opinion/nocera-gay-marriage-halo-effect.html?ref=opinion

B)

The author simply states facts to support his case, such as offering Christie's inevitable presidential campaign as an example of why hew might have vetoed the bill politically: "Though Christie decided not to run, he will almost certainly be a leading contender if he runs in 2016".

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Uncle Sam Is No Imam

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Counterterrorism efforts have put officials on a collision course with Islamic thought — and with the Constitution.

A)

1.The article centers around government involvement in the control of Islamic religion.

2.The author cites efforts by national security to control Islamic religion and make it acceptable and declares this action unconstitutional.

3.The government should not be involved in controlling Islamic religious extremism.

4.Yes. "The government must not be heavily and directly involved."

6.He has Liberal viewpoints and approaches the situation from a logical and humane perspective.

7.Intelligent Liberal readers interested in extremist conflict.

8.Yes. He describes and cites various meetings and information from various officials on both sides of the conflict, though I wish he had cited more evidence supporting that mainstream Islam IS a peaceful religion.

9.Rascoff, Samuel J. "Uncle Sam Is No Imam." New York Times. 20 Feb. 2012: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/opinion/uncle-sam-is-no-imam.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

B)

The author applies both to the reader's logic and their ethics. He says things such as "The problem is that when American officials intervene in Islamic teachings ... they create tensions, both legal and strategic" as well as "the government inappropriately serves as a missionary when it looks to convert would-be radicals" in an effort to persaude his readers.

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The Challenge to Marriage Equality

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Driven by bigotry, New Hampshire is poised to take a great leap backward and repeal its state law that allows same-sex marriage.

A:

1) Same-sex marriage

2)Right-wing politicians in New Hampshire seek to repeal the law allowing for same-sex marriage in the state, though their reasons for doing so are vague and unfounded and they are opposed by their left-wing counterparts and 59% of the populace at large.

3)Republicans seeking to repeal same-sex marriage are bigotted and foolish.

4)Yes. After describing the repeal bill and giving examples of the contained text, the writer states "This is breathtakingly dangerous foolishness".

6)The columnist is a left-wing Democrat who supports gay rights.

7)Those interested in New Hampshire politics and those who support the developement of gay rights.

8)Yes, the author does a good job of providing solid quotes and explaining his opinion.

9)"The Challenge to Marriage Equality." New York Times. 28 Feb. 2012: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/opinion/the-challenge-to-marriage-equality.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

B:

The author appeals to the Logos side of a person, stating the obvious benefits of retaining the law, the populace's obvious approval (59%) and denouncing the right-wing antagonists as attempting to repeal the bill for "no legitamate reason" and stating this to be "breathtakingly dangerous foolishness."

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Value Our Families

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Gay people’s desire to be married is a compliment to an institution in need of one, and should be welcomed as such.

A)

1.Gay Marriage

2.Gay marriage supports improvement of marital equality and could improve marriage rights quite conservatively. Furthermore, those that use religious evidence against gay marriage are hypocritical.

3.Gay marriage should be made legal.

4.Yes. "In the intensifying debate over same-sex marriage, what I sometimes find hardest to understand is why so many opponents don’t see gay people’s longing to be wedded as the fundamentally conservative, lavishly complimentary desire it is."

6.He is a Liberal, homosexual male who supports gay marriage and denounces religious conservatism.

7.Open-minded, intelligent, probably Liberal readers

8.Yes, he gives enough evidence mixed with a large amount of personal insight to build a firm argument.

9.Bruni, Frank. "Value Our Families." New York Times. 20 Feb. 2012: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/opinion/bruni-value-our-families.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

B:

The author attempts to appeal ethicaly to conservatives by justifying same-sex marriage as a " fundamentally conservative, lavishly complimentary desire", and demonstrating how unsuccessful orthodox marriages are.

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The Darkening Tone of the Primaries

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Mitt Romney drew the wrong lesson from a callous and mean-spirited Florida campaign.

 

A:

1) Mitt Romney loses support through mean-spirited and misguided campaign strategies.

2)In Florida Primaries, Romney makes comment that he is "not concerned about the very poor". Later, he accused the President of commanding "religious organizations to violate their conscience". This is causing Romney to slip in the polls.

3)Romney needs to clean up his act if he has any hopes for succeeding in this campaign.

4)"If this is the direction he plans to take in the coming months, he will first need to save the soul of his campaign."

6)He is a Liberal left-wing supporter who is disgusted with Republican candidate tactics.

7)Adult voters interested in keeping up with developements in the GOPs.

8)Yes, he does, he gives many solid quotes and explains the context of each quote well.

9)"The Darkening Tone of the Primaries." New York Times. 1 Feb. 2012: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/opinion/the-darkening-tone-of-the-primaries.html?_r=1&ref=editorials

 

B:

The author appeals to a logical mind. His article plays heavily on Logos. He gives evidence of Romney's ineptitude and context as to what issue that could cause, such as 'Mr. Romney has spent so much time on the attack against either Mr. Gingrich or Mr. Obama that his only positive message in Florida was an off-key rendition of “America the Beautiful.” ', which just shows the animosity and ridiculousness of Romney's campaign.

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