Essay Philosophy

Argument Essay #2: The Problem of Evil
Purpose/objective.
Many articles you read will have complicated dialectics where the author presents anargument gives possible objections to the argument and then gives a reply. When youread articles and you feel that the author is contradicting himself/herself or is going backand forth this is often an indication that the author is defending an argument against apossible objection.
It takes practice writing clearly so that your reader can follow this dialectic. Thisassignment will help you organize a dialectic so that you can understand and writesophisticated arguments that handle possible objections.
This paper also gives you practice in conversing with others critiquing othersarguments or replying to their arguments against your position. Conversations usuallyhave a dialectic where someone gives an argument and another person disagrees. It isimportant to be respectful and encourage the flow of ideas so that each person can fullyexplain their position and learn from different perspectives. In writing essays alwayswrite as if the reader has never heard of these arguments or terms.
Instructions:
Part One: Give a thesis statement and explain the argument for the Problem of Evil.
In this essay I will examine the argument for the Problem of Evil a possible theodicy against the argument and reply to the theodicy.
The Problem of Evil is an argument that shows that God cannot be either all- powerful all-knowing and/or all good.[Outline an argument for the Problem of Evil. Explain why this argument shows that God cannot be all-powerful and/or all-knowingWrite the following paragraphs and fill in the missing details. This activity is broken intothree parts but your paper should present one essay with paragraphs that flow together.Include citation and bibliography. This is italicized here to indicate what you shouldwrite but your final essay should not be in italics.and/or all- good. Be sure to define an all-PKG god define evil/ suffering and give examples of different kinds of evil/ suffering. This may take 2-3 paragraphs.]
Part Two: Explain one theodicy.
One might object to the Problem of Evil by giving a theodicy. A theodicy is________ [give the definition of theodicy. Make sure to explain that a theodicy will defend the position that God is all-PKG].
One theodicy is_____________ [choose ONE theodicy that we talked about in class. Be sure to explain how this theodicy shows that God is all-PKG even though evil/ suffering exists. Think about God would allow evil to exist or why he wouldnt prevent it or intervene. You may use thought experiments examples or scenarios to illustrate your argument].
Part Three: Explain a rejoinder to the theodicy.
The defender of the Problem of Evil argument can reply to this theodicy by saying____________[Explain a problem with the specific theodicy you explained above. This may require you to show how the theodicy fails in showing that God must be all- powerful all-knowing or all-good.]
I have explained the argument for the Problem of Evil given a possible theodicy and replied to that theodicy.
Argument Essay Rubric (1)
Argument Essay Rubric (1)
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAddresses the Question
Thoroughly addresses all parts of the essay question
Addresses most aspects of the essay question
Addresses parts of the essay question
Fails to address all parts of the essay question
20.0pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExplanation of the philosopher’s position and argument
Accurately characterizes the philosopher’s position and the argument made in its favor.
Mostly accurate in describing the philosopher’s position and argument.
Tries to be accurate but shows some confusion.
Entirely inaccurate.
20.0pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStudent’s Argument
Students takes a clear position and defends it with an argument. Avoids clear fallacies in reasoning.
Student takes clear position and supports it with reasons.
Student takes a clear position but does not support it well with arguments.
Student’s position is unclear and not supported by reasons.
20.0pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization and Clarity
Extremely well organized clear and concise through ought.
Organized and clear.
Attempts organization but unclear in places or missing elements such as a thesis statement.
Lacks organization/unclear
20.0pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProfessionalism (Spelling Grammar and Citations)
Reflects careful editing includes citations and work’s cited page.
A few errors present but they do not distract
Several errors distract at times and/or missing citations.
Errors throughought. Missing citations and work’s cite page.
20.0pts
Total Points:100.0
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