2 pages long (3 pages maximum), double-spaced, times new roman, 12
point font, and 1 inch margins. Please only use class sources.Goal One—(Present your argument)
Explain which Presocratic philosopher (Heraclitus) you most agree with?1 Provide reasons or
evidence for why this interpretation of the arche is best.
For example, is it the closest to a contemporary scientific explanation of the cosmos? Or
maybe you appreciate the creativity in their thought? Ultimately, reflect on what makes
this metaphysical theory interesting to you.
Goal Two—(Respond to your opposition)
Next, raise an objection from another Presocratic thinker (Parmenides) and then defend your view
against this attack.
For example, if you are supporting Thales you might challenge his theory using
Anaximander. You would then respond to Anaximander’s objections to defend Thales the
best you canI WILL PROVIDE ALL THE RESEARCH AND INFORMATION NEEDED VIA THE FILES UPLOADED. THIS IS A VERY EASY ASSIGNMENT.
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PHIL 3
Assignment 1: The Presocratics
Due via Canvas by Tuesday March 5th at 11:59pm
A complete response is 2 pages long (3 pages maximum), double-spaced, times new roman, 12
point font, and 1 inch margins. Please only use class sources and cite using MLA format.
Think of this like a mini-essay with two goals:
Goal One—(Present your argument)
Explain which Presocratic philosopher you most agree with?1 Provide reasons or
evidence for why this interpretation of the arche is best.
For example, is it the closest to a contemporary scientific explanation of the cosmos? Or
maybe you appreciate the creativity in their thought? Ultimately, reflect on what makes
this metaphysical theory interesting to you.
Goal Two—(Respond to your opposition)
Next, raise an objection from another Presocratic thinker and then defend your view
against this attack.
For example, if you are supporting Thales you might challenge his theory using
Anaximander. You would then respond to Anaximander’s objections to defend Thales the
best you can.
FILE FORMAT:
Canvas only accepts the following file formats: doc, docx, pdf, txt, and rtf (Google docs and
Pages files are unacceptable). Also, Canvas will not process file names that include special
characters or dashes. If Canvas doesn’t accept your file then I can’t grade it.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Submitting this assignment to Canvas will check for plagiarism
and originality through Turnitin.com. Don’t cheat—it’s not worth it. I report all instances of
plagiarism to the Honor Council.
If you’re struggling to complete the assignment, then please please please come to office hours
so we talk it over. We might clarify confusing things from class, make an outline to get you
started, and I’m also open to reasonable deadline extensions.
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You can discuss Parmenides and Zeno together as supporting the same view. However, it
doesn’t make sense to contrast them since they’re arguing for the same position.

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