PHL 1010 – Summer 2021
Critical Thinking “Jury” Paper (100 points)
Overview & Purpose:
Philosophy has been called “the great conversation.” Inspired by that idea, this paper will require you to use your critical
thinking skills in order to analyze one modern philosopher by putting him “on trial” before the “jury” of Socrates, Plato,
and/or Aristotle. What would these ancient Greek philosophers have to say about a later philosopher’s ideas?
You can write this paper as a traditional five paragraph essay or you can choose to write a “creative writing” style of
paper in which the philosophers appear as characters in a story or dialogue/play. You can even make yourself a character
in your story/play.
1. Select one paper topic from the approved list (see below).
2. Select an ancient Greek philosophical judge/jury (see below; your choices are limited by your topic). You must
choose at least one Greek philosopher (Socrates, Plato, and/or Aristotle) to serve as a “judge” or “jury member” in
your paper, but depending on your topic and preference, you could also choose to include the others.
3. Select only one modern philosopher to go “on trial” before your ancient Greek judge or jury (see below; your
choices are limited by your topic).
1. What is the relationship between the body and the mind? [Week 11-12]
Ancient Greek philosophers: Socrates (Plato’s Apology); Plato (Republic – Allegory of the Cave and/or Republic –
on justice and happiness)
Modern philosopher: Descartes (Meditations I, II, and VI) or John Searle (“Can Computers Think?”)
2. Do happiness and the virtuous/moral life go together (if so, in what way)? Why or why not? [Week 13-14]
Ancient Greek philosophers: Socrates (Plato’s Apology); Plato (Republic – on justice and happiness); Aristotle
Modern philosopher: Immanuel Kant (Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals and
“On a Supposed Right to Lie From Altruistic Motives”) or John Stuart Mill (Excerpts from Utilitarianism)
3. Do we always have to obey the laws of our society? Why or why not? [Week 15]
Ancient Greek philosophers: Socrates (Plato’s Apology); Plato (Republic – on justice and happiness)
Modern philosopher: Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologiae on law) or Martin Luther King, Jr. (“Letter from a
Format, Citations, Works Cited:
• Name, Date, PHL 1010, and “Critical Thinking Jury Paper” should all appear at the top left-hand side of your paper.
• The text of the paper should be in a classic size 12 font and double-spaced with 1-inch margins.
• The paper must include quotes from the relevant assigned readings to support your analysis and explanation of the
philosophers’ ideas, accompanied by in-text citations. The assigned readings you reference in your paper will
depend on which topic and philosophers you have chosen to write about. For instance, if you select
Why Choose Us
- 100% non-plagiarized Papers
- 24/7 /365 Service Available
- Affordable Prices
- Any Paper, Urgency, and Subject
- Will complete your papers in 6 hours
- On-time Delivery
- Money-back and Privacy guarantees
- Unlimited Amendments upon request
- Satisfaction guarantee
How it Works
- Click on the “Place Order” tab at the top menu or “Order Now” icon at the bottom and a new page will appear with an order form to be filled.
- Fill in your paper’s requirements in the "PAPER DETAILS" section.
- Fill in your paper’s academic level, deadline, and the required number of pages from the drop-down menus.
- Click “CREATE ACCOUNT & SIGN IN” to enter your registration details and get an account with us for record-keeping and then, click on “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT” at the bottom of the page.
- From there, the payment sections will show, follow the guided payment process and your order will be available for our writing team to work on it.