Question: Is objectivity the best way to know the truth about reality?
Choose one from these Positions FOR Objectivity:
Descartes Scientific Method / Empiricism
Marxs Historical Materialism / Ideology Critique
Choose one from these Positions AGAINST Objectivity:
Nietzsches Existential Perspectivism (Subjectivity)
Abrams Phenomenology (Intersubjectivity)
Hence, these are the possible debate options: (select one)
Science vs Perspectivism
Science vs Phenomenology
Historical Materialism vs Perspectivism
Historical Materialism vs Phenomenology
PROMPT: Write an 800-900 word essay in which you argue FOR or AGAINST the conclusion that objectivity is the best way to know the truth about reality. Use one well-developed example to make your case. Use (only) texts assigned or discussed in this class to make your argument.
USE THIS PARAGRAPH OUTLINE:
Introduction: (a) Briefly distinguish three ways of getting at the truth about reality: objectivity, subjectivity, and intersubjectivity. (b) State your thesis clearly, indicating the position you will take for or against objectivity and the opposition you will take up in response to your argument. And (c) Preview: Promise to demonstrate the strength of [your position] over [your oppositions position] by comparing and contrasting their views on [the truth about example X].
Argument for your position: Explain how your position reveals truth in general. Develop (in depth) an example that supports your thesis: This is the truth about X.
Consider your opposition: Explain how the oppositions position reveals the truth in general. Using the same example provide a contrasting (in depth) depiction of the truth about X.
Analysis: Compare & Contrast: (a) Explain the truth revealed by your position that is not revealed by the oppositions position; (b) consider the truth revealed by your oppositions position that is not revealed by your position.
Conclude with a comparative judgment & implications: (a) State the comparative advantage your position has over the other; and (b) state the implications / good consequences that will follow from your view.