Meditations on First Philosophy, René Descartes attempts to
establish the existence of the mind, God, and reality.
Setting our ambition a bit lower, we will write about his arguments as
we study the phases of the writing process, elements of
composition--such as thesis statements, promise sentences, structure,
transitions, audience, tone, introductory paragraphs and concluding
paragraphs--and techniques for prewriting, drafting, and
|10/1||The Writing Process|
|10/3||Prewriting Techniques: Idea Formation||Longman Ch. 3|
|10/5||Prewriting Techniques: Organization|
|10/8||Structure & Transitions||Transitions|
|10/10||Draft Workshop||Draft of Feeder One|
|10/15||Thesis Statements and Promise Sentences||Feeder One Due|
|10/17||Audience||Longman Ch. 5|
|10/24||Drafting Techniques||Longman Ch. 6|
|10/31||Draft Workshop||Draft of Unit Project|
|11/5||Global Revision Techniques||Longman Ch. 7|
|11/7||Sentence Revision Techniques||Unit Project Due|
Same as assignment for Philosophy 20.
In Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes contends that the human body and the human mind are two separate entities. In a one thousand word essay, explain your own position on the issue. Do you agree or disagree with Descartes?
A successful essay will present an argument, will demonstrate an understanding of the elements of composition, will have a clear, logical structure, and will have an effective introduction and an effective conclusion.
© 2001 David A. Davis and the University of North Carolina Writing Program