Socrates and Hegel disagree about the relationship that art has to things in the sensible world. Which of the two positions is more compelling, and why? Be sure to reconstruct the most relevant parts of each thinker’s view in the course of making your case.
Be sure your paper includes an introduction in which you: (a) identify the basic topic you are writing about; (b) identify and explain what the core controversy is in relation to that topic, with reference to the two opposing views you are going to focus on; (c) articulate a thesis statement that precisely expresses the main point you will be making in the paper—that is, what “side” you are going to be making a case for; and (d) briefly state the stages your paper will proceed through in making your case.
A big part of the essay involves making good decisions about which specific issues, and which passages of the relevant texts, are the most relevant to focus on. You need to use your judgement to locate which places in the text are the most worthy of your focus. Remember, you are not only to report the author’s view accurately, but also to identify the reasons the author holds these views. To do this well, must document the claims you make by reference to specific portions of the text.
This is not a research essay, in which you track down what others have said, but a critical paper, in which you think through what the authors are saying and develop and express your own thoughts in explaining and interpreting and analyzing the texts and the arguments in them. I highly recommend NOT looking at outside sources (though you might consult other readings from Plato or Hegel, if you choose—this is not necessary). You are responsible for reading the texts yourself, using the help you have received through the lectures.
If you do disregard this recommendation and consult outside sources, YOU MUST DOCUMENT THIS SCRUPULOUSLY. Any material you have drawn from somewhere/someone else must be acknowledged.
No particular citation format is required, but please be consistent, and please be sure to provide page numbers in any citation. Short-form, embedded citations are fine. For instance, for the Plato text, you might just cite in this way (Rep., 366c), where “Rep” is short for the title “The Republic,” and the “366c” represents the margin numbers of the text. Any references to artworks should cite the title, artist, and date.
Please also include footnotes, and a work cited page at the very end.
Thank you very much! 🙂