A/D/R post assignment

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A reminder of what the course is about: The course is focused on you obtaining, at the end of the course, a better understanding of what 'knowledge' and 'knowing' mean.

How does this stage/assignment/paper fit into the course?

The first step was to get you committed (at least a bit) to a couple of claims that you thought were good examples of 'knowledge' and 'not knowledge'. Now it's time to explore yours and others' claims, using the philosophy you're reading about to help you. You have quite a few options for your 5 A/D/R posts:

  • You can use a resource to help defend your ideas about your K-claims - that they are actually real knowledge like you think they are (or not.)
  • You can use a resource to attack a classmate's K-claim (respectfully!) or even one of yours (if your ego can take it.)
  • You can use a resource to defend your K-claim as real knowledge (or not real knowledge, for the K-claim you think shouldn't count.)
  • You can use a resource to attack, reflect on, or even defend someone else's A/D/R post.
  • You can use a resource to reflect on a 'Truth' paper - either addressing the topic of the paper, or addressing the issue of plagiarism-detection it raises.


Hopefully, you can see that there are lots of options... but they all share 3 things in common:

  1. You must direct your A/D/R post at another wikipost (yours or someone else's.)
  2. You must use a specific, particular resource and epistemological concept as the core of your argument, whatever it is.
  3. You need to use a different resource for each of your A/D/R posts. (You can use a resource someone else has used before, on a different subject, but in the end your posts need to use 5 different resources.)


Is there a word count, or page length? Is there a due date?

No but yes, and yes but no. ;-)

I will NOT be using word counts in this course, for the most part. (Word count is a VERY superficial and inaccurate way to describe almost any assignment.) It takes as long as it takes. Look at the rubric, and use that to help decide when you’ve said enough. That’s what I’ll be using!

Also: you will have as many opportunities as you like (within reason), to refine, revise and polish this. (Check out the Do-Over Policy for details.) Initial attempts might be abysmal, and I won't be shy about telling you that. But that's because I can, without screwing your grade over - you can actually get useful, honest feedback because you have opportunity to improve it. And the better you do, the more you'll learn about epistemology... it's almost diabolical. Leave things until really late in the term... and you might end up getting screwed.

The best way (IMHO) to do well on these assignments is to a) pick a resource or topic that you think is relevant to you & your interests (your K-claims, A/D/Rs that others have posted attacking your views), b) bring that material to class to discuss, and c) use this assignment's rubric to figure out what's expected of you. And take a shot.

How do I submit this assignment?

You post it on the wiki, by surfing to the Wikipost you're 'targeting' and clicking the "Add an A/D/R post addressing this page" button. (That will automatically send you to a form where the 'target post' field is filled out.) Type your A/D/R post in the space provided, or just cut & paste from your word processor.