Touchstone 1: Philosophical Reflection EssayASSIGNMENT: Write a 3-4 page (approx

Touchstone 1: Philosophical Reflection EssayASSIGNMENT: Write a 3-4 page (approximately 700-1000 words) reflection essay about the impact of the philosophical mindset and Ancient Greek philosophy on your own views. In order to foster learning and growth, all essays you submit must be newly written specifically for this course. Any recycled work will be sent back with a 0, and you will be given one attempt to redo the Touchstone.A. Assignment GuidelinesDIRECTIONS: As reported in Plato’s account The Apology, Socrates famously claimed at his trial that “The unexamined life is not worth living.” In this course, you have had the opportunity to examine your own life and reality through the thoughts of the Ancient Greek philosophers. The purpose of this touchstone assignment is for you (1) to engage with the philosophical ideas presented in this course and (2) to reflect on how these philosophical ideas have impacted your own life. Part I: Philosophical ThinkingIn the first part of the touchstone, you will be distinguishing between the three primary branches of philosophy. Consider the three following questions:What is knowledge?
What is reality made of?
What is the good life and how ought I to live it?
These are the basic questions that were considered in different forms by the major figures in Ancient Greek philosophy. But they are also critical questions for our own lives today, whether we are philosophers or not. Part I of this assignment should be approximately 1-2 pages (300-600 words) and cover each of the following steps:First, you should define philosophy and then distinguish and define each of the three main branches of philosophy covered in this class.
Then, identify which of the above questions is associated with each branch of philosophy.
You should illustrate the differences between the three branches of philosophy using examples from the course. For example, explain how Socrates would answer the question “What is knowledge?” or how Epictetus would answer the question “What is the good life?”
Part II: ReflectionFor the second part of the touchstone, now that you’ve distinguished between the three main branches of philosophy, you will focus on one of those three questions from Part I and use that as a starting point and guide for your personal philosophical reflection.The purpose of Part II is for you to reflect on the philosophical mindset and some of the ideas presented in this course and apply them to your own life. This reflection is more open-ended than Part I, but should include reflections on the following questions:What does it mean to think philosophically? How can thinking philosophically help me in my own life?
What impact do the ideas of the Ancient Greek philosophers have on my own views and opinions?
Then, based on these reflections, you should give your own answer to whichever of the three questions from Part I you chose to focus on. (“What is knowledge?”; “What is reality?”; “What is the good life?”)
Part II of this assignment should be approximately 1-2 pages (300-600 words). You should write at least one paragraph for each of the three prompts listed above.In answering these reflection questions, you are free to draw from your own experiences as well as bringing in the ideas of different Ancient Greek philosophers. Please note: Some philosophers will be more suited for particular questions than others. For example, Epictetus has a lot to say about “What is the good life and how ought I to live it?” while not saying much about knowledge or reality. Plato and Aristotle wrote a great deal about all three questions. B. Completion GuidelinesRefer to the checklist below throughout the writing process. Do not submit your Touchstone until it meets these guidelines.Part I: Philosophical Thinking❒ Have you defined philosophy and the three main branches of philosophy?❒ Have you identified which branch of philosophy each of the three basic philosophical questions (“What is knowledge?”; “What is reality?”; “What is the good life?”) corresponds to?❒ Have you used examples of Ancient Greek philosophers covered in this course to illustrate the three branches of philosophy?Part II: Reflection❒ Have you selected one of the three basic philosophical questions from Part I to focus on?❒ Have you reflected on what philosophical thinking means to you?❒ Have you reflected on how the ideas of the Ancient Greek philosophers can impact your own views and opinions?❒ Have you given your own answer to whichever of the three questions from Part I you chose to focus on in Part II?Conventions❒ Have you checked your essay for grammatical and mechanical errors?❒ Have you used spell check or another method to check spelling?Before you Submit❒ Have you included your name, date, and course at the top left of the page?❒ Is your essay between 3-4 pages (approximately 700-1000 words)?C. Rubric Advanced (90-100%)Proficient (75-89%)Needs Improvement (50-74%)Non-Performance (0-49%)Definitions(10 points)Properly define philosophy and distinguish and define each of the three main branches of philosophy covered in this class.(9-10 points)Clearly defines philosophy and each of the three main branches of philosophy.(7-8 points)Clearly defines philosophy and each of the three main branches of philosophy, except for one of the above.(5-6 points)Clearly defines philosophy and each of the three main branches of philosophy, except for two of the above.(0-4 points)Does not properly define philosophy and distinguish and define each of the three main branches of philosophy covered in this class.Connections(5 points)Connect each of the philosophical questions with the associated branch of philosophy.(5 points)Clearly and correctly connects each of the philosophical questions with the associated branch of philosophy.(4 points)Clearly and correctly connects each of the philosophical questions with the associated branch of philosophy, except for one of the above.(3 points)Clearly and correctly connects each of the philosophical questions with the associated branch of philosophy, except for two of the above.(0-2 points)Does not connect each of the philosophical questions with the associated branch of philosophy.Examples(20 points)Illustrate the differences between the three branches of philosophy using examples from the course.(18-20 points)Clearly illustrates each of the three branches of philosophy using examples from the course.(15-17 points)Clearly illustrates at least two of the three branches of philosophy using examples from the course.(10-14 points)Clearly illustrates at least one of the three branches of philosophy using examples from the course.(0-9 points)Does not illustrate the differences between the three branches of philosophy using examples from the course.Philosophical Thinking(5 points)Describe philosophical thinking and reflect on how it can help in a personal way.(5 points)Clearly and accurately describes philosophical thinking. Offers an example of how it helps in a personal way.(4 points)For the most part, clearly and accurately describes philosophical thinking and offers an example of how it helps in a personal way.(3 points)Inaccurately or unclearly describes philosophical thinking, or does not offer an example of how it helps in a personal way.(0-2 points)Does not describe philosophical thinking and reflect on how it can help in a personal way.Impact(10 points)Describe the influence of philosophical viewpoints from the course on personal views and opinions.(9-10 points)Clearly identifies and describes a significant influence of philosophical viewpoints from the course on personal views and opinions. Engagement with course material is evident.(7-8 points)Identifies and describes the influence of philosophical viewpoints from the course on personal views and opinions. Engagement with course material is less evident.(5-6 points)Identifies and poorly describes the influence of philosophical viewpoints from the course on personal views and opinions. Engagement with course material is largely absent.(0-4 points)Does not describe the influence of philosophical viewpoints from the course on personal views and opinions.Reflection(25 points)Select a single philosophical question to explore. Provide and explain your personal reflection on the question.(23-25 points)Clearly selects a single philosophical question to explore. Provides a personal answer to the question and fully explains their thinking with several additional details. Engagement with course material is evident.(19-22 points)Clearly selects a single philosophical question to explore. Provides a personal answer to the question and partially explains their thinking with a few additional details. Engagement with course material is less evident.(13-18 points)Does not clearly select a single philosophical question to explore. Provides an unclear personal answer to the question or does not explain their thinking with any details. Engagement with course material is largely absent.(0-12 points)Does not select a single philosophical question to explore. Does not provide and explain your personal reflection on the question.D. RequirementsThe following requirements must be met for your submission to be graded: Your draft must be 3-4 page (approximately 700-1000 words)
Double-space your submission and use one-inch margins.
Use a readable 12-point font.
All writing must be appropriate for an academic context.
Your submission must be original and written for this assignment.
Plagiarism of any kind is strictly prohibited.
Your submission must include your name, the name of the course, the date, and the title of your composition.
Include all of the assignment components in a single file.
Acceptable file formats include .doc and .docx.
Requirements: must be 3-4 page (approximately 700-1000 words)

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