Political Philosophy

In Module/Week 4, you are required to submit a brief essay which discusses a current news article that relates to political philosophy. The purpose of this assignment is to encourage you to evaluate current public policy issues and their treatment in the media in light of their philosophical foundations. The news articles you select must illustrate a real-world application of one or more of the philosophical concepts covered in the readings of the course. Your essay must be a critical review of the articles, meaning that you must provide your own philosophical analysis regarding the articles, rather than simply summarizing them.

Mention at least 2 of the philosophers from the course and include excerpts from their writings with references to the course text. Review the News Article Review Grading Rubric to improve the quality of your essay, and be sure to adhere to all of the specific guidelines described below.

Scriptural excerpts with citations are required in all written assignments.

News Article Selection Guidelines

The articles or news stories that you choose must: be found in a newspaper, on a news program, or from another reputable media source (including reputable internet sources); be published within the last year; and clearly illustrate the application or outgrowth from one of the philosophical ideas covered in the course.

Essay Guidelines

Your essay must be brief (½–1 page double-spaced) but must include the following elements: introduction, body, and conclusion. In the essay, you must summarize the article in order to demonstrate your comprehension of the content. Additionally, you must identify key elements discussed in the article and relate those elements back to concepts discussed in the course. Discuss whether the situation described in the article implements any of the concepts discussed in the course or if there are possible ways that concepts from the course could be implemented.

At the end of the essay, provide the complete citation for the article (including the publication date). Include the actual article either by pasting it at the end of the document or by providing a link to the article. Format the essay and citation in current Turabian style.
Book needed
Strauss, Leo and Joseph Cropsey. History of Political Philosophy. 3rd ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1987. ISBN: 9780226777108.

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