may come across many opportunities W r i t i n g
- Mark Twain, Advice to Youth
- Peter Singer, What should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You? Singer_What Should a Billionaire Give_NYT.pdf Singer_What Should a Billionaire Give_NYT.pdf – Alternative Formats
- Michael Pollan, An Animal’s Place
- Steven Weinberg, Without God, Without God.pdf Without God.pdf – Alternative Formats
- Reg Saner, My Fall Into Knowledge, Saner_my fall into knowledge_1_.pdf Saner_my fall into knowledge_1_.pdf – Alternative Formats
- Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth
This week you probably came across a reading or a video clip that you disagreed with to some extent.
- Select two readings or one reading and one video clip
- In a minimum of 750 words, explain why you disagree with the source/s’ point of view; feel free to use the other readings for this week or outside credible academic sources to underscore your points
- Now, try to imagine the possible response/s to your arguments and objections. Explain the response and rebut your opponent in this imaginary debate. In your rebuttal, consider that you may come across many opportunities to disagree with fellow students throughout your Brandman experience. Write your rebuttal with consideration of how you would address such controversies with fellow students in a debate that is not imaginary.
Consider this scenario (in a minimum of 750 words):
In Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment the main character plots and carries out the murder of an old woman who has a considerable amount of money in her apartment. After killing her, he steals the money. He argues that
- She is a malicious old woman, petty, cantankerous and scheming, useless to herself and to society (which happens to be true), and her life causes no happiness to herself or to others; and
- Her money, if found after her death, would only fall into the hands of chisellers anyway, whereas he would use it for his education (no doubt at Brandman University).
Putting aside for a moment the small detail that the murder is a crime – is this action justified in some way? Yes or no and why? There is one catch; the only sources you can use to buttress your arguments one way or the other must come from this week’s readings and video clips.
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