polemicist Posted August 26, 2020 Share Posted August 26, 2020 I have a question about the writing sample, but considered that it need not merit an entire thread. So I thought I'd make a thread for anyone to ask whatever questions they might have about the writing sample, in case others are able to answer (if this already exists and I simply didn't see it, feel free to point me there). My question is: I'm writing an applied ethics paper, but one that also discusses a bit of normative ethics and metaethics. The paper is unfinished but already too long, and I'm wondering how appropriate it is to simply state certain metaethical and normative assumptions at the beginning without defending them. For example, is it appropriate to merely write something like: "The arguments offered here are supported by a few, critical assumptions. First, the metaethical foundation of my argument is non-naturalist moral realism (*brief explanation of what that means), and the normative foundation of my argument is hedonistic utilitarianism (*brief explanation of what that means)." Is there a better way of doing this? Also, should this be written at the beginning of the paper, where I state certain preliminary assumptions, or should it immediately precede the section to which it is relevant? Thank you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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