Choose a topic from list provided. Write a 5 page paper on the subject. I will provide reading materials once topic is chosen.
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Carol Moeller
Philosophy 265
Final Paper
Strive for excellent writing, clear expression of ideas, strong explanations, insight, and good grasp
of the meaning of the videos and text. Remember that the essay grades are based on the quality of
writing as well as the “content.”
As with your exams, pretend that your reader will be someone pretty unfamiliar with the
interviewees and concepts involved. Don’t assume that they will know the “jargon,” explain things
fully.
Remember that you need not agree with the text and interviewers. Your job is to engage
sympathetically to grasp their ideas, reasoning, and visions on their own terms, and to enter into
conversation with the text, stating your own positions and reasoning for them. As the required
components guide below notes, you also must do another thing – consider a potential objection to
your view and respond to it with fresh ideas.
Note: in Exam 2, the questions called on you to summarize main points from the
author/interviewee’s stories and thinking. In this essay, you must go beyond this summary of their
ideas and story, to synthesize and relate across these stories – explaining the meaning and/or
themes occurring, and to respond with your own ideas and reasoning.
1. Choose one or two of the feminist scholar-activists featured so far in Feminist Freedom
Warriors, name the person and explain the following:
• how/why each sees critiques of racism, capitalism, imperialism, homophobia, transphobia
(whichever each focuses upon) as crucial to feminism (I’ll call it coalitional, deeply
intersectional feminism).
• how each imagines liberation/positive change, and their reasons why
For each of these points, respond with your own views on the subject:
• Do you share that specific person’s (or persons’ – plural) view that feminism does well to be
deeply intersectional? Giving your reasoning on why or why not?.
• Do you share that specific person’s (or persons’ – plural) view of liberation/positive
change? Why or why not?
2.
Choose one or two of the authors and a meaningful quote (or related quotes) or
concept/theoretical point, develop it, explain it, and apply it – whether to a situation they
describe or one you see in your life or in the world today generally. (For example, you
might consider Minnie Bruce Pratt’s quote: “the real struggle is for consciousness, but as
that is given to us out of the material moment – how to claim it and hold on to it with
each other;” or with Mohanty and Carty’s words: What do they mean by “building
coalitions and solidarities across struggles” and why they see that as important; or with
Gloria Joseph’s line from the FFW preview video “People still think capitalism is
democracy.”)
Respond to the authors with your own views and reasoning (on the topics you have elaborated.)
3. Imagine a viewer and reader who might access the Feminist Freedom Warriors digital
archive and book, yet see it as irrelevant to them, or to the general population. For
example, they might think “many of these are the stories and ideas of women of color – or
women from the Global South, or lesbians, or activists, or women only, or people obsessed
with politics – but these stories have nothing to do with me and my world.”
Imagine such a viewer/reader and tell a brief story of how/why they might see the FFW stories as
irrelevant. Then explain how you might convince them – or others, resistant to seeing the general
value of FFW – that the stories and ideas from FFW may contribute something.
(If you wish you can do this part of the paper in the form of a letter to that person.)
4. Since many of us do not share the historical, theoretical, and cultural reference points of the
FFW, it may be hard to engage with their stories and ideas and connect with them. Offer lessons
and suggestions for others new to FFW to relate to it on a deep level. You may wish to describe
challenges you or others have experienced in engaging with the FFW, and what solutions you have
found to be helpful.
5. Relate the Feminist Freedom Warriors project to the Minnich text or to any of the videos we
have watched in class, such as Chimamanda Adichie’s TED talks “The Danger of a Single Story”
and “We Should All Be Feminists.” Explain at least three significant ways that the Feminist
Freedom Warrior project (or some element of it such as an interview or some points from the
introduction to the text) relate to one or more points in Minnich or in one of the Chimamanda
Adichie videos. In relation to each point, state whether you agree or disagree with these
perspectives, offering reasons on why or why not.
6. Offer your own narrative and ideas along the lines of the FFW authors – something of your
early experiences, and how you came to question injustices and develop critical consciousness,
your vision of feminism and liberation, and your vision for the future.
7. Topic of your choice, proposed in writing to the professor at least four days prior to due date and
approved in advance.
Philosophy 265 Paper Guidelines
Essays should be 5-6 pages, typewritten, double-spaced, and carefully proofread.
LATE PAPERS WILL BE PENALIZED, UNLESS YOU HAVE REQUESTED AND RECEIVED AN
EXTENSION BEFORE THE DEADLINE
Submit in class or bring to Comenius 110, or over Canvas or to moellerc@moravian.edu
Philosophy 265
Required Components of the Essay
Essays missing any of these components will be graded down for that
You may use any standard bibliographic system, such as APA, MLA, or Chicago
Note: the page range for each required component is suggested.
1. Title (Make this unique and specific to your essay. That is part of taking your work seriously. Do
not just write “Philosophy Paper.”
2. ½ -1 page Brief Introduction/Question (and any philosophical complexities, further
elaboration that is relevant to your argument, etc.) Give a relevant philosophical exposition of the
question, explaining its various dimensions and complexities, why it matters, etc. Focus on the
most important theoretical issues, and outline any specific details or examples that merit our
attention.
3. 1-2 pages Your Position and Argument for It Include precise thesis statement. Explain
your strongest argument for your position, stating your position clearly, giving sound reasons and
valid arguments to support your views.
4. 1 page
Objection to Your View and Counter-argument (to your view) Explain at least
one of a potential critic’s/opponents’ strongest criticisms of your argument, rendering this
potential objection fairly and sympathetically. (That is, show it to be a genuine disagreement for
good reasons, somehow. Don’t act like the objection is just absurd.) If you are divided or of two
minds on the issue, use the opposing ideas you are tempted by and refine your position by reestablishing it and arguing for it even in the face of that objection.
5. 1 page
Your Replies and argument in response to your potential opponents’ one or more
strongest criticisms of your initial arguments, reaffirming your position in the face of them
6. ½ – 1 page Conclusion Re-affirming your position with reinforcement of your argument,
reminding the reader why your view should win out over the objections you have considered.
Be sure to follow all aspects of Moravian College’s academic conduct policy. Cite any sources fully, giving
page numbers. Academic misconduct may result in an F for the course and/or 0 for the assignment.
You need not do any outside research. Your assignment is to engage deeply with one or more texts from
the course, developing your own view.

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