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Using what we have learned and discussed from Dewey, explore the New Lanark Mill and Robert Owen’s method of mutual benefit in the context of Industrial England at the time. This paper is a philisophical exploration of how Robert Owen finds mutually benefitial capitalism in an era of exploitation. Back up how this was effective using Dewey and Xenophon. If time allows you may reference the way in which modern capitalism exploits its workers today and in the past (if you do, discuss the similarities and differences, and how Dewey/Xenophon plays into all of this).
You need to have at least 4 sources. 5 prefered.
Your essay must be double-spaced and between 15-20 pages, inclusive of notes, but exclusive of title, name, bibliography, etc., with a standard font (e.g., 12-pt. Times New Roman) and margins (e.g., 1 inch). Please include your name, date, page numbers, and a word count at the end. Your essay must have a title and an argument (i.e., it is not a description or summary). Your essay must be written carefully with attention to presentation, style, and spelling. These formal requirements will be evaluated as part of your overall grade.
Your essay will be graded on the basis of four criteria:
depth of engagement with ancient evidence (40%);
intellectual quality of your argument (35%);
the clarity, elegance and persuasiveness of your prose (15%); and
production quality, i.e., the extent to which it conforms to the formal requirements and the standards of professional intellectual work (10%).
The most important determinant of success is the quality of thought.
Your paper should have a thesis. I do not mean a thesis statement, but an actual thesis. You should sit down, think for a while about the question, and then decide on a point of view, something that you can argue. This paper is not an assignment in description or summarization, but in thinking and arguing.
Good thinking is articulated in crisp arguments.
Now that you have a thesis, your paper needs to persuade me of your point of view. In order to do so, you will need to:
understand the material;
think about how you must re-present it in the way most conducive to your argument and where you want the paper to go (again, the point is not summarization: include only those points or steps that move you toward a particular conclusion);
order your presentation of points in a more or less linear fashion that leads your reader inexorably to your conclusion; and
cite passages effectively to support your characterizations of others’ views. Quote only when you need the actual wording for your argument. Thus, the more extensive the quote, the more you are saying to me that you consider it central to your argument as a whole, and your discussion should reflect this implicit assertion. Remember: you have only 5-7 pages: if a block quote takes up half a page or so, you are deciding that this is the best way to use approximately 7-10% of your available space. Be ruthless in your determination of relevance.
Clarity is the cornerstone of elegance.
If you are writing to persuade, you must first be clear: if I cannot follow you, I will not be persuaded. Of course, if you can also be elegant, so much the better; but first you must be clear. So, do not use complicated sentences if they prove stumbling blocks to expression. Do not use long or rare words, but the right words. Etc.
The Core Texts:
John Dewey Human Nature and Conduct, John Dewey Ethics (1932 Version), Xenophon’s Oeconomicus, and Xenophon’s Poroi.