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Identify a philosophical question for exploration and at least one philosophical concept from which the question will be explored.
Learning Objective: Identify questions that are philosophical in nature.
Response identifies a question that is philosophical in nature and centered on the theme of digital technology. Additionally, the question can be explored using one or more selected and identified philosophical concept(s)
Include a central thesis that answers a philosophical question related to digital technology.
Learning Objective: Construct a central thesis to answer philosophical questions.
Response includes a clearly defined central thesis that reflects careful consideration of the selected philosophical question, and is informed by the chosen philosophical concept(s).
Support a central thesis using arguments drawn from philosophical concepts and academic research.
Learning Objective: Defend philosophical arguments
Response includes a minimum of three arguments that clearly support the thesis. Arguments are related to digital technology, well researched, and drawn from existing philosophical schools of thought.
Technology-Related Philosophical Questioning
You have the opportunity at your workplace to participate in a Digital Frontiers committee with several of your colleagues. This committee’s mission is to bridge the gap between philosophical questions and new digital technologies, such as social media. For your first committee assignment, you’ve been asked to develop a white paper in which you examine how a philosophical concept applies to questions that arise from our digital world.
Drawing on your prior knowledge of philosophical concepts (including utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, rationalism, empiricism, postmodernism, idealism, and materialism), write a 3- to 4-page paper that explores one of the suggested philosophical questions below.
What value does technology provide to life?
Teacher’s FeedbackEven, a good start to addressing, “What value does technology provide to life?”, reflecting on this using a variety of philosophical concepts (utilitarianism, deontology, …). In your introduction, you clearly establish your thesis, stating “As a result, technology has improved life and increased its value through diverse outcomes that could not have been realized in its absence”. In your supporting paragraphs more clearly illustrate the nature of and application of the philosophical concepts. I will open a second attempt.