CSE 4/510 & PHI 498, Spring 2004
Last Update: 15 February 2004
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Here is a list of some possible term-paper topics:
Further discussion of any topic covered in class (e.g., your answer to
one of the questions listed on the syllabus, plus
a defense of your answer, or a critical examination of someone
else's (published) answer to one of the questions).
A critical examination of any of the required or recommended (or any
other approved and relevant) readings.
A critical study of any monograph (i.e., book) or anthology (including
special issues of journals) on the philosophy of computer science.
A critical, but general, survey article on the philosophy of computer
science that would be appropriate for an encyclopedia of philosophy or
an encyclopedia of computer science.
- Variation: A presentation and well-argued defense of
your "philosophy of computer science", i.e., your answers
to all (or most) of our questions, together with supporting reasons.
- Other ideas of your own, approved by me in advance.
For general assistance with writing (including my required method of
paper preparation and format, as well as advice on grammar), see my
website "How to Write".
For specific assistance on writing a philosophy paper, see the text by
Woodhouse or any of the guides on the Google list accessible from
"What Is Philosophy?" Webpage.
The paper should be a maximum of 10-15
pages (i.e., about 2500-3750
words) (not counting the bibliography).
Reminder: An abstract and reading list are due no later than
Tuesday, February 24.
Copyright © 2004 by
William J. Rapaport