Rowan University
Ellen Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy & Religion
Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Office: Bunce Hall, Third Floor

Office Phone:  856-256-4835

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Final Exam, Review Sheet

ü      The questions for the final will be like those on your quizzes, homework assignments, and handouts given in class. I will post the quiz questions on our website so you can review your answers.

     ü      You may bring an index card, size 4”x6” to the exam, written on both sides. You may write anything you want on the notecard

     ü      Please bring paper, writing utensils to the exam.

     ü      Any form of cheating from your neighbor will result in an automatic F for this final and pursuit of further disciplinary action

 Topics Covered (See Website at

  1. Recognizing Arguments—

§         Review definitions

§         Be sure you can distinguish between an argument and an explanation

§         Remember to re-learn indicator words

§         A bad argument is still an argument

§         Simple and Complex arguments 

  1. Analyzing Arguments

§         Putting simple and complex arguments into standard form

§         Diagramming arguments using bracketing, numbering and arrows

§         Arrows always point down to a number (never a plus sign)

§         Complex arguments will always have at least 2 arrows—one arrow for each inference

§         Look out for indicator words which will show you if you have a complex argument

§         Remember special cases for “if-then,” “either-or,” and “unless” 

  1. Evaluating Arguments

§         Definitions for validity, truth, soundness 

  1. Fallacies
  • Review Fallacies
  • Be sure you can explain in your own words what is wrong with an argument when it contains a fallacy
  • Is/Ought fallacy—from Ethics packet (ie: Your teeth are for chewing. Therefore, you should use your teeth for chewing)

5.    Construct your own argument

  • Defend a claim about a contemporary moral problem (i.e.: affirmative action, animal testing, assisted suicide, abortion, legalizing drugs, war, etc.)  from the perspective of one of the ethical theories discussed in class (utilitarianism, relativism, divine command theory, etc.) by writing a complex argument with two inferences (see course kit, pages 476-481 for theories). Your argument should be around 6-7 lines long.







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