Kwantlen Polytechnic University
First Paper Assignment
Write a short paper (approx. 750 – 9000 words) on the following:
Conventional Ethical Relativism (CER) holds that there are no objective
moral truths; right and wrong are relative to each culture. As clearly and
carefully as you can: explain CER and the main argument for it, and then
explain two objections to that argument.
The paper is due by 1 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 17th. Note: you also have the option
of handing in your essay one week later, without penalty, but I will not provide
written comments on your essay. You are of course welcome to drop by my office to
discuss your essay with me in person.
No late or emailed papers will be accepted without prior arrangement.
Before you begin your essay, you are required to read Kwantlen’s Policy on
Academic Honesty, available here:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand this policy. Because you are
required to read and ensure your understanding of the policy on academic honesty, I
will assume that you know exactly what plagiarism is. If you have any questions or
concerns, please see me.
I have provided several handouts on writing a philosophy paper that you can
download from the course website. For additional help, I recommend:
Peter Horban’s “Writing a Philosophy Paper”
Douglas Portmore’s “Tips on Writing a Philosophy Paper”
James Pryor’s “Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper”
Staple your essay in the upper left hand corner.
Essay should be typed, double-spaced and printed in black ink.
Use a standard, easy-to-read, font. E.g., Times New Roman.
Font size should be 12 pt.
Margins should be approximately 1inch.
You must provide references where needed. (Don't know where references are
needed? Read Kwantlen's Statement on Academic Honesty or see me for help.)
All references should be MLA style. See this guide for help:
You do not need to provide a works cited or bibliography page unless you use
sources that I did not assign. If you use external sources, you must provide a works
cited page (MLA style).
Your essay does not need a title or a title page.
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